Protect drawings or pastels from smearing. Permanent fixative protects it from damage and seals it from further alteration whereas workable fixatives allow you to continue to work without damaging the previous layers of medium.

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Workable Fixatives allow you to continue your work on a piece. Use workable fixatives between layers, or apply them when you want to protect an unfinished piece and return to work on it later.

Preferred Brand

SpectraFix Spray Fixative SpectraFix Spray Fixative
Non-toxic, workable, and fully archival, SpectraFix is a casein-based fixative that utilizes milk protein and grain alcohol to hold and protect your media without dulling or darkening colors. Ideal for use with a variety of media.


Final Fixatives are non-workable, and should be used only when the artwork is completed. Apply the fixative lightly, without wetting or soaking the paper. Once the fixative has been applied, it provides some protection against smudging and ultraviolet light.

Preferred Brand

Grumbacher Final Fixative Grumbacher Final Fixative
Grumbacher Final Fixative is a workable fixative for charcoal, pastels, and pencil work, appropriate for use on paper, photographs, printed materials, and ceramics. Colorless, flexible, non-yellowing, fast-drying and can be reworked when dry.

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