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TOPIC: Practical Advice
#6314
Practical Advice 4 Years ago  
Help please!!

I have always drawn with watercolour pencils (dry) and love them but recently I got some new pencils which smudge really easily. They are fantastic to draw with and give great results but I am a messy artist and end up covered and sometimes messing bits up.



I would love any suggestions as to how best to protect the work I have done so I can enjoy my new pencils as much as my usual ones.

Thank you
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#6320
Re:Practical Advice 4 Years ago  
If you aren`t going to use water on the work, would a very light spray of workable fixative help? I don`t work with colored pencils all that much, but have worked with pastels, and found that a very light spray of fixative helped prevent smudges.
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#6325
Re:Practical Advice 4 Years ago  
I also work with watercolor pencils over my acrylic paint to define certain areas and add fine detail. I tend to use a piece of paper to protect my work. For me this works but I don't work on paper so I don't know if that makes a difference.
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#6905
Re:Practical Advice 3 Years, 11 Months ago  
fixative spray is good, but if you can't get it, try strong hold hair spray or even starch spray if you can get it.

the hair spray is wonderful alternative for fixing pastel works, so it may work for pencil too
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#6932
Re:Practical Advice 3 Years, 11 Months ago  
I used to use hair spray all the time. It's much cheaper than a fixative (well in France anyways).

I know that MightyFineArt for example works from the top left to bottom right. He finishes each section he works on rather than work on the entire drawing at once. I think this may make it easier to keep your work clean since you can then lean on paper to protect your drawing. He has some step by step tutorial videos in the video section here.

I also know that DorsArt is somewhat of an expert with colored pencils. She also did a tutorial which is posted in the forum. She would be happy if you sent her a pm to ask her.
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#6946
Re:Practical Advice 3 Years, 11 Months ago  
water color pencils over acrylic - can you show an example of that?
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