I’m not sure what you mean by “pastel leaf.” If you’re referring to a type of art supply called a “pastel stick” or “pastel crayon,” then there’s no need to prepare anything. These art materials are ready to use straight out of the box.
However, if you’re referring to a leaf that has been used in a pastel drawing or painting, then you may need to take some steps to preserve it. Here’s how:
- Remove any excess pastel: Use a soft brush to gently remove any loose pastel powder or particles from the leaf.
- Fix the pastel: Use a fixative spray to set the pastel on the leaf. Hold the can about 12 inches away from the leaf and spray a light, even coat of fixative over the surface. Let it dry completely before handling the leaf.
- Protect the leaf: To protect the leaf from damage and fading, you can laminate it. Place the leaf between two sheets of clear laminate and run it through a laminating machine. This will create a permanent seal around the leaf, protecting it from moisture and sunlight.