Spray fixative binds your artwork to the drawing surface. I use two different types of finishing sprays.
• Workable fixative is undetectable when applied. Though you can continue drawing with graphite and charcoal once the spray has been applied, you cannot with colored pencil. The wax in Prismacolor pencils actually rises to the surface, making the colors appear cloudy and dull. Workable fixative behaves as a resist, stopping this blooming effect and making the colors true again.
• Damar varnish gives a high-gloss shine to Prismacolor drawings, making it look like an oil painting and the colors shiny and vivid. (Its primary use is to seal oil paintings.) This is great for drawings of fruit, flowers and portraits.
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