L.G. asks from Hollywood, MD on December 05, 2008
Help! How to Protect Artwork from Smudging?
I am hoping to find some home remedies (or other ways) to protect some artwork. My son colored with Crayola markers on a cardboard box that has a glossy finish. When I touch it, the marker comes off on my hands. Does someone know how to protect this so that the marker stays on the box.
J.R. answers from Washington DC on December 07, 2008
Take a photo of it and frame it. Even fixatives will have a hard time making it stick.
Artist and photographer
L.P. answers from Washington DC on December 06, 2008
I'm not sure if this would work, but I offer it in case. What about putting a sheet of clear contact paper over it? You can cut it to size and simply press into place. Good luck!
E.T. answers from Washington DC on December 05, 2008
In art class when I was a kid, they used clear Krylon spray.
T.N. answers from Norfolk on December 06, 2008
Tape! The wide clear kind works, just be careful not to overlap the edges or you'll be able to tell that it is on there.
T.H. answers from Norfolk on December 06, 2008
take a picture of it. you can try putting contact paper over it but i think you might mess it up while putting it on.
M.G. answers from Washington DC on December 06, 2008
spray it with hairspray.
when ever you do pastell or charcol drawings they affix it with hiar spray.
M.W. answers from Washington DC on December 06, 2008
Try spraying the artwork with a matte or glossy finish, which you can find in craft stores. Just remember to test it out on a sample of the markers on something else, to see if the spray makes the marker run.
S.J. answers from Lynchburg on December 06, 2008
I don't know of any 'home remedy' but when I studied art in college, there was a fixative spray that would keep chalk and pastels from smudging. Perhaps check with a local craft store like MICHAELS to see if there is something that would keep precious masterpieces in tact.
It will be worth the investment of a few bucks to have that creativity around for a long time. ;-)
A.B. answers from Washington DC on December 06, 2008
You might want to see if you can get it laminated at Staples or Office Depot. Or, you can purchase self-laminating kits from either store. If that doesn't work, you might want to take a picture of it for your son's and your own scrapbooks. I do that with some of my children's artwork. Other pieces, I get matted and framed from AC Moore or Michaels, both of which this week are offering 50% specials on framing with a coupon.