Yep – hairspray is the best – I’ve been running art studios teaching 2000+ kids art classes every week and all we ever use is hairspray and trust me we’ve tried everything! Jun 18, 2016 - How can I seal and preserve my oil pastel and acrylic paintings? 2020 has been a peach of a year. i’ve never really minded paint, i use acrylics with k-6! This is a brilliant set for beginners, amateur and student artists to experiment and practice at home and in classrooms. And it starts to smudge on the paper and blend with the paint color. When you work on the artwork again, the children already have their “placemats”. Wow – great timing – we just finished a pastel chalk project yesterday! The framing place has a special way of placing them in the frame without hurting it. I think it helps for the paper to have some texture but perhaps not as textured as watercolor paper. It can take three to four applications before it fully fixes the oil pastels. Reader Question: I just discovered the fun that could be had by using oil pastels in conjunction with acrylic paints. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I didn’t have any hairspray on hand or foresight to get some before I finished a piece and needed to carry it out, so I gave it a very light coat of rustoleum clear enamel and it didn’t curl the paper or distort the colors as much as hairspray which I’ve used in the past. Specialty papers are designed to hold many layers. Thankyou, hairspray also works with charcoal and pencil drawings – anything that smudges really. After tapping off the loose chalk, it’s not nearly as messy as using card stock. Here’s the thing. I did this with my grade 1s last year. I would suggest going into a art store (not Michael’s) and showing them your work or ask about sprays. . There are some options out there for spraying a pastel painting to seal it (such as those done on canvas), but spray fixative that comes in a can is really just a quick tool to help “control” your pastels. Regular is tan. I love using chalk pastels, but unfortunately, all art supplies that are dusty have been banned from the art classes. Learn More, Giving children the chance to see different career opportunities in art is probably the most exciting thing an aspiring young artist can learn about. I went to use the many cans of spray fixative that I found in the cabinet ordered by a former art teacher and it says in huge letters that it is know to cause birth defects! I tried a fixative last year and it made the projects lighten and pixilate very badly. I will try and find a finer cheaper misting spray.. I’m a street painter and participate in the festivals like at the one in Santa Barbara at the mission. It also gives the piece a shiny finish. This piece contains 3 slightly longer HD video demos taking you through all stages of the process – at least my process! I have found that when the paper curls,I turned it over and ironed the backside. Acrylics are water-based and don't mix well with oils. Have you ever tried BF Hirm-Austria, Cretacolors … they are so beautiful and smooth. For a dry application, simply draw on the canvas, and use a paper towel, finger or sponge to blend the colors. probably your oldest Student in the UK, Piet. There are several ways to provide additional protection to the surface though, especially if you are painting on board, metal or wood and do not intend to frame them at all. Uneven spraying will make your pastel drawing look patchy. I would head to an art supply store to see what they would recommend. It may help your painting process, but expecting more of it … They are expensive and I suspect aren’t meant for cheap school-grade chalk. Now if I could just find a way to like working with clay….. Love this Paula! Techniques Featured in this Video: Create a background using the “Use Your Words” stencil. Many professionals never use fixative. Using DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish to seal PanPastels. If you're combining the two mediums, it's better to use oil pastels on top of acrylics. I played with my Scribble Scratch stencil and a cut out of a person on the 6×6 Gelli Plate to create the base of this art journal page. Whether you are working with charcoal or pastels, the best way to secure your designs and artwork is to seal them on the surface. In fact, the smaller the piece, the easier it is for a small child to work with. For me, Final Net Hairspray is the best. I also seal my paintings with a spay Sennelier recommends. By Thaneeya McArdle © 2008-2020 Thaneeya LLC. Using wax pastels comes naturally to most art students because the application for these colorful little sticks closely resembles that of many other drawing tools. Since that day chalk pastels have been our favorite art medium to use. Definitely test the mixture and your sprayer before trying on the kids’ work – I hope it works for you. Being think layers, I avoid using a liquid fixative as it will damage the texture. I can only fantasise it being mentally ill health driven, by anxiety and xenophobia…. Love this thread and the ideas. I’ve had fairly good success with it. Covering your chalk pastel artwork in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes chalk pastel pieces next level, sealing and protecting them with a professional looking finish and a glossy sheen that makes colour pop! Follow the grain of the canvas to prevent the white from showing through the pastels. