How to Protect Paintings – Original Art

by Neadeen Masters on April 30, 2013

How to Protect Paintings for Your Future Enjoyment

You spend hours painting a piece of  original art, painting and describing your ideas on the  canvas. But without the proper after care, your art will not maintain the beauty it started with. The most common ways a painting gets destroyed is with water damage, direct sunlight, and physical damage. Extend the life of your painting to ensure it lasts to it’s full potential.

Protect Paintings that are Original Art -

To properly preserve and protect paintings, here are some important tips:

  • Keep your original art out of direct sunlight. One of the leading causes of discoloration for original art is sunlight. Different paints responds differently to direct sunlight. Some pigments can fade if you have used a ‘student grade’ paint. Some pigments may appear to be a completely different color after a short length of time. The reason for this is because heat can cause hue shifts with some pigment colors. For Example, some reds can turn to more of an orange hue.
  • Avoid hanging your paintings under fluorescent lights as they give off ultra violet light that is as bad as harsh sunlight. UV light is damaging.

Protect Paintings from Dampness and Humidity

  • Keep your original art in a cool dry place. Water damage and high humidity can destroy your art quicker than direct sunlight will. Water spots, and even mold can form on a beautiful piece of work if left in a damp environment for too long. If your painting does get wet, make sure to properly dry your artwork as quickly as possible. High humidity will also affect watercolor paintings, causing the paper and or the matting to warp and distort.
  • Physical damage is often unexpected, and accidental, but will destroy your artwork. Without proper handling, the frame can warp and the canvas can tear, neither of which are easy to repair. To avoid physical damage, make sure to secure your art before moving. You can visit a framing store and purchase cardboard corners to protect expensive frames. Always place a sheet of cardboard in front and back of the painting to protect damage to the frame, glass or painted canvas surface.
  • If it is an original watercolor painting, use glass to protect the finished painting. The glass will protect the artwork from dirty fingers, dust, insect droppings, fly specks and accidental damage.

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