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paulfleet wrote:I am going to do some pencil sketches and have heard that you can use hair spray as a fixative. Is this just an urban myth. Have you tried it and does it work, if so what spray would you recommend.
I've heard that this works, though I've never tried it myself. Personally I'd shell out a little extra for an artist fixative, or at least do a fair amount of research on the hairspray first,either online or testing it yourself on something that you didn't put a lot of time and love into. The ingredients in both can be similar, but hairsprays might have extra unwanted components (conditioners, fragrance, etc.) Also, I was fond of hairspray flamethrowers when I was a kid, so if you work by candlelight, be careful.
My daughter also sprays on her watercolor illustrations.
Reason is the cost and my view that both does the same job and my drawings are not meant for eternity.
I have found the biggest difference between pro art grade fixative & cheap hairspray has little to do with the ingredients.... the difference is in the spray nozzle. The higher priced fixative has a better spray nozzle & delivers a consistent finer mist without blobs, spatters, or droplets. So, I purchased a can to use for my best projects & simply switch the nozzle to the hairspray for the less expensive projects.
Hope I've helped.
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