If you have been following the spore printing experiments over the last few weeks you might remember that I said I was experimenting with ways to fix the very fragile, easily smudged, powdery prints in order to preserve them and perhaps even make them scannable and frame worthy.
You might want to review the other posts here and here but here is a pictorial review.
If you leave the prints as is they rub off very easily like chalk pastels or are prone to moisture damage. I tried different things to preserve them put the mail contenders were:
a. cytology fixative spray ( the stuff used to preserve PAP smears in a medical office)
b. hair spray ( used to fix hair for dance) and
c. workable fixatif made by Krylon.
And the winner was workable fixatif by Krylon available at art supply shops and Michael's. The most important thing is to hold the spray can at least 12 inches
away from your paper or the force of the aerosol will displace the spores.
I liked this because it dried very fast and did not leave a sticky or glossy finish.
Next step will be to scan these and then convert them to images suitable for screen printing.
If you leave a comment below I will pick a name on friday and the winner will receive a crocheted vintage button mushroom similar to one of these.
I am actually planning of having giveaways everyday this week to celebrate the changing season and back to school for some. So please enter everyday for a chance to win.