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Old 08-22-2006, 01:17 AM   #1  
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Default Pastels smearing - help!

Any one had any trouble with their pastels smearing? I am sure someone is going to tell me I should have known this from day one but sorry I dont! I have heard that you can spray them with hair spray (lacquer I think you call it in America) once they are on the paper??? Some one told me you can just rub some paper and that seals them but that seems to do nothing. Any suggestions welcome. Also does anyone know if we get the same mini catalogue in Australia as you guys are about to get?? I have heard we get one in September but I dont know if its the same one as you or not. Thanks.
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:02 AM   #2  
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I have not had your problem, but I would love to try and help.

What kind of paper and applicator are you using?

How "thick" are you applying the pastels?

The two hints that you have received is what I would have suggested. My only thought is maybe you are looking for a more intense color that the pastels are designed to provide and so it smears. They are best at providing a translucent color.

I wish I could tell you about the mini Catalog, too. I bet it will be different--since we have some snowy stamp sets in our "holiday" catalog.

I hope I helped some--or bumped this thread so someone else can offer better help!!
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:07 AM   #3  
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I seal my pastels with cheap hairspray and have not had a problem.
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I use clear acrylic sealant. Got it at WM and it works great for sealing pastels and Pearl Ex.
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I don't know the products you have available there, but here in the US we have a spray that we get at stores like JoAnn's that is for sealing art work. The brand I like is Krylon Matte spray. It doesn't change the glossy-ness of your work, it just seals it. Hope you are able to find something similar. I've tried hairspray and sometimes it works, sometimes it makes spots on the project so I quit using it.
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Hairspray works for me and I find the cheaper the spray the better it works for me!
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I made the mistake of using a pump style hair spray - lots of splotches. I've switched to a cheap aerosol hair spray and it works great. Just make sure you can stand the scent of the spray!
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I use the matte spray from Krylon but only really need to use it off and on. It depends on how you applied your chalk and over what. When I apply mine over Versamark, I've never needed a sealer. I never used a sealer if I just colored an image with chalk with a small sponge applicator. So I guess my question is what kind of paper are you using. Glossy just won't work.
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Also, applying the chalks with a blender pen doesn't require using a sealer.
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Thanks very much to all. I have been using just a cotton bud (A q tip in Usa I think) or a make up sponge like you would use to put on eye shadow. They all smudge if you touch them with your fingers afterwards even if its the next day. The worst offender is the direct application where you just take the whole pastel out and drag it accross the paper. I will definately give the hairspray a go though ( always go for the cheapest option first!!) and if not do some research over here to see if I can get a sealant - I would think that the art shops would do it. Thank you so much for all your help. I will eventually put a card on the web site when I have mastered it!!
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I usually like using the versamark with the pastels, it gives a vibrant color
and no smears.
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Remember your grandma's Aqua net hair spray? It works great!
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Thanks again for all advise. Have sent hubby to the shops for hair spray under instruction to buy cheapest brand available!! Interesting but my title under my name has changed - I was a card stock collector ( but I dont know how that got there!! I didnt put it on) I have logged on today and I am now a Glitter Queen!!! I havent changed it any ideas???? I think I like the sound of glitter queen better!!!!
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Thanks again for all advise. Have sent hubby to the shops for hair spray under instruction to buy cheapest brand available!! Interesting but my title under my name has changed - I was a card stock collector ( but I dont know how that got there!! I didnt put it on) I have logged on today and I am now a Glitter Queen!!! I havent changed it any ideas???? I think I like the sound of glitter queen better!!!!
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If you can catch your hubby...tell him UNSCENTED hairspray.

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