How to preserve paper

Hi,
I did it again,I ruined some of my pictures trying to preserve them.
does anyone have a good way to preserve paper/ prismacolor drawings with mod podge

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6 replies since 13th January 2015 • Last reply 1st December 2018

Modpodge is the wrong kind of sealant for preserving drawings. Spray fixative is what you need--because you spray it on, it doesn't smudge or drag colors around.

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thx
but will it work if the picture is going to be folded up?

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Just use hairspray, that usually works for me Happy

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Acrylic varnish work really well, but you have to wear a dust mask when you spray it, because it is really nasty to breath in.

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Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but why are you worried about preserving it if you are just going to fold it up? Folding it is damaging as much as smearing, even more so since you're weakening the actual paper. Try getting some mailing tubes for storing your work.

Also I agree with monika, using several thin coats of spray fixative will seal it. Hairspray is cheaper and will also work like steph said but is not archival so it will start to degrade the paper after a while. In the long run its totally worth the extra money to buy archival and/or acid-free fixative so that your paper doesn't yellow or weaken. It seems like a waste of money to buy the expensive colored pencils but then not finish/store them properly.

I'm sorry for lecturing, one of my teachers made sure we understood this stuff. Hope it all goes well!

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