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking spraying as you never know what’s going to happen. Test to see if the PanPastels smudge any and if they do, spray again. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that chalk art gets home safely: Your email address will not be published. I just noticed that it has started to faded out. If they feel the chalk looks too light they do another thin layer and rub that with towel, building up layers until they achieve the value they want. Hi what brand hairspray do you use please I think it was a lucky piece of work as I’m pleased with the result. I’m off to make something colorful . How to store pastel drawings. Phyl, I just linked to your lesson plan with wet bogus paper and chalk pastels and can’t wait to try it! I have a chalk pastel project that I do with my fourth graders. Yep, we have tried many different brands of fixative on our pastel drawings, we came to the conclusion that hairspray works best, and the cheaper the better. I’d be interested to see if hat works-! There are variations on how modellers use artists pastels and I’m just showing you what I do. My school is in an urban setting, and my room isn’t well ventilated (no access to open windows!!) Apply chalk to a canvas using either a dry or wet technique. Kids love to rub chalk! Techniques Featured in this Video: Create a background using the “Use Your Words” stencil. No paint, brushes or water necessary to create a colorful work of art. Oddly I’d not thought to put it on chalk, great hint. Learn More, I’ve taken a lot of time this Fall to step back. In the past, I have always bought the most inexpensive pastels. When I say I add layers on top what I mean is I like to flood it with spray inks, brush paint around on top, and I am not very gentle about it. Thanks for the hairspray tip! However a kids Art project is different, especially if they have to transport it. Watch You can Seal PanPastels with Color Bloom Spray Ink on YouTube. Whichever one you try, be sure to do test applications first to reduce the chance of unpleasant "surprise" results. I always keep a roll of it handy. As we were making peacock feathers, they could only use as many colours as they had fingers. The dark background allows the vibrancy of the chalk pastel to really pop. The trick here is to encourage a child (especially one that is 10 and under) to draw large. Do not use plexiglass or acrylic sheeting as the static electricity will draw pastel dust to itself. artist oil pastels (I paid $4.95 at Ben Franklin’s) Make sure it is an oil based pastel. I really enjoy your lessons and helpful hints! I usually allow at least 1 inch along each edge. I love your website. I also found that a layer of tissue before stacking unfinished work and a spritz of AquaNet hairspray when finished kept everything nice and neat. I was inspired by your color mixing fish exercise and used a black oil pastel and then chalk followed by black oil pastel to make the colors pop. Patty, I’ve always used hairspray to seal chalk pastels, usually whatever brand is cheaper at the dollar store. Thanks?? Artists have reported success with Sennelier D'Artigny Oil Pastel Fixative, which as the name suggests is designed specifically to fix oil pastels. I am stuck , can you suggest something? Chalk by nature really isn’t permanent. Simply fold the newspaper over the artwork (tap excess chalk into a trash can) and place in a child’s portfolio. There is no right or wrong way. I am looking for final net hairspray and only see non-aerosol versions. Many professionals never use fixative. Step 1 Lay out your drop cloth in a well-ventilated room or outdoors. Patty, I’ve always used hairspray to seal chalk pastels, usually whatever brand is cheaper at the dollar store. During clean-up, they marvelled at all the liquid colours created while washing their hands in the sink. Explore. The spray is acid free and archival safe and protects items from smudging, yellowing and wrinkling, yet you can erase through the coating to rework artwork if needed. Sennelier makes a finishing spray to help seal the oil pastels. I would use a spray designed for chalk but nothing will cover completely. Hands down my favorite art technique. I prefer Sennelier oil pastels as they are creamy and easy to blend. This may produce some reflection glare, but we use contact paper on both side to form a