I recently received this tip from a professional artist and wanted to share it with The Art Colony's members.

An alternative non toxic fixative for charcoal drawings is skimmed milk.  You can either spray it or brush it over a charcoal drawing and the milk provides permanent protection.

If there are members out there that know of other nontoxic fixatives for other mediums please share your information as I am sure other members would be interested in learning how to protect their work in a more friendly and environmentally safe way.

Thank you.

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Thanks alot Susanne Skene, it helped me alot.

Actually i am pregnant now, so some people are telling me to avoid painting since all the paintings have led or any chemicals which can harm a baby.

So i am confused now, I am feeling bored without painting. Can anyone suggest me whether  it harms my baby  or not.

It could be very helpful for me.

Thank you for sharing this valuable information Susanne.

Shalu, perhaps during the pregnancy, you could give digital art a try?  No messy chemicals there!  Elaine with the "Digital Art" group today, suggested the Queeky.com website, as a tool for digital painting.  (I haven't tried that yet, as I've been using the program Painter and Photoshop Elements).    Today's digital art programs have quite intuitive tools, that are easy to implement and experiment with.  Probably your computer has a basic paint program already installed on it.
Thank you for the Earth Pigments link, Susanne!  I agree that making your own paint would be an interesting process.  It would be enchanting to see what "base" colors you could come up with, by mixing pigments!  As the website says, making your own paints is the essence of creation.  :)  Once you get some paints made up, maybe you could post a photo of your secret artist's laboratory.  :)  I wouldn't mind trying it myself.

Yes, it'd be a pleasure to have painted a picture, knowing that it's created with handmade paints.  It would make it extra special, and would give us a creative experience that the great masters had.  


The website says to be careful which pigments you mix, because some pigments are already combinations of other colors, and you could wind up with mud.  It'd probably be beneficial to understand the make-up of each pigment, before working with it...

Thank you very much Susanne! 

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