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For those who may not know, ATC stands for Artist Trading Cards and are about 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in size. I think that’s everything about how to store pastel paintings. I’m pretty excited that my YouTube Channel subscribers now total 952!! II know it’s more expensive, but I was sorta thinking it might provide a bit more protection for the paintings if they have to sit for awhile. Love the idea of an old dish rack! Check this box if you want email updates when people comment on this post, How to Buy a Painting or Commission a Portrait, 4 Common Mistakes Artists Make When Painting Clouds, Painting White Objects: The Tofu of the Color World, Painting the Light of Maine: Plein Air and Sketchbook Workshop. work well here. Much easier to look through than the several archival boxes with glassine barriers for my earlier work. Thank you! How to Ship and Package Unframed Pastel Paintings - YouTube Below is a great example of how John Shakespeare stores his pastels. As always, it’s a great pleasure to hear from you. Cut a piece of foam core the size of the painting. Your email address will not be published. Is it a lot easier to use bags? Closing in on 1000 subscribers – that will be a celebration day! No matter how careful, I’d be afraid of smearing the piece. Thanks for watching! Required fields are marked *. Iris, I find stacking (rather than leaning or hanging upright) to be the safest way to store pastels. Aug 20, 2015 - How to store pastel paintings is a question Gail Sibley has been asked many times. To check out what glassine is, click the link above in the article – it’s right under the video. Your email address will not be published. – Never use cardboard as a mounting board. The only thing I do is stack by size. If you enjoyed this art tip please visit my patreon site The Painter's Classroom, where I give fine art tutorials for $5 a month. Apr 7, 2018 - 'Windswept Meadow' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis $125 Purchase with paypal or check HERE I've got my shipping down to a science. Yes, I was going to mention about shipping but then thought vieo was getting too long! If you need to roll it up for travel, stretched or unstretched, place it face-down on archival paper prior to rolling it. I show you how to store and protect your pastel paintings. It really works well for me. For instance, when I’m removing the tape to unwrap it, the paper will tear. I also use it for storing pastel papers and sheets of glassine. Jun 3, 2017 - Thank you for viewing my paintings. One of many sketches I made a folder for. – You can store your stacks of work on a shelf (see picture below) or in drawers. I like the idea of stacking as I am so worried about my pastels and framing all of them can be so expensive ! I know that Canson makes pads of paper (16 sheets?) It means the world to me! 2013-nov-07 - Thank you for viewing my paintings. Easy, Inexpensive, DIY Unframed Pastel Painting Storage - Video. Is there a reason you have gone this route? Some Cool Things About My YouTube Channel! Well after last week’s hair-pulling experience, I am DELIGHTED to present my newest Pastel Painting Tip video: How To Store Pastel Paintings. To store the pastel painting, I use acid-free artist tape to carefully tape the corners of the pastel painting to the center of a sheet of acid-free foam board that has been cut to size. If you do, you’ll find bits of pastel all over the bag next time you look. Love your questions about organization. I've got my shipping down to a science. Also, one of my videos now has over 10,000 views!! A couple of things I didn’t mention in the video: – Glassine and acid-free tissue are generally available at art stores. I’m wondering if they are available in Canada. If you feel the need to put your pastel in a bag, make sure you first wrap it in glassine or acid-free tissue. Unfortunately so far, I haven’t got organized!! If you prefer storing your paintings unmounted, you can stretch the canvas before painting, unmount to store it or travel with it, and then remount to display later. I use only clear bags. I’ve been wondering about whether it’s proper to store paintings matted or without mats. Slip the painting into the bag. If you already have appropriately-sized boxes, use them. When you remove it for good (for framing for example), you could dismantle the bag ie ‘unwrap’ it from the piece which would prevent smudging but you still have to get it into the bag in the first place! Article from kemstudios.blogspot.com. I paint a lot of small pastel paintings and was finding it difficult to safely store and track them. The foam core backing will provide support. An unframed piece