Protect those pastel paintings!

Hi folks! A couple days ago I showed you how to paint branches and berries in pastel. After I posted that tutorial I got a lot of questions about using fixative and how to protect the pastels in storage. Today I’ll show you what I do:

I hope that helped. If you still have questions leave them below:) Happy crafting!

8 Responses

  1. Hi Lindsay,

    do oil pastels have to be protected too, or rather everything else near oil pastel drawings? They seem so sticky so I wonder if it would make other sheets stick to them or even cause the oil pastel to seep through other sheets of paper.

    When I opened my tin of Caran d’Ache oil pastels after YEARS of not using them some of the oil pastels had a kind of waxy brittle crystalline residue on the paper wrapped around them. That makes me feel a bit cautious of just handling them like pastel chalks. Would covering an oil pastel drawing with deli paper prevent it from messing up any sheets stacked on top?

    I just wiped the residue off the oil pastels with a rag, do I have to do anything else and how do I prevent it from happening again? They were stored in a moderately warm room facing Northeast.

    I hope you and your family had a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year!


    • that was the oil and wax leeching out of them. You can let oil pastels dry out a bit before storing and I would use a piece of deli paper (or 2) to protect surrounding artwork. The layer of pastel on the painting will not cointain as much oil as the stick so there will not be the obvious amount of oil coming out if any at all.


  2. Thanks Lindsay. That helps. Happy New Year


  3. Where can you buy deli paper or dry wax paper?


  4. I did find an online vendor who sold that fixative and would ship to Canada. I ordered/
    bought it. I hope t will work for watercolour paintings. What do you think?

    Thanks, M


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