seal on the art work. Each of these pastel techniques can be used on their own or combined, to produce a pastel painting. Sometimes it’s the tiniest detail that can transform a class. What can I use to seal it. Both of these factors mean that the acrylics are not going to adere well to the oil pastels and may peel off over time. I am doing a large art piece on wood and am using chalk. toothpicks; flat tray for mixing; razor blade; paper bag or drop cloth Getting Set Up Pastel shavings to repair chipped ceramic. Newspaper: Before beginning a chalk project, lay a double spread of a newspaper down on the table. I also seal my paintings with a spay Sennelier recommends. It may help your painting process, but expecting more of it than that will probably just leave you disappointed. I am going to put it under plexiglass. Hairspray: You may have noticed that when you sprayed chalk pastel artwork with hairspray, the spray tends to discolor/lighten/darken or even pixilate the artwork. If I hold the can up high enough over the work it minimizes the spotting and usually dries with little or no change to the look of the colors. Same here, I like to do a rainforest with chalks and Hairspray works…but curls paper…. The only advice I have is to use the brand with the finest spray. Learn More, I’m about to say something that may raise an eyebrow– or two. Color right up to the black line and smooth the chalk. To received notification when each post is published on the blog, make sure you are signed up for my weekly newsletter: So if you are past this and you have just created a chalk lesson with your kids, you might be wondering what’s next? They still look like they did almost 50 years ago. Oil pastel art looks similar to works made with oil paints, but oil pastels are not mixable like traditional oil paints. I’m a bit surprised that aerosol hairspray is still around as well, and perhaps even more surprised that I still use it! Yay! One of my favorite examples of adding tints and shades to a painting using chalk pastels is this Underwater Jellyfish lesson. So glad I found your class, You don’t need perfect, unmarked sticks of chalk to create beautiful art. Sealants are also used for pastel, pencil, ink and charcoal drawings. on. Not to be used without permission. If I hold the can up high enough over the work it minimizes the spotting and usually dries with little or no change to the look of the colors. When you spray your oil pastel and acrylic artwork, always do so in a properly ventilated area and apply the spray lightly, following the directions on the can. Fortuitously your wonderfully informative site was the first I opened, problem solved– the cheapest ‘hairspray’. Wow! Your email address will not be published. I have framed paintings without glass and … They are soft, glorious and come in every color imaginable. Great post, thank you! Spray a 2nd coat and let dry. I use Aqua Net (always sprayed outside) to fix our chalk pastel artworks. I have never heard of bogus paper but I’ll look into it. You can get great effects doing this with contrasting or complementary colors. I can get a watercolor-y run when I don’t rub the PanPastels in and add lots of Color Bloom spray ink. My students are thrilled with their projects! It’s true. try papel amate Budget Pick Colour Block Soft Pastel Art Set 100 highly saturated soft pastels made with finely ground pure pigments for all your color needs. Another problem is that oil pastels never fully dry, because their binder is a non-drying oil. Welcome Oil Pastels Artists! Protect them from that, and your work will stand the ravages of time *way* better than oils and acrylics do. I wonder if wetting the chalk would work in the same way? Spray a light mist and let dry. Required fields are marked *. Look at the cheaper options as you want to buy one without any added conditioners or oils. You can get them at finer art stores. Faber-Castell Soft Pastels can be used with other mediums such as Pitt Artist Pens and Goldfaber Colored Pencils. I have the kids paint a light coat of mod podge over top and it works great. They are costly.. but if you like chalks, these are 5 star all the way. Refer to this article by Michelle Weise on "Framing Pastelbord" for tips on matting and framing pastels. I have done a picture with willow charcoal on a canvas. Students can use finger to rub chalk up to a line or to fill in an area without using a thick layer of chalk. I don’t use it indoors but I stand in the doorway so I can still be technically in the classroom and stand to the side where I can see them. Roofing felt? You can even continue reworking the artwork after you apply it. 2000+ kids is insane Crystal! Takes colors nicely. I have my degree in Art and we were taught not to spray our pastel drawings anymore if you are framing or selling them. Love your site! Even a slight bump to the art piece may cause it to lose some of