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At the moment I'm not able to paint as we are undergoing electric rewireing, lots of dust etc. I am using the time to better my drawing skill something I used to do a lot. Earlier this year I was given some graphite sticks and am experimenting with them. The problem I find is they can be messy, and smudge easily, what can I used to fix the finished drawing. Someone has suggested hair spray, l'd look silly buying some as I have very little hair, does it work? On the drawing I mean.
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Forget hair spray Paul, it's not right for the job and will certainly go yellow in no time.

Use a pastel fixative from an art supplier, this will sort out any issues with charcoal, pastel and other medium of that nature. I've used all brands but the one I use at the moment is Frisk.
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Agree with Alan, don't use hairspray.  Fixative is a mite expensive, but a lot safer than the product I use to control my wayward and plentiful locks.  There are several different types, labelled fixative but not necessarily pastel fixative.   Some of them do have a bit of a whiff (as indeed can hairspray) - I need to either wear a mask of hold a cloth over my nose and mouth when spraying, because I tend to wheeze otherwise.  At least have a window open, or spray outside, if that is likely to affect you.  
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It is powerful stuff and you definitely need to go outside if you can, you wouldn't want to breath it in.

Use sparingly and just a quick light spray, applying a second one if it needs it. Yes it is expensive I suppose, this Frisk make is competitive in price, and a well known brand name.
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Thank you Alan and Robert for the product advice and the safety notes. I have enough respiratory problems without additional help from chemicals. I thought hairspray was a bit odd and wanted advice from those in the know, will pop off to the cart supplier.

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Remember the varnish goes everywhere. Make sure there is nothing near the painting which you do not want covered in varnish.


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Thanks Pat I think I will wait for a dry calm day and spray it outside. Sounds quite nasty stuff , the thing we do for our art.

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If you really want chapter and verse on fixatives, have a look at the Jacksons blog on the subject.

https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2014/08/29/fixatives-are-not-all-the-same/

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The Jacko’s info is comprehensive but deals only with aerosols. I prefer to a non-aerosol liquid fixative applied with a diffuser. I work with both graphite and pastels and use Lukas fixative from Great Art. I buy it by the litre as I keep a small bottle in the car with my sketching kit and also use it for ‘finished’ work. In the long-run it’s cheaper than aerosols unless your venture into drawing is only temporary when the aerosol would be a more sensible option.

I’ve also used a dilute acrylic medium on large graphite drawings and it gives a certain surface quality that I like. Takes a lot of puff to cover a five-feet square drawing though.
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I have tried using a diffuser, but never got on with it as I found i got uneven splatters rather than an even spray. Probably not enough puff!

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Thank you all for your response, some very good and sound advice. I will go for spray as I don't do that much work that I would need a larger amount. The forum is so valuable when needing advice etc, I'm sure other people have questions but are a bit shy of asking, go ahead and ask. No one will think you are silly for not knowing, there is a wealth of knowledge available and others will gain from your asking.

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