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Non-toxic, workable, and fully archival, SpectraFix is a casein-based fixative that utilizes milk protein and grain alcohol to hold and protect your media without dulling or darkening colors. Because it's all-natural and odor-free, you can spray your project indoors while you work — no more odors, unhealthy fumes, or long waits outdoors!
Endorsed by artists, teaching professionals, and educators alike, SpectraFix easily disperses a fine cloud of fixative mist over artwork, leaving colors brilliant without altering the hue. It dries quickly to an invisible, non-yellowing, matte finish, and provides traction to allow multiple layering of pastels.
SpectraFix is ideal for use with pastel, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, Conté crayon, casein, under oil paints, and for crossover techniques. It works beautifully on all popular papers, including Wallis, ColorFix, La Carte, Pastelbord, UArt, Gatorfoam, Canson, and all watercolor, printing, and laid papers.
SpectraFix comes in a non-pressurized fine-mist pump sprayer that’s environmentally friendly, recyclable, and travels well.
Conforms to ASTM D-4236.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Does its job well
from NW WA
Comments about SpectraFix Spray Fixative:
Used on pencil and charcoal drawings to prevent smudging. Works well. Curls my cheap sketchbook paper, but it flattens out with time. Curling can be reduved by setting weights on page or taping down. I'm really sensitive to chemicals due to immune disorder, I use this inside and it doesn't seem to bother me much. It leaves drips on the page if I don't press plunger down with zeal.In the past I have sprayed skim milk and almond milk thru an airbrush to fix graphite drawings. Skim milk is more effective but both work. Spectrafix is more effective than either, though more expensive. Longer shelf life is worth the cost to me.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great Non Toxic Fixative
By Pastel Artist
from British Columbia
I bought this product to use for my soft pastel drawing. I couldn't stand using the toxic fixative (which lists health hazards on the bottle) and needed something I could use indoors. This product really works, is non toxic and odor free. I found misting my pastel paintings twice (with drying time between)at about 16 inches away worked better than trying to mist at 6-8 inches as with traditional aerosol fixatives. If you spray from too close, it gets your paper very wet and can warp it. Misting farther away gets an even coating and doesn't leave your paper sopping.I definitely recommend this product to anyone who cares about their health,the environment and wants a n alternative that works!
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Mixed feelings about this product
from Pendleton, SC
I LOVE that it is odorless. Wish it sprayed a fine, even mist. Instead it comes out in mist and drops! If this could be corrected, it would be a great product.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us! Many users find that they have to be very liberal in their application of this fixative, "wetting" the surface so that it dries evenly. If you have any questions on the application, please feel welcome to contact our Product Information Department at 1-800-933-2542 or email@example.com. We're happy to offer tips and suggestions!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Non-toxic, doesn't change color, re-workable
from Ocras, WA
Make sure you're mixing concentrate with pure alcohol (rubbing alcohol will do). Don't use the spray on thin paper, it will buckle. Probably over 90lb is where it will be ok. But test it before you spray the artwork! It's important to not overspray - keep distance from the art piece, so that the spray hits it with a mist. It's better to spray lightly in a few rounds than trying to cover it all in one go. Note that if you spray it too much in one go it WILL change color!Keep in mind, this fixative does not fix it permanently, so you still have to handle your work with care. But it does a great job at keeping all charcoal and pastel in place and makes it ready for archiving (under glassine) and framing.
I will buy this again
from Toms River, NJ
Needed a fixative I could use indoors. This is it! Works great! I started painting a picture I had drawn in pencil, but the graphite started smudging. Sprayed it and let it sit for a bit. Worked like a charm. No more smudging!! No noxious odors to deal with like a normal spray fixative.
excellent fixative for watercolor art
I am a watercolor artist and I found this product served my fixing purposes very well. I especially like that it is odor free & all natural in its components.
from Aurora, Colorado
It is true that you will need to work your pastels on heavy paper. I use 140 to 300 lb rough water color paper . I work my pastels into the back side. This allows mixture of the pastels on the paper in many layers. It takes the spectra fix very well. heavy saturation with this fix is no problem on the 100% cotton surface. the pastels create grain and surface bite themselves after a heavy coat of fix. Colors blend amazingly. Love the Product. Will continue to test on other surfaces.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
No toxic odor
There is absolutely no odor to this fixative! That's a great find if you need to fix your pastels. No more toxic fumes!
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
nontoxic, buckles charcoal paper
from Danville, Pa
I was looking for a nontoxic spray fixative solution because of doing live charcoal portraits in public. I could not spray the standard fixatives indoors due to the harsh fumes. So I found this product which is quite similar to a homemade recipe I tried. Results were the same. A big relief in that there are no harsh chemicals or fumes. It is safe to spray, you dont need a mask, there is no smell, and it wont make you sick. The downside, unfortunately is that because of the water content in this fixative, it is a wet fixative and causes my charcoal paper to buckle. You must use this on paper designed to get wet. Even when I tried to spray lightly with layers, the same result happened. If you use this for pastels on a heavy weight printmaking paper this might work fine. I experimented with this, and the 300 lb paper curled a little, but no buckling.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
good, but not amazing
This is not a replacement for actual fixative. It's best used as a layering thing. I used it most successfully in pastel and acrylic paint on illustration board. It's not entirely waterproof; unless you're gentle with a brush it wipes away the fixative to expose the layers underneath, which is NOT necessarily a bad thing and actually I was able to get really cool, surprising textures that way. It does seem to be bad for brushes though.I definitely wouldn't use this for papers under 80 lb. With this stuff, a decent fix requires several layers which get progressively more destructive to the paper regardless of drying time (I'd recommend more than the 1-2 minutes suggested on the bottle). The illustration board warped too, but I expected it since I work with pretty diluted paint anyway.I noticed that as it dries, after the rubbing alcohol smell it weirdly smells like milk?
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