Protective finishing of the pages and covers of the Seed Journal

by Charlene
(Cincinnati,Ohio, USA)

Mixed Media Art Questions for Milliande



Do you use a spray fixative over your finished work, or do you use some kind of a gel medium. What keeps everything from rubbing off? I never see you put anything over your work. I am referring to watercolor paint or twinkling h2o's, or any paint used as a background or finishing process.

I did a journal page with twinks as the background, then did a mandala in micron pen doodles and flowers and the twinks was coming off on to my warm hands, should I have sealed the background first, and with what should it be sealed with.

Help, and Thanks for your encouragement.
Charlene
ottingmom@aol.com

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Hi Charlene

Usually I do not bother sealing when I work in my art journal ... the cover I either seal with gelmedium or matte varnish

In case of watercolour paints which are prone to reactivating or smudging when adding another medium on top I would use a sprayfixative before adding another watersoluble art medium ...

Spray Fixative is usually sold for pastels , Golden makes a UV spray fixative which I would use if working on an artwork that is to be displayed and exposed to the light .

Generally my journal is more about the process... If it smudges..I dont really mind I just work with it ... if I plan a watercolor layer as the base and I know I want to add gesso or acrylic on top ... or if using loose media like Twinkling H2O's then I would use a spray fixative ... or a cheaper alternative would be using a hairspray

Hairspray however is not archival -- eg it will yellow with age ..so fine if using in a journal but not a good option when using a canvas or artwork to display

Hope this helps
...milliande :-)

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