How To Protect and Seal Chalk Marker Drawings
So, you’ve perfected your chalk masterpiece, and you would hate to see it smudged, erased, or faded. You would much rather see your artwork hanging on the kitchen wall or adorning the café corner. Mastering chalkboard art is a talent that you deserve to show off, like watercolor or acrylic paintings! Here are a few ways to protect and seal your chalk marker drawings to show off to your friends and family.
Clear Coat of Acrylic
For those who want a crystal-clear finish to their chalk marker art, using a clear coat of acrylic is a great option. When applying the clear coat, you should remember that less is best. Only apply three thin coats of sealer if you’re sealing the artwork on a porous surface. However, if you’re applying it to a non-porous surface, one thin coat of acrylic will get the job done.
The Hairspray Trick
Gently spraying regular or alcohol-free hairspray over the chalkboard art is another way to seal your chalk marker drawings. This will help protect your art from getting smudged or accidentally erased. Working with hairspray is best for those with younger children or who are highly sensitive to fumes. You can safely use this inside, and it’s easy to clean up when it’s time to erase your artwork.
Clear Fixative Spray
Protect your art with a clear fixative spray. However, fixative sprays have a reputation for shifting colors to some degree, but they keep your artwork from smudging or flaking. Once you’ve sprayed this onto your artwork, there’s no such thing as reworking the art or making changes—the art is stuck in place. Be sure to be generous when you use it to have an easier time cleaning it off.
Mod Podge Matte
Another way you can seal your chalk marker drawings is by using Mod Podge matte spray. This non-toxic spray is safe on all surfaces, and you can spray it anywhere—indoors and outdoors. The best thing about using Mod Podge is that you don’t have to worry about the sealant creating a yellowish film over your artwork. Instead, this sealant leaves your beautiful art looking shiny and glimmering.
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