Textured and Final Fixatives
In order for Brush and Pencil's Fixative to work, always use sanded, rigid and non-absorbent surfaces as described under 'Sanded Paper"
Make sure to test the fixatives on a scrap piece of paper first.
Use and store at room temperature.
Brush and Pencil's Advanced Color Pencil Textured Fixative is designed to isolate and seal layers of colour pencil. By doing so, it enables practically unlimited layering by restoring the tooth to the painting surface. It's impact on the already established values or colours is minimal. At the same time, previous colour pencil layers are isolated and resistant to subsequent Odourless Mineral Spirits (OMS) or Powder Blender application.
Due to Texture Fixative's properties, it is now possible to apply chromatic colours to black or dark surfaces without white underpainting.
It gives the artist the freedom to develop the composition from dark to light or light to dark.
Texture Fixative is non-yellowing, non-darkening, acid free and archival.
Final Fixative seals the painting and preserves it thus preparing it for varnish application.
When using Texture and Final Fixative, make sure your paper is capable of withstanding liquid application and will not buckle or warp after a few coats of spray. Some papers are created using a very weak adhesive which is sensitive to ethanol. Because the Fixatives contain ethanol, it is important to make sure, the paper is suitable.
Texture Fixative and Final Fixative are not acrylic based and will not form a smooth film like acrylics but harden when dry. Therefore, it is important to use rigid surfaces to avoid cracking and loss of archival properties of the fixatives.
Make sure the fixatives have dried, cured and hardened before applying the next layer of colour pencil.
Textured Fixative will leave a noticeable texture to the touch that provides tooth for continuous layering. Let the surface dry naturally and completely for about 15 minutes or speed the process up with a hair dryer on warm by gently blowing over the surface. Air temperature and humidity will have an affect on drying time.
If you do not plan to work on some areas of your composition, shield the area with a loose mask, like a piece of paper, to prevent Texture Fixative from covering it.
For even application of Textured and Final Fixative, it is very important to shake the can vigorously for at least 2 minutes prior to your first use of the day. Subsequent usage only requires a quick shake. However, after about 2 hrs, the contents will have separated again and need to be shaken for 2 minutes again. This will allow the propellant to mix with the liquid fixative in the can so it can be completely and evenly evacuated. Thus a fine product mist is created.
If the fixative liquid and propellant are not mixed well, the propellant-fixative mixture will be evacuated out of the can unevenly and some pockets of gas will be expelled that carry no liquid, as well as some 'blobs' of liquid with insufficient quantities of gas. This will create bubbles of fixative and uneven coverage on the surface.
Also, when you begin spraying, the immediate 'jet' from the nozzle has the strongest impact. Therefore, for best results start spraying beside the paper surface, move across and turn back once you have moved past the surface on the other side. Do not start spraying or change direction on top of your artwork.
These are issues that all aerosols have and are not unique to Brush and Pencil's fixatives.
Clean your nozzle regularly. Any dried residue will result in uneven mist and can lead to larger droplets. A quick soak in warm water followed by a rinse under running water will loosen any dried residue. Wipe the nozzle dry and replace. To load it prior to use, simply spray a small amount away from your surface. Make sure the nozzle is open and clean.
For best results, spray from a distance of 20cm to 30cm and start spraying beside the working area, moving across to the opposite side, turn beside the surface and move back, slightly overlapping the first sprayed area. Cover the whole area and let it dry completely. Then, apply another layer in the perpendicular direction. This way, droplets will be well distributed on the surface and dry evenly.
Accidental blobs or bubbles are more likely to occur at the beginning or end of the spraying process. By starting to the side of the work surface, their occurrence on top of the art work is minimized. However, should larger droplets or bubbles appear on the work surface, gently wipe them off with tissue paper or a cotton bud. Let the fixative dry and apply another layer. Or simply leave to dry and go over it with your next layer of colour pencil.
When using OMS and Powder Blender, it is important to make sure that OMS and Powder Blender are not used within the same layer but separated by a layer or two of fixative. It is best to practise on a scrap piece of paper to see how much fixative is needed to seperate the individual layers and prevent mixing OMS and Powder Blender. Be sure to let the fixative completely dry and cure.