Should you fix your pictures?

//Should you fix your pictures?

It’s a question that comes up a lot here at Colin Bradley Art, and it’s a good one.

Do you fix your pictures using fixative?

Years ago, I did used to fix my pictures. The main reason was because I thought this is simply what you did with Pastel. However I didn’t feel it was very successful and realised early on it wasn’t a good idea.


In the very beginning I was using Carb-Othello pastel pencils and often I had to fix the picture and then work on top of it to create extra depth. Now don’t get me wrong, they are a good pencil but they looked a little dull and needed refreshing. The dark colours appeared fine so I would go back over the picture with the lighter colours.

When I switched to the Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils, I found I didn’t have to fix the picture. We’ve said before in previous posts that the Pitt Pastel Pencil has a higher pigmentation and appear brighter. This was much better for me and saved me re-doing the picture after fixing it, which I felt often lost some of the “sparkle” from the picture.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 16.39.03Of course this is my experience and it’s entirely up to you whether you decide to fix your picture. If you do prefer to fix then I recommend ‘Perfix’ by Daler Rowney which you can purchase through the SAA here.

To switch to faber-castell pitt pastel pencils, visit our art store here.

Do you fix your pictures? What’s your experience? Let us know in the comments below.

By | 2018-03-15T15:13:45+00:00 January 28th, 2014|Framing, Fixing & Pricing|2 Comments