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Maintenance & Preservation of paintings

Dated: 29-09-2006

Writer/Contributed by: Tulika Arts


Fixative 

  • All paintings are sprayed using a colorless, acrylic-based, non-yellowing, Pebeo fixative spray. Pebeo fixative spray. It fixes without modifying the appearance of the artwork.
  • Spraying with fixative will prevent colors from fading and will protect painting from small amounts of sunlight and water

Light

  • Do not expose the artwork to prolonged direct sunlight.
  • Do not place spot lights too close to the work. A distance of at least one foot is strongly recommended. In addition to protecting the works, placing the light at a distance will ensure homogeneity of illumination.
  • Exposing the artwork to harsh light and heat will cause the colors in the painting to fade.
  • Larger pieces of artwork are better lit by 2 or more spotlights ideally at an angle of 45 degrees above the painting.

Moisture
 

  • Avoid hanging the artwork on damp walls.
  • Exposing the artwork to prolonged moisture or environments infested by fungus, moss, or mold can disfigure it and lead to fungal growth.
  • Hanging small packets of Silica Gel behind a piece of artwork will protect it from fungal growth to some extent.

Cleaning 
 

  • Use a soft, dry duster to clean the paintings.
  • Do not clean with a wet cloth. Although the painting is sprayed with a fixative, application of water will damage the painting.
  • Aerosol cans  or, with compressed air or, miniature vacuum cleaners may be used to remove dust from the corners of the frame only.
  • Upon accidental contact with water, gently blot the wet area with an absorbent dry cloth. Do not rub or scrub the painting.

Restoring 

 

  • Do not apply water on the painting as this may disfigure the artwork.
  • If there is a high possibility of contact with water, we suggest framing it with glass or plexi-glass(acrylic sheet) as a protective measure.

Varnish 
 

  • Do not apply any varnish on the painting, as it has already been sprayed with fixatives

Framing 
 

  • Approach only a framer and not a carpenter for framing.
  • Use only properly treated wood which is suitably seasoned.
  • Do not stick the canvas onto the frame.
  • Use only pins, nails, or stapes along the borders.

Mounting 
 

  • Paper works require mounting.
  • We recommend the use of a sturdy acid-free mount.

Transporting and storing your artwork 
 

  • Stretched canvas is extremely sensitive to pressure
  • Do not apply any pressure on the stretched surface as this may cause permanent damage to the artwork
  • Paintings can be stored/transported back-to-back and front-to-front.
  • Do not store paintings in a damp or moldy environment.

 



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