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« on: July 03, 2010 10:23:20 PM »

so I have started doing art in Pastels and Charcoal and really love it, and I want to put up some of my pieces on my deviant art account...the issue I have is I am sure that stuff would come off on the glass on the scanner how can I do a good scan so I get detail of the picture but not mess up the picture or the scanner itself.
lol sort of an odd question my apologies just an odd thought i had after working on a piece I was doing this afternoon.
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010 10:31:21 PM »

Do you have a digital camera? That would be better for posting your pics and you don't have to worry about messing up you artwork. If you don't have a camera you can use an aerosol hairspray to "set" the pastels. I would do a test patch on something else to make sure it won't affect the colors and such, but I used to do thing before so my pastels would get on other things. I think they also make special pastel setting sprays just for that. I've always used hairspray, very lightly Smiley But please test it on something first! I would hate for you to ruin a piece of art! It has been years and years since I have used pastels.

« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010 05:45:07 PM »

I might try the hair spray but if anyone could necessarily tell me if there was special stuff you can use to with pastels like you said I might be interested in trying that out to some degree as well.
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010 07:19:23 PM »

Hair spray won't be archival, in case you're concerned about preservation for a long time.
I don't know of a specific spray for pastels but I'm sure there is some if you look in a store's pastel or spray sections.
Personally I just carefully lay things on the scanner (drop them down straight instead of moving around) then wipe the scanner down after.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010 08:17:49 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010 09:59:13 AM »

definitely invest in a Fixitive spray. Sold at most arts and crafts store, they have a bunch of different kinds, including kinds that are still workable. They range in price but you can usually find some for around $5.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2010 11:02:08 AM »

Just be sure to use the fixative spray in a well-ventilated area. (Although, it is fun to see how your nostrils will stick together if you breathe in too much fixative or spray adhesive, but maybe that's just the nerve damage talking...)

You can always lay an acetate sheet or transparency on your scanner to protect the glass. If your piece is small enough, you could even use painter's tape to tape the transparency to your drawing, like a cover sheet, so that it doesn't move around and smudge the drawing.

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