Sunday, December 30, 2007

These little gifts for your artwork ~

Here's a beautiful photo of a pair of french women that I just know you can use in your artwork!!

I wanted to tell you all a little hint about printing images out on your ink jet printer . . . when you try to collage these pages after you've printed them out on your printer they will sometimes smear ~ I use a gel medium from the artist painting section at Michael's. Your colors will smear all over the place and totally ruin the pretty image that you're wanting to use in your work.

Well, I discovered a fixative that is sold at the craft/art store and it is a pastel/charcoal fixative that you spray on the print before you use it to "set" the colors and after it's dry, then you use the gel medium and it will hold it's colors!

But another neat tip . . . my oldest son Brent graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (with a film degree) and knows this first hand . . . he used just a cheap ultra hold hair spray to do the exact same thing!!! Just remember with each product the fixative or hair spray, if you overwork the collage the fixative or hairspray will eventually dissolve!! But the hair spray is so much cheaper and the product performs the same duty! Give it a try and see what you think ~
xxoo, Dawn


Alison Gibbs said...

Thanks for the hint. I will have to give it a try.
I especially like what Brent went to College to learn. Yep cheap hairspray is definitely on my next shopping list.
Have a fun new Years.

Kim said...

Thank you for your generousity, both for the images and the info! Hairspray is in my studio now, I use it for pastels! Love your work, The boxes are terrific. I'm inspired! Kim

madrekarin said...

I remember my art teacher using hair spray on our chalk and pastel drawings. I never would have thought to use it on copies!! What a great idea.

Lee Weber said...

I have a whole can of fixative that I never even thought to use!!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the lovely picture and the tip! I was actually going to decoupage a table with printed pictures last weekend when my friend mentioned I would need a sealant and I had no idea what to use!


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