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