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Sure, how to protect the beautiful acrylic painting you got as a birthday present? Wondering how to enter and frame your new watercolor? Here's a handy guide on how to take care of your precious artwork, no matter what media it was created in.
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Special care for different types of media
. Coal, pencil, crayons, chalk drawings
. ink Drawings
. Digital Art
Always be careful when handling artwork. Never touch the surface of the art with just your fingers as natural oils, acids and salts on your skin can transfer to the artwork and cause permanent damage. If you have to touch the art, wear cotton gloves.
Art that is not displayed should be stored in a clean, dry, dark and well-ventilated area in medium temperatures and humidity levels that do not fluctuate much. Avoid storage in basements, attics or garages, as extreme temperatures and humidity can damage the artwork.
Store unlimited art flat with acid-free paper between each item, or store individual items in envelope-quality envelopes.
Avoid storing art between cardboard, as it is very acidic and can damage artwork over time.
Store art created with charcoal, pastels, pencil or crayons between the glass to avoid rubbing and damaging the delicate artwork. Preferably, feed the item first with an acid-free mat and then cover it with glass to protect the artwork from all kinds of contact with the surface.
Never store framed art in freight pipes for any length of time. Remove the art as soon as possible and lay it flat until you are ready to frame it. If a painting has been stored in a tube for a long time, consult a professional who will use the utmost care and expertise to roll up and relax the artwork to avoid any cracks and damage.
Never store framed art directly on the floor. Instead, rest your artwork on blocks or shelves.
Never leave artwork in your car for an extended period of time. Carry framed artwork at the sides and avoid resting cloth against any objects that may damage the surface.
Carefully roll the prints and insert into heavy freight tubes. Remove the artwork and roll as soon as possible after transport to avoid permanent damage.
Have your artwork matted with an acid-free matte board. Poor quality rugs can damage art over time due to the chemicals in the card that can be transferred to the artwork. The same goes for supporting your art with cardboard that also has chemicals that can cause discoloration.
Never use rubber cement or white glue to attach the art to a surface as it can cause damage to your precious artwork.
Art created with ink, pen, pastels or charcoal should be framed under glass. You may only use Plexiglas for pencil or ink drawings, as all artwork or carbon artwork can be damaged by the build-up of electrostatic charge from Plexiglas and similar plastics.
Make sure to seal the back seams on the frame and support completely with acid-free tape.
To further protect your print from harmful UV rays, you can ask your framer to use glare-free glass with a UV-protective coating to cover artwork in the frame.
The frame you choose should be slightly larger than your artwork. Moisture can cause the paper to collapse or expand and the extra space between the frame and the artwork allows for these changes without damaging the art.
Never frame artwork without also using a chalkboard between the art and the frame. Wood can hold moisture that can transfer to the artwork. You can use acid-free frame spacing instead of mat, if you prefer. Ask your art store to see what's available.
If you have a glass insert to protect the artwork, make sure you add a mat to prevent the artists from sticking to the glass over time.
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Since almost all laminating materials have UV inhibitors in them, it makes sense to consider this option to protect your prints, photos and digital art as well as other artwork such as delicate pastels and charcoal.
Consult a photo shop to make sure this process does not damage the artwork you are thinking about laminating.
Either bring your print or photo to a photo shop to have it professionally laminated to a base, or use a laminating machine if you would rather use a frame.
A laminating machine that uses a heating process protects the pressure more than a machine that uses cold lamination. Be careful of low-end laminators with fluctuating temperatures that can result in bubbles between pressure and plastic, incomplete lamination or variations in the thickness of the plastic.
As an extra protection, there are also laminating bags with UV resistance to protect against color bleaching.
If you are using low quality photo paper for your digital printing, make sure you test a proof print in the laminator as smearing of the photo may result.
Careful planning of where to hang your artwork should greatly extend the service life.
Humidity, extreme fluctuating temperatures, direct sunlight, bright light, heat valves and fireplaces can damage your past art. Avoid contact with fluorescent lamps that emit harmful high-energy rays that can impair the artwork.
Hanging art on exterior walls can expose the art to temperature fluctuations and humidity in climates where the temperature varies greatly with the seasons. Avoid hanging artwork in the kitchen or bathroom for the same reason.
Attach small cork pieces to the back of the frame to prevent mold from forming by allowing air to circulate behind your framed art.
Never use cutting lamps on frames. The art area exposed to this "hot spot" will cause drying and damage over time.
Canvas strings can expand and collide with temperature fluctuations. This can cause the fabric to sink and / or crack the paint. A professional can fix this problem and save the artwork.
Dust frames regularly and check for any signs of mold or insects. Make sure that all hangers and objects used to secure the frame are still in good condition.
Never use commercial products to clean your naked artwork. Use a spring damper to release dust particles from the surface. Fabric material can leave fluff.
Never clean detergent directly on the glass to clean the slide that protects your artwork. Instead, spray your cleaning cloth and then wipe off the glass to avoid the detergent running dress and seeping between the glass and the frame and damaging the art. Avoid using an ammonia detergent.
Use a detergent specially designed for plexiglass or similar materials such as acrylic, or use a soft damp cloth and gently clean gently to avoid scratches.
A professional may be needed to clean your artwork if you notice color changes and boredom from contact with smoke, whether it was from cigarettes, heavy use of light or if the artwork was exposed to smoke damage from a fire. Contact your professional if you notice any signs of mold or insects.
Special care for different types of media
Acrylic materials are not stable and can survive in different lighting conditions so as not to be framed under glass. Damping the surface easily prevents build-up. Be careful when transporting acrylic in winter, as extremely cold temperatures can cause cracks. You & # 39; ll have the same problem when storing your acrylics on unheated attics, basements or sheds if you live in areas that experience very cold winters.
Also not for framing under glass as these must "breathe". Direct sunlight fades oils over time. Choose a place with this in mind.
Make sure to dust frequently because build-up can crack and scale the color. Never spray commercial detergents on your painting. If the colors seem dull after a while, you can paint the varnish in your art store to renew the colors and protect the surface from any cracks.
Carefully transport your painting wrapped in cardboard and protected with bubble wrap. Avoid leaving the artwork in the packaging for too long as moisture can form and damage your painting.
Frame watercolors behind glass. Colors can fade if fragile watercolors are exposed to strong lighting conditions.
Oil pastels and chalk pastels
Pastels are very delicate and must be handled with extreme care. Framing under glass as soon as possible is a necessity to protect the lightly damaged surface. Full sun can fade the colors but they can survive bright light or indirect sunlight. Never touch the surface of the art or place anything on the surface to avoid smudging.
Coal, pencil, crayons, chalk drawings
These are as delicate as pastels; therefore, they must be handled and protected in the same way. Do not touch the sensitive surface of these drawings.
Also very light sensitive, fades quickly in direct sunlight. Frame under UV-protected glass.
Avoid touching the surface of your digital art. Mount your artwork behind UV-protected glass to reduce bleaching. Make sure the artwork is dry before doing so. An acid-free mat inserted between the artwork and the frame will prevent the artist from sticking to the glass. Aluminum frames should be considered as moisture does not affect them and will not transfer to your pressures. Be sure to keep your digital prints away from excessive heat for long periods of time, high humidity, direct sunlight and extreme temperature fluctuations.
Taking extra care of your expensive artwork today will ensure years of joy later.