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What are Pastels really?
Pastels consist of pure pigment, such as that added to oil or acrylic binder for those media, held together by a tiny amount of binder. They are not chalks, and most include little if any chalk in their compound.
Are Pastels archival?
Yes, Pastels are highly archival.
If you look at pastels by Degas and compare them to his works in oil from the same period, you will notice that he pieces done in oils have yellowed, whereas the pastel works are still fresh and vibrant.
Do you spray your work with fixative?
I generally do not use fixative on my work. By using a highly toothed paper, my pastel holds better to the surface without the use of fixative, which can dull and change the beautiful colors you get with Pastels.