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        09-24-2011, 05:11 PM
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Help from all of you artsy people? ;P

    I'm about to donate a bunch of my sketches to a fundraiser at our therapeudic facility (twenty), but the problem is that I use cherry-wood pencils with soft graphite/charcole. I use textured medium weight paper, but they tend to smear a LOT. I'd really hate for someone to pay ten dollars for something, only to have it ruined a few days later because a child touched it, or they pressed it against something.

    What I'm wondering is if anyone has an idea for perserving the sketches? My paper is 9 x 12, a rather odd size to find slips for. I was just going to use a page protector (clear plastic) to slide them in, but those come in normal paper size, not 9 x 12. I don't want to laminate it unless I absolutely have to. Is there something I can spray on them, or a place I can buy page protectors from that run in that size? Any ideas are appreciated!
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        09-24-2011, 06:34 PM
    Ya they have specials sprays for charcoal and graphite works. You should be able to buy it at any art store. :) Usually after spraying it twice (so you spray once, let it dry and then spray again), it should be 99-100% non smear-able. :) Make sure you get a good quality and non yellowing one though.
        09-24-2011, 08:30 PM
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Ok! I'll check hobby lobby on my next art run, then.
        09-24-2011, 08:54 PM
    Yep, they're called fixatives, you can also pick a "workable" fixative so you can go back and make changes if you need to. Another tip is to make sure you spray from a distance. I ended up ruining one of my pastel drawings from accidentally splattering fixative on it instead of getting an even spray.

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