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Solvents and Adhesives

      The Hazardous Waste Management program in King County Washington has done a series of videos and workshops on the hidden hazards in the arts. For more information you can go to their website.

Fixative Alternatives

      Fixatives contain solvents and when sprayed are easily inhaled. Make sure to avoid any fixative containing hexane, as it can cause serious nerve damage. When using fixative, you should always be outdoors, or in a well-ventilated area. Also try to limit the need to use fixative.
Protect your Health and your Artwork 
Did you know Van Gogh used milk as a fixative? This company manufactures a fixative using a form of milk casein as their fixing agent and with no toxic solvents.

Using Skim Milk as a Drawing Fixative
An explanation of and background information on the possibility of using skim milk as a fixative. Learn how to use it and also find some example tests on the milk’s ability as a fixative.

Toxics Use Reduction Institute - University of Massachusetts Lowell
600 Suffolk St. - Wannalancit Mills - Lowell MA 01854

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