Sealing Charcoal Drawings

Is there a way that you can put a clear coat of acrylic medium on a charcoal drawing to seal it? My idea is to attach a drawing to a panel and put a type of sealant on it to protect the image, and paper, without having to use any type of glass, Plexiglas, etc. I understand that this may change the surface texture of the image and make it more smooth and glossy rather than what you get from raw paper.


Any tips? Thank you!

Hi,

There are many kinds of sealers available that are typically used for pastels ... liek a spray sealant that would avoid smudging the image


A Spray sealant could be applied as the first coat , to prevent the smudging before applying a varnish

Golden manufactures a UV protective varnish ..which might be useful to use if the charcoal is not protected behind glass however I am not sure in how far that is necessary .. does charcoal fade a lot ?

MAybe someone else can chime in ..so I am putting it out here :-)

hope this helps
... milliande

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Your solution for drawings on panels works but people are scared of drawings that appear to be unprotected. Museum glass works well but is very expensive. My collectors prefer glass-covered work, but I do not. I suppose the glass-less pieces are a bit more vulnerable to being hit by something than the glass ones, although glass shards can go right through a drawing. Your call. Charlie

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