Quick Tips For Preserving Your Color Pencil Artwork

By: Ryan Coisson

Quick Tips For Preserving Your Color Pencil Artwork

Colored pencil art is versatile and has the ability to match virtually any décor in your home. If you properly frame your art piece it can last for generations and transform from a simple decoration, to a treasured family heirloom. Without proper preservation, however, your art will become dull, muted and damaged over time.

As you frame your art there are a few simple ways to ensure protection for your investment. Here are some tips to ensure your colored pencil art stays vibrant:

-Considering buying a preservation mat that comes with several layers for conservation purposes

-Frame with hardwoods instead of metals. Wood frames contain less acid that can harm paper. Ever notice all the art pieces in museums are framed with wood? There's a good reason why.

-Make sure you don't buy a top pre-made, top loading frame which forces you to slide in your art in from the top of the frame thus potentially damaging the piece.

-Double check that the frame you select has a deep enough rabbet (gap) to accommodate your matting and art. This is especially important if you use preservation matting.

-Spray adhesive is not your friend...ever. Even though spray adhesive prevents your art from buckling when you initially mount it, the compounds degrade to become dry and brittle to the point where your paper will detach from the backing board. The adhesive also contains acid that may stain the back of your colored pencil art or even bleed through to the front to destroy it.

Art is an investment. Mat and display your art properly so you may enjoy it for years to come.

About the Author:
Ryan Coisson wrote this article to promote Victorian Richards Studio. Its website is not online at this time.


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