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Offline Cherylb5

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Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:14:23 AM »
Hi everyone, may I know if there is a way to waterproof watercolour background as well as the ink used to write over the watercolour background? I have a couple of freshly-made watercolour cards which I am going to write my messages over with calligraphy ink. The watercolour background seemed to give me a sort of powdery finish. Is there a way to prolong the cards?
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Re: Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2016, 09:01:40 AM »
Hi everyone, may I know if there is a way to waterproof watercolour background as well as the ink used to write over the watercolour background? I have a couple of freshly-made watercolour cards which I am going to write my messages over with calligraphy ink. The watercolour background seemed to give me a sort of powdery finish. Is there a way to prolong the cards?
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You might try something like this.
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Re: Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2016, 10:04:30 AM »
Hi everyone, may I know if there is a way to waterproof watercolour background as well as the ink used to write over the watercolour background? I have a couple of freshly-made watercolour cards which I am going to write my messages over with calligraphy ink. The watercolour background seemed to give me a sort of powdery finish. Is there a way to prolong the cards?
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You might try something like this.


@AnasaziWrites : I'll search for the fixative spray at the local art supply stores. Thank you for your help!!  :)
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Re: Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2016, 12:21:49 PM »
@Cherylb5 we have a new fixative that is made from milk casein and uses a pump spray - no nasty fumes! 

http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/s?keyword=Spectrafix


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Re: Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2016, 12:35:30 PM »
@JohnNealBooks that is so great!!  Those fumes can be so awful, and you can't always just go outside to use the spray.

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Re: Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2016, 06:43:07 AM »
@JohnNealBooks THANK YOU for the alternative fixative!!!!!!!!!  I can't tell you how many hours I've spent out on my cold (or hot) back porch or in the garage spraying the old, terrible smelling fixative! This' a life-saver!  I'm so grateful to have it as an option!

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Re: Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2016, 06:53:31 AM »
@Cherylb5 I just ordered the John Neal product & have high hopes for it.  If you go through the Forum's archives, you may stumble across a recommendation for "Micro Glaze".  I tried the stuff & it was AWFUL!!!!  It smeared my ink and left an oily surface on my envelopes.  It probably DOES protect the ENVELOPE, but it ruins the calligraphy!  I absolutely detest the stuff & have been thinking of ways to dramatically get rid of the bottle that I have!  It ruined all of my envelopes on an exchange & I am still so embarrassed about it that I could just die!!  DON'T order any Micro Glaze!!  (The brilliant @schin uses it & had good results, but she's brilliant & probably knows all kinds of things that poor old me doesn't even comprehend!  Such as, how to make Micro Glaze work!!  We mere mortals need to avoid the stuff, based upon my experience!)

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Re: Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2016, 08:26:18 AM »
@JanisTX : I was about to head to the local art supply store and get the fixative when I saw @JohnNealBooks's recommendation of a fume-free fixative. Thank goodness that I checked the forum before heading out! I didn't know there's something called Micro Glaze. Silly me would have thought that Micro Glaze is something like Mod Podge  :-[
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Re: Waterproofing watercolour and ink cards
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2016, 08:26:33 AM »
@Cherylb5 I'm also a crafter, so I grew up using Mod Podge.  That is a GREAT crafting product, but NOTHING like Micro Glaze!  Mod Podge will work, but a real "art fixative" is a much better option for what you're doing with calligraphy!  I ordered some of John Neal's new fixative & I'll report back when it comes in!

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