Graphite Art and Mixed Media, Care and Feeding
1. Wash and dry your hands before handling original art. When handling your artwork, always take great care. No matter the media it was created in, the oils and acids on your hands can cause permanent damage, so be sure that there is a barrier between your hands and the artwork whenever you’re carrying it. Cotton gloves work best, but in a pinch, gripping it with a lint-free cloth will also do the trick.
2. If I shipped your original artwork in a large mailing tube, then remove the paper from the mailing tube upon receipt and lay flat (usually under your bed provides a protected space). If your piece was shipped in a flat container - SAVE THE SHIPPING MATERIAL to utilize when transporting for framing. Try to touch only the edges outside of the image and the back of the print/paper. Never touch the face the artwork........the oils on your fingers will do damage over time. When transporting to frame shop, carefully re-roll and place in tube. A three inch diameter tube or greater is best, smaller tubes can damage the artwork.
3. If you were supplied with a piece of acetate (clear plastic) lay this over the front of the artwork and tape edges of acetate to a hard backing board (like a piece of acid free foam board). Place this assembly under your bed for safe keeping. The idea is that the artwork is held flat by the acetate which is adhered to a rigid board - like how prints are displayed at art stores in a rack.
4. Do not hang your artwork in the direct sunlight. If moisture seeps through a wall or chimney, immediately move your artwork. I have lost original art when condensation from my chimney (art mounted over the fire place mantel) caused mold to grow within the frame/foamboard/matboard. The way that you display your artwork can make all the difference in how long your pieces maintain their depth of visual field and beauty. Fluctuating humidity, UV light, fireplaces, candles, cigarette smoke, and heating vents can all take their toll on your art, causing them to fade and deteriorate over time. Displaying valuable artwork in a kitchen or bathroom is never a good idea, due to the grease and humidity in the air, so you’re better off hanging your non-sentimental and easily replaced pieces in those rooms.
There are an abundance of options available for protecting art from fading, including UV filtering glass (the museum quality glass, although expensive, may be worth your investment if you desire to protect your art from UV light damage) and picture shield inserts.
Don’t forget that UV filters are just that: filters. They don’t provide complete protection from the harmful light coming from the sun and some types of indoor lighting, so if possible, it’s wise to circulate your artwork seasonally to ensure that sun exposure is limited.
5. Google your favorite youtube video on framing to understand more. Try this one for starters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n2ossog5Ns
6. Give me an email or phone call anytime if you have more questions.
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