the chalk if it isn't "fixed" in place. And if you’re into color-mixing, you can’t beat pastels. Some artists also report success with Krylon Kamar spray varnish, which provides a non-yellowing protective coat over oils and acrylics. I know that it is possible to buy fixative for pastels on paper, but when I asked at the art supply shop they told me that they were't sure that it would work on fabric (its just plain cotton that I'm using.) Learn More, When I first boarded the plane to head to sunny Santa Barbara last October, I had no idea the emotions that were in store. I took a mixed media class last year and the instructor swore by a mixture of NONFAT milk mixed with 70% alcohol applied with a very fine sprayer. The “rubbing it in” technic smears the chalk. The fact that an art teacher or institution running an art class finds it at all appropriate to ban traditional art materials is profoundly backwards in my opinion and quite counter productive. I wish I had read this before — what a mess! it doesn’t sound like the stuff we do with kid’s art. Sealing Scratchbord I do scrapbooking can I use chalk on cardstock and will it smudge if I put it in a page protector if so what can I do so it won’t smudge I greatly appreciate ur info on it. Fill the space in coordinating colors. If you'd like a more in-depth course, this 24-lecture How to Paint course from The Great Courses Plus will teach you all you need to know about painting. But has nice silky like qualities. We put a light layer of chalk on the picture then rub it into the paper using paper towel. In addition, only two brands, Holbein and Sennelier, include toxic mineral pigments such as Cadmiums and Cobalt. They make an outline with the chalk and then rub the dust toward the middle. Patty, yes, you can dip pastel chalks in water for a quick dash of vibrant color, as long as you have a nice toothy or absorbent paper. I recently enrolled them to show to grandkids, no worse for wear! If you are working with a new set of pastels, go ahead and break the long sticks in half. Of course, no matter hitch process you use, you still have the same dilemma when they are dry and back to their chalky state. This tutorial includes techniques such as blending, layering and hatching. I am in the middle of my first chalk pastel project with 3rd and 5th grade. I leave an outer edge for it to seal correctly and the chalk stays in place. The results are just what I am looking for, but I really need to seal the pastels so that they won't rub off. It is my favorite medium. I haven’t used a sealant since school art classes 60 years ago. In case you’re looking for another excellent … Fixative dulls a painting, slightly liquefying it, and lowers the sparkle. Wow! Patty, I just tried chalk pastels on roofing felt and it is BEAUTIFUL!!! Even our white cat had pastel chalked paws by the time we were finished! I’m using cardboard as my canvas. The fumes are non toxic, dissipate quickly and generally dry quickly without spotting. They have always served me well but this year I splurged a bit and have purchased Alpha Color Pastels. Your purchase helps support this site and keeps it free of ads. I, myself, have a tactile aversion to chalk/pastel, so I rarely use it with kids, but that just doesn’t seem fair. Oil Pastels Painting . Sennelier D'Artigny Oil Pastel Fixative creates a shiny sheen, but that can be adjusted with the addition of an acrylic varnish over top (more on that in a minute). Apr 1, 2015 - Sketches in chalk, pastels or charcoal share a common conundrum -- without a fixative, the drawing smears easily, ruining your work. At this point you can choose to the leave the oil pastel and acrylic artwork as is, or you can go an extra step and apply a few layers of acrylic varnish. Shake it for 10 seconds so the rice or cornmeal wears away the dirt. You collect the supplies, round up the artists and watch the creativity unfold. Last updated: November 2018 If you’re a complete beginner to oil pastels, or if you’ve been working with them for awhile, I’ve written this guide just for you. Use chalk pastel over dry paint to add highlights, contrast and extra details. May 30, 2014 - How can I seal and preserve my oil pastel and acrylic paintings? I love this site and don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have it. So much fun. Hi Sasha!! A friend who teaches high school art used hairspray, but she said to put the pastel art work on the floor then spray, allowing 4-6 feet. Even a slight bump to the art piece may cause it to lose some of the chalk if it isn't "fixed" in place. There are different types of materials that you can use for a painting or drawing canvas. I have given up on chalk pastel as they are VERY DUSTY. Pastels are damaged by sweeping something over the surface, and by moisture and/or humidity (mold), and insects eating the paper. 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