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What is Spray Fixative?
Spray fixative is usually used on dry media artwork to help stabilise the colour or pigment of the surface. It is a clear liquid spray that protects the artwork and preserves the piece for display. It is made with resin or casein and evaporates quickly much like an alcohol spray.
Made with a colourless aerosol formula, Winsor & Newton Professional Fixative is specifically formulated to protect your artwork from smudging and dust. It has a non-yellowing solution and dries to a low sheen.
Simply spray an even layer over your work to prevent it from smudging or dusting. Use two or three very light sprays and wait several minutes between each application for optimal results. The fixative dries quickly and is completely transparent. The fixative can be layered, making it great for use with charcoals and pastels and allowing you to add further depth to your artwork.
This product is a ‘workable fixative’, meaning it adds a toothy texture to your work. When no more pencil will apply due to saturation of the paper, applying a spray of workable fixative will add tooth on top and will allow you to continue working.
Safety warnings for using Fixative
Why choose Winsor & Newton Professional Fixative?
How to make the most of your fixative
Pastel drawings have a tendency to be fragile as the particles on the paper are not surrounded by a binder. Adding a coat or two of fixative will give that little bit of extra protection, saving your artwork from smudging if brushed against by mistake.
A light coating of fixative will help to stop pastel dust from sticking onto glass once the picture is framed. It also improves the lightfastness of pastels. However, using too much fixative can cause a considerable colour change to your pastel drawing as the fixative wets out the pigment.
How to use Winsor & Newton Professional Fixative
Use at room temperature to ensure an even spray and make sure you use it in a well-ventilated room. Shake the can before use.
Keep your artwork horizontal or slightly tilted and hold the can 25 - 30cm from your work. For an even coating, start the spray at the side of the work and spray from top to bottom. Apply light coats only in order to minimise colour change.
Who are Winsor & Newton?
In 1832, William Winsor and Henry Newton introduced the first moist watercolours to the world. Today, Winsor and Newton remain the premier choice for artists, offering a wide variety of fine art supplies including oil, watercolour, acrylic and alkyd paints, pastels, artists' brushes, canvases, papers and portfolios.