Pressure Fixative

by Elizabeth Clay Biddle
(Stamford, Connecticut, USA)

I use a pressure technique in order to avoid spoiling my colors with fixative. With the painting face up on a flat table I cover the surface with waxed paper. Then I roll it with a brayer or rub it hard with a wadded up cloth to press the pastel into the paper.


This re-hardens the pastel and eliminates the mess the powder makes when you try to shake it off. It also preserves the freshness of the pastel colors.

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Brayer
by: ECB

A brayer is a hard rubber rolling pin that comes in different sizes.

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pressure fixatif
by: ECB

This technique presses the pastel into the crevices of the paper. The paper remains the same.

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How does this affect the paper surface?
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Does the pressure "flatten" the paper's texture - thus lessening its ability to hold layers of color?

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what is it
by: Anonymous

a different bit of advice- what is a brayer? thanks

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