I got an order in from Dick Blick a couple of weeks ago or so and have just now been able to play with some of the things I bought.
Most of the items were simply restocking some of my favorite supports but I added a new item this time - SpectraFix, the relatively new fixative made with a milk casein formula. I was eager to try it since it's not an aerosol in a can and is not supposed to smell nor be that toxic to use.
One of the things I hate most about pastel is fixing it! I have to go outside to spray because my studio does not have adequate ventilation for most aerosol fixatives. That's a royal pain when the weather is bad and even if the weather cooperates, I like to spray between layers (until the last one) and that's a lot of running in and out!
So I was delighted to hear of this spray. It's still an aerosol but comes in a pump spray bottle instead of the usual cans with chemical propellants. I put it to the test with the magnolia painting above.
I'm very pleased to say that it does work very well as a fixative and there really isn't any smell!