Home Member Services Content Areas Tools Info Center WC Partners Shop Help
Search for:

Welcome to the WetCanvas forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit our help center.

Go Back   WetCanvas > Explore Media > Pastels > Soft Pastel Talk
User Name
Register Mark Forums Read

Salute to our Partners
WC! Sponsors

Our Sponsors
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-26-2013, 08:13 AM
Dizzydogs Dizzydogs is offline
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 80
Hails from United Kingdom
Advice please

After many years of avoiding pastels and working mainly with grafite and watercolour I have this morning done a pastel which I am pleased with

It is for a client who I know will also be pleased....BUT it has to be posted prior to her framing

I am concerned about loosing its luster......now all those years ago (about 30) when I did pastels if you fixed them it dulled everything and they lost so much vitality ...... Everything has moved on.

This is on sennelier paper plus thier pastels......does it have to be fixed? And can someone recommend with what?

(Saw a post about not using anything wet/damp)

Thanks x [/quote]
Reply With Quote
  #2   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-26-2013, 08:37 AM
allydoodle's Avatar
allydoodle allydoodle is offline
WC! Guide
New York
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,770
Hails from United States
Re: Advice please

You don't need to use any fixative of any kind on this, just put a mat on it and frame it behind glass. Nothing will happen to it, the glass will protect it. I have a painting on Sennelier LaCarte which is 13 years old and framed under glass. I never us a fixative. It's the same as it was when I originally painted it.

You are correct in your concern about fixative darkening the painting. Most fixatives will do that, the painting looses its sparkle. Pastels aren't as delicate as one might think, they're actually very resilient, and archival. I am thinking you've used Sennelier LaCarte paper here, which definitely cannot take moisture. It is an excellent paper, just not good with moisture. You've used excellent paper and pastels, which is the most important thing in ensuring its longevity. Frame it under glass and you are finished!

Beautiful work, I am sure your client will be thrilled.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, Welcome to the Pastel Forum!
Chris - WetCanvas Guide, Pastel Forum

Last edited by allydoodle : 11-26-2013 at 08:43 AM. Reason: added welcome comment
Reply With Quote
  #3   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-26-2013, 09:08 AM
Dizzydogs Dizzydogs is offline
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 80
Hails from United Kingdom
Re: Advice please

Thankyou very much....I used to use pastels a lot...A1 size life drawing around 30 years ago...I used to love them...but life and space got in the way and other mediums can be easier and less messy....

It's wonderful to get back to them.....but as I said my confidence ins not great....so looking forward to getting more done xx
Reply With Quote
  #4   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-26-2013, 12:45 PM
DAK723's Avatar
DAK723 DAK723 is online now
WC! Guide
Rochester, NY
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 12,585
Re: Advice please

If you need to mail this prior to framing, you can create a "foam board sandwich" - placing the painting between two pieces of foam board or something similar. You can place a piece of glassine or tracing paper over the pianting to help protect it. Then tape the foam boards together.

And, yes, welcome to the forum!

Don Ketchek, WC Guide - Pastels

My Blog My Art Gallery My Photo Gallery
Reply With Quote
  #5   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-26-2013, 01:49 PM
pastel65 pastel65 is offline
Lord of the Arts
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,213
Hails from United States
Re: Advice please

I agree with not using fixative. Yrs ago I was told to spray the back of the pastel if on paper like canson and that worked but I sprayed very lightly. Last time I tried it on the front of a painting I was left with thousands of "spots" on the painting and I had to touch up the entire painting. It was a good quality fixative - at least I thought it was Lots of people commented on my posting in this section asking if anyone used credit cards to fix a pastel like I saw on a YouTube video. There were some great suggestions you may want to look at. Pam
Reply With Quote
  #6   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-26-2013, 04:05 PM
Colorix's Avatar
Colorix Colorix is offline
A WC! Legend
Stockholm, Sweden
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 13,556
Hails from Sweden
Re: Advice please

Lovely dog, welcome! On that paper, you definitely don't need any fixative, it holds pigment very well.

Good for you to rediscover the joys of pastel painting!

Charlie's Site/Blog
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:46 PM.

© 2014 F+W All rights reserved.