Thursday, February 03, 2011

Sealers: Krylon Preserve It! Matte (digital photo & paper protectant) & my Collage Charms

The very small spray can of Matte Preserve It!
In my ongoing quest to find a sealer I can be happy with, I bought a small spray can of Krylon's Preserve It! Matte spray finish from my favorite art stamp store Art 'n' Soul, and gave it a shot.

The art charms I've posted here are my Asian-inspired paper charms for the Art Charms Yahoo Group January/February 2011 swap. I began with two sheets of Mixed Media Paper, then I punched circles with my 1" circle punch, and glued to both sides of a circle punched from cereal-box-type-cardboard. Punched flowers created with mixed media paper and embellished with Ranger Stickles add a little style, and for a finishing touch, I added a tiny phrase to one side of each charm. Rather than using MicroGlaze (BTW, a great online source for MicroGlaze is SkyBluePink) to seal my inkjet-printed words, I decided to try something new - I scribbled lightly over them with my Caran d'Ache wax artist's crayon in silver.

One of the nearly-completed still-unsealed art charms, ready to have its edges rolled on a shimmery white pigment ink pad.

Two art charms, sealed with Krylon's Preserve It! Matte spray.

An art charm sealed with Krylon's Preserve It! Matte - notice the not-quite-shiny, more like "satin" finish.

For comparison: an art charm sealed with Diamond Glaze - notice the shiny finish.
OK, so this is all well and does this stuff stand up to water?

I conducted another of my not-so-scientific-but-still-kind-of-cool water tests, using a clear plastic tray that some dried mushrooms came in. I used the tray to hold my two paper charms while I sprayed the Krylon Preserve It! Matte on the charms, and as you can see, there was plenty of overspray. FYI, I sprayed quite heavily...probably not the best practice, but it worked OK here.
I put a few drops of water into a couple of the wells of the tray, and allowed the whole thing to set for the afternoon.
After I let it set a good long time, I dumped out the water and dabbed the wells dry with a towel...and found no change in the appearance of the spray finish, as compared to other parts of the tray that did not sit under water.

Based on this result, I feel fairly confident that most artwork sealed with Krylon's Preserve It! Matte spray finish will be reasonably water-resistant, though, as always, your mileage may vary.

Check out the different finish texture (more "pebbly" and "rough") on the plastic tray as compared with the "satiny" art charm posted above - I don't know that this really means anything, but I thought it might be of interest to someone.


Cris Peacock said...

Thanks so much for experimenting for us Chris! Great to know.

Chris said...

Thanks Cris - I love to experiment, and take notes, and am happy to share whatever I learn. :)

xoxo, c

livingonair said...

Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial. It's so much fun to see what others are doing... and yours are AWESOME! I'm not sure I like the idea of spraying on a coating because of the 'over spray'... but sometimes that is the best (and only) solution. Thanks for sharing!

Peggy said...

Thanks, Chris. This helps me considerably. My biggest problem, though, is finding a spray that is compatible with polymer clay. In many cases the propellant (if not the sealant) permanently softens the clay surface. I'll keep on using PYM for polyclay, but maybe this is a cheaper alternative for sealing printed paper, especially ink-jet inks.