The ticket is Spectra-Fix, which is a fixative for pastels. Instead of using water as the spreading medium I use Spectra-Fix. Let me explain. First, you think of the scene you want to paint and lay down hard pastels ( my choice Creatacolors.) Second, you load your brush with Spectra-Fix and move those pastels around. Wait for it to dry. Then for a second layer, place watercolors on top. The last layer was pastel. Afterwards I altered it with more Spectra-Fix. The fun has just begun!