Friday, February 26, 2016

Do u know how to care for your art work?

Howdy and Welcome to my blog.

Today I want to talk to y'all about 
How to Care for Your Art Work.

Now you paid good money for your painting or even for your family photos. So I want to give you some tips on how to care for your lovey painting or photos. 

the first tip that i want to share with you is not to hang any paintings or photos over the fireplace.

 When you place a painting or any form of art work over the mantel and you have a fire in it, what happen, warm air rise, and so dose smoke.

While low temperatures make the best environment for artwork-particularly art on paper –there’s another reason why the spot above a fireplace, stove or heart register, kitchen or bathroom is charming, but deadly. Temperature consistency is one of the most critical components of wise creation. Temperature/humidity fluctuations, called cycling, cause expansion and contraction of the paper fibers, as well as moisture build-up—which will eventually weaken and break the paper down. If you can keep the changes in temperature and relative humidity to a minimum— the ideal humidity is about 50% to 70%. Any higher promotes mold growth.

For the same reason, I try not to hang any type of artwork on exterior walls, though sometimes it’s unavoidable. In climates with variable seasons, exterior walls are the coolest in winter and the warmest in summer. To minimize the impact on any one piece, try to rotate our artwork every year- to different walls and rooms.

Rotation is also a wise policy for artwork hung in a particularly sunny room. The sunlight is greatest directly across from a window, so that’s a good place not to hang artwork, when possible. If you’re willing to moderate or redirect the sunlight with louvered blinds, the artwork will be much happier.

When air can circulate freely, mold has little chance to forming – and that’s the atmosphere you want around pieces of art. Air circulates naturally in your house in course of day to day living. If you are planning on going away for a month or longer, it is best to fine a way to, keep the air moving in your absence. Central air –conditioning with humidity control is ideal, but for piratical reason a house sitter, family or friends who are willing to come over every few days to check on things will help move the air around.

Other thing you can do to help circulate air under your painting is attach small cork squares to the bottom corners of your frames, this will allows air to circulate there, and reduces the chances of mold forming, as dose regular dusting.

Also never leave any artwork in a tube for any length of time, because it will bend the art, if you leave it over time you will fine that when you unrolled your art piece you will find cracking in your art due to the acidic cardboard. Always store any art flat with acid free materials. This also means that you never store any artwork in cardboard flat   or in a tube for any length of time.

Do all that you can to prevent problem with your collection of art work. If by chance they do happen to develop mold that is the time to call in a specialist. If, for example, you should notice something strange growing inside one of your frames, it’s best to consult a trained art conservator. Do not try to treat a piece of artwork yourself which has become infested with a fungus or insect malady. Call your local art museum for a referral. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, located in Washington, D.C., also makes referrals of trained conservators.  
Enjoy your work of art for generations to come.

 Tips for Home

When hanging works of art in your home, there are many things that you can do to minimize the damage caused by light.
§  Fit windows with blinds or curtains that are kept closed when the room is not in use.
§  Locate your pictures so that they will not be exposed to direct light. For instance, the wall opposite a window will get direct light, while the wall beside a window will not.
§  Do not use "picture lights" designed to attach to frames. In addition to over-lighting, these cause local heating that is also damaging to works of art.
§  Use incandescent light, which has no UV component, to light works of art. Select low wattage bulbs and use a dimmer switch to set the lighting at the minimum level which allows you viewing comfort.
§  If fluorescent lights are used, UV filtering should be incorporated either as sleeves or lenses over the source of the light, or by using UV absorbing Plexiglas to glaze the works.
§  Works of art on paper with colored media (i.e. watercolor) and poor quality paper such as newsprint are particularly vulnerable and quickly damaged and should not be displayed on a permanent basis.

      Until next time, Happy Creating and God Bless


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