How can I protect my drawings?
You can spray several light coats. Spray fixative outside or in a well ventilated space. You can use it to preserve charcoal, pencil and pastel drawings. If you don't have fixative, you can use hairspray as a substitute.
What is fixative spray?
Fixative is a clear liquid made with resin or casein and something to evaporate quickly, like alcohol. It is usually sprayed onto a dry media artwork to stabilise the pigment or graphite on the surface and to preserve finished artwork from dust. It is similar to varnish.
How do I protect my charcoal drawings?
Keep your paper clean while drawing. To keep the paper clean and to prevent smudging when drawing, put a piece of acetate under your drawing hand. It will stick to your hand and glide over your drawing as your hand moves. It's best to wipe both sides of the acetate after each use so it's ready for next time.
How do you preserve and frame a pencil drawing?
Apply a spray-on fixative to the surface of the pencil drawing. A fixative helps to preserve the image by holding the graphite more firmly to the paper to prevent smearing over time. If the drawing was sketched with colored pencils, a fixative will also intensify the colors and prevent fading.