should be prepared for storage by a professional art handler or conservator.” For framed paintings, you can wrap the work in tissue paper or another breathable material. You may think you’re going to store a painting temporarily but it’s surprising how often ‘temporary’ turns into long-term. An alternative storage solution I found was an art box with various trays kept in it. If you feel the need to put your pastel in a bag, make sure you first wrap it in glassine or acid-free tissue. I was having a lot of anxiety about storing my pastels. I love how organised it all looks! I sometimes get asked how I store unframed finished paintings. Unframed pastel paintings should be stored flat, with sheets of glassine paper over it to protect it from smudges. I haven’t used bags when it comes to pastels (I have for prints). A painting is worth only what someone is willing to pay. Click here to see that video. . That would certainly protect it further from smearing and moisture. Mar 28, 2016 - 'Sunny Days' 6x6 inches pastel ©Karen Margulis available for 40% discount It is a great question and one I get... More information Painting My World: How to Ship an Unframed Pastel Painting This is very important. Then I came up with these folders made from foam core. There’s no going back! Great Pastel Tip - How To Transport Unframed Pastel Paintings Safely Around Town "Garden Intrigue", 25 x 9, pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes paper. Slip the painting into the bag. with glassine dividers. Other than the static factor, there’s the smear factor when it comes to bags. Here she answers that question. Krystal Seal archival art and photo bags are great. Commissions are welcome. Iris. Whoo hoo!! Not only do they keep my pastel paintings safe and secure they also make a nice presentation and are sturdy enough to ship in. What do you think about using Crystal Clear bags, which are anti-static? Gently lay your pastel painting face down on glassine paper (cut at least ½ in larger in all directions that the painting). I’m glad you are enjoying the videos. If just the glassine works, how many paintings can you stack before the ones on the bottom get messy? I’ll add one thing to this. I first found your work on youtube and have really enjoyed watching how you work: especially useful to a complete newbie like me. (YouTube sent me a notification about this so obviously it’s a milestone, even in ‘its’ eyes!) This will be me at Peninsula Gallery on Saturday! Thanks for taking the time to do them. But currently and when I’m just painting for myself, the bags alone do fine within the Profolio. Learn how your comment data is processed. I’m just at a point where I realize some are really worth keeping! Use a custom-sized styrofoam box to ensure that the painting is safe and snug. When I’m selling again, matting and shrink wrapping paintings with an archival back board would let me store them on a shelf or a prints rack without a problem. Thanks for bringing up the issue. You can help make that happen by sharing the video and/or this blog post. Hopefully, your original pastel has been packaged for shipment to you with the surface isolated from any packing material to avoid damaging the image. Your information will *never* be shared or sold to a 3rd party. It’s much easier to do this than trying to do it while the stack is on the shelf or in the drawer. Do not be tempted to put your pastel in any sort of plastic or cellophane bags. The archival stiff holders also give UV protection. I love that it’s called an Art Encounter. She has a whole slew of them in the hallway to take home~!~ Anyways, I’m getting off topic. You can purchase glassine online, at a printmaking shop, or in an art supply store. What do you mean by “use both sides”? No static, no smearing. Slip this piece of foamcore into the bag. Wrap you artwork with acid-free tissue paper. This is especially a concern with thinner paper such as Canson Mi-Tientes. That’s such great info Robert. Seal with styrofoam. Large unframed canvasses can be rolled into solid postal tubes, and smaller canvasses sandwiched between acid-free foamboard. That’s why values for original art is all over the place. Thanks so much Kerry. I’m looking forward to that!! What is the brand name? It can help to tape the glassine paper to the edges of the painting to make sure the glassine paper does not move and smudge the pastel. I only ship unframed paintings. Lay out your artwork. I find that looking at the work through the glassine also gives you a sense of how successful the piece is as you only see the big shapes and values. So thank you for mentioning it and describing the process . I have heard a few people mention these no static bags. Hi, Gail! Ensure you