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Is it safe to use spray fixative under oil?

(Gary Westlake) #1

Occasionally, I will use pencil to sketch on an acrylic gessoed board before applying oil. Because, the oil can pick up some of the graphite I would like to use a spray fixative to keep the pencil drawing in place. Do you think this would affect the integrity of the painting?

(Connie McLennan) #2

As far as I know, that’s part of its purpose. My Utrecht can says"…produces a matte surface that can be worked over easily with most art mediums." I have used it under paintings for years, assuming it’s just a layer of another type of plastic. Lots of information out there:


(Gary Westlake) #3

Thanks Connie for these very useful references.