Winter Radiance by Claudia Seymour, 2005, pastel, 15 x 11.
What sort of fixative, if any, should pastel artists apply to finished works? "Used properly and sparingly, fixative is a godsend," says artist Claudia Seymour. Our experts agree—but they also offer words of caution about using the right materials in a safe environment.
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Have you ever wondered whether a specific combination of mediums will work well with a certain type of paint? Not sure about the best way to frame or present your artwork? Need advice on repairing a damaged piece?
Every month, American Artist features a Technical Q+A column, in which our art experts suggest solutions to problems like these. And we want to answer your questions!
Group of Trees by Gilles-Francois-Joseph Closson, oil on paper mounted to canvas, 14 3/4 x 19 1/8.
Mounting paper to canvas used to be a common method painters would use to increase the price at which they could sell their works. But doing this without damaging the work can be difficult.
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