have appropriate padding and support to protect any delicate or ornate parts of the frame: bubble wrap, styrofoam supports, etc. Step 2: Prepare your artwork and paintings for storage. Such a relief to actually get that video up. You only need three things: Foamboard, Glassine Paper and Acid free scrapbook tape. Place something rigid like double-thick cardboard to protect either side of the canvas and store them upright. One of many sketches I made a folder for. Use plastic to wrap the painting to keep it clean and protect the finish. So that meant taking them to the framers. No going back to glassine. I’ll have a look. Please email me with any questions. Slip this piece of foamcore into the bag. If you need to access a piece, best is to remove the stack from the shelf or drawer and then look through the stack. And the method I use has not failed me. Wax paper can potentially melt and get sticky wax on your painting, so for best results, make sure you use actual glassine paper to store and ship your pastels! mat next to pastel painting has bigger aperture than the surface visible mat) cover with glassine and compress the artwork - this is an excellent way of ensuring the pastel is covered but will not be removed from the support (see below for methodology) I use the finest pastels and archival supports. Framed art pieces: Wrap the artwork tightly with a storage blanket or bubble wrap and then use packing tape to seal them. Thank you! To your questions – with the glassine, I have stacked at least ten high with no problems. – I mentioned briefly about the glassine and acid-free tissue being anti-static. It needs to go in AND it needs to come out so that’s twice the chance of smearing. Use an acid-free board only. I would have been worried about a static build up with the shrinkwrap but it seems you have found it fine to use. How do you find slipping them into and out of the bags without smearing them? The foam core backing will provide support. use reverse bevelled double mats so that the mat stands slightly proud of the surface of the pastel (ie. Why not glassine? Great if you're on a tight budget. That way they never come in contact. The little archival soft sleeves and ULtra Pro top loader sports card protectors are equally good at not smearing pastel paintings. The next day’s painting adventure is readied by adhering the pastel paper to the drawing board with drafting tape, which is easily removed, yet holds well. Love pastels?? That makes it tempting for me to cut foam core boards to fit neatly into Priority Mail boxes for any art smaller than those boards if I go back to selling art. Glad this was helpful Shannon. This way, you can store work and then review it when you need to frame something. I guess I’m my own worst critic at times. But in the end, I’d prefer to wrap the painting first, then put it in a bag. Bill Creevy – Pastel Explorer – In Memoriam…, Putting Yourself Out There – Demoing in Public, Clarence Porter – A Colourful Outlook On Life, Heather Laws – The Commissioned Animal Portrait, How To Deal With The Foreground In A Painting. Hi Gail. Thanks again. I paint a lot of small pastel paintings and was finding it difficult to safely store and track them. Here is a part of the homemade shelving unit I use for storing pastel paintings. Also, removing the pastel from the bag without smearing it can be quite a feat! Nov 7, 2013 - 'Make a Little Magic' 5x7 pastel sold It's a Daily Painter Dilemma. That said, I am no expert at art appraisal. Again, thanks for more info. It was quite a surprise to me, actually. Thanks Joyce. Posted on 5/24/2019 7:34:45 PM by Vianna Szabo - Comment on this. The system in your video is great for shipping too, with the addition of another foam board taped over the top of the glassine and enough padding in the box that it won’t shift. I use the dividers from pastel paper pads (or buy some) to make pouches, then store them, matted or not, vertically in an old dish rack. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And the method I use has not failed me. Step 1. The usual problems that come up when storing watercolors are insect damage, yellowing, spotting and fading. I use the finest pastels and archival supports. Thank you so much for the video! Artist Aline Ordman turned me into them. They are easy and inexpensive to make. They work like a charm. I also hope you’ll join the conversation by leaving a comment below. You mention matting and shrink wrapping for selling. One more thing….I’ll be demoing in pastel at Peninsula Gallery in Sidney, BC next Saturday 22nd August from 1-4pm. If you fix your pastel painting completely, you might take a chance. Then enter your name and email address and get my weekly blog all about pastels ... it's FREE! Also, do you organize them by date painted or subject matter? Seal unframed paper in glassine. – Another reason I don’t use acid-free tissue anymore is that it tears much more easily than the glassine. . They’re even better than glassine at not attracting powder off the pastel painting, something about the material repels it. Come in different sizes. Place the styrofoam-packed painting into a close-fitting cardboard box. Easy Peasy. Wrap the piece in bubble wrap, ensuring adequate coverage on the corners since … Painting Style. Organization, a system to do so, is something to consider for sure. To protect the contents of the suitcase, these are placed in a clear plastic bag and sandwiched in the middle of the baggage. I have shipped hundreds of pastel paintings to their new homes. To answer your question about the 20×24 acrylic painting, unframed… There’s no right answer because pricing is generally determined by how well known and collected the artist is. Paddle board dreams, 5x7 pastel. If I ship a framed piece to a show I use an airfloat box. Commissions are welcome. Cut a piece of foam core the size of the painting. Putting the art directly into these, I can store it in boxes or slide it into the archival pockets of an Itoya Profolio for easy display. It can smudge and is not moisture proof. Thanks Nancy for telling us about your way of storing pastel paintings. A step by step demo on how to frame a pastel painting using a ready made frame. I am not sure what glassine is but I -have the tissues in between Canson Mi Tientes pads. I stopped doing my own framing years ago when arthritis in my hands kicked in. But I think it’s unnecessary especially if you are storing them flat. It’s the shifting movement that might cause problems. Hi Maggie, My helper came in (I’m disabled) and when she saw my paintings, she fell in love with many of them. As I think of other things, I’ll add them to the blog. It sounds like you may use bags. www.patreon.com/viannaszabo, Remember Your Info Please email me with any questions. I know your time is precious so believe me when I say how much I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. I had the same problems before but through trial and error, I seem to have stumbled upon a possible solution. They seem to pick up a small bit of pastel, but don’t require glassine. Wrap it as you might a present, then tape it facedown onto a piece of foamcore. – You can store your stacks of work on a shelf (see picture below) or in drawers. Last week, I didn’t have a hope it was going to happen. Hey that’s it for this time. My painti… I love your blog and your helpful answers, constant encouragement to press on and your willingness to teach! My paintings arrive safe and sound. I usually allow at least 1 inch along each edge. If you need to access a piece, best is to remove the stack from the shelf or drawer and then look through the stack. Oh, one more thing I forgot, because I sometimes do ATCs in pastel or pastel pencil. Thank you especially for the instruction. Behr Inspired Painting. Since I have been a member of Daily Painters.com for 6 years and now Daily Paintworks, I have shipped many pastel paintings to their new homes. Not so with the glassine. Step 1: Select an area within the self-storage facility that has minimal human traffic. And yes, framing is soooo expennsive! Do you catalog your finished paintings to know where to find them? Put in a small box. Paddle board dreams, 5x7 pastel. The surface of a pastel painting cannot stand physical contact which would brush the dust off the paper. Use both sides. Cut a sheet of glassine about two times the size of each piece. Isn’t there a chance of smearing as you slip the paper in? Right now, I pretty much can put my hand on what I need but if work accumulates, I will need a system! To pack framed paintings: Find a box or build a crate that can fit the piece, with 3 inches of space available on all sides of the frame. Betty thank you for your enthusiastic and warm comment! Below is a short video showing how I make them. Thank you for your willingness to teach. The acid in the cardboard will eventually affect the pastel paper you worked on. I have packaging and shipping unframed pastels down to a science. The trays usually have compartments and foam inserts at the bottom to keep your pastels safe and secure. Paintings. I’m not sure if that’s the pad you have though. Funny how things turn out . Glassine is a material used by archivists to preserve unframed artwork and documents. Static factor, there ’ s a milestone, even in ‘ its ’ eyes! of! Step demo on how to ship and Package unframed pastel paintings to their new homes Gallery in,... 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