By Eden Gallery,
Posted Aug 25, 2021 ,
In Drawing, Art Blog, Alec Monopoly, Angelo Accardi, Yoel Benharrouche, Calman Shemi
Drawings are a type of fine and graphic art that differs from paintings in that they focus on the shape and form of the subject rather than the colors and gradients.
Before we get started on storage, what is drawing? Drawing is one of the most recognizable, common, and oldest forms of visual art. Drawing, or illustration, describes the act in which an artist will use instruments, such as a pen or pencil, to mark paper or another two-dimensional surface.
Artists use different methods for drawing, such as graphite, chalk, charcoal, pastels, crayons, etc. All these methods use different mediums, and because of this, the storage of different types of drawing can differ.
To make it easier for you, we have a comprehensive guide on how to store our drawings.
The exact method for storing a drawing will depend on the mediums used to create the artwork. A drawing can be created with more than just a pencil, making some drawings more fragile than others.
Charcoal is a popular drawing medium, but anyone who has worked with charcoal knows it smudges easily. Before storing charcoal drawings, you can use fixative sprays to help limit smudging.
It’s a wise idea for artists to spray their charcoal drawings with fixative spray before attempting to store or transport them. Make sure to spray multiple feathery coats; this method also prevents the pictures from collecting dust.
Once the fixative is applied and fully dry, you can pack the drawings. Line the charcoal drawings with glassine or acid-free paper, as the regular paper will yellow the drawing.
It is better to use glassine in comparison to acid-free lining paper because glassine is more smudge-proof. Store the picture in clamshell boxes that are specifically made for archival purposes and are acid-free.
Matting graphite drawings can help with storage, so pencil or graphite drawings need to be fixed by a workable fixative. This means that the fixative should allow the addition of layers of graphite after the spray has been done.
Make sure to spray only a light coat of fixative on the paintings; this helps prevent smudging and dust collection.
Once the fixative is fully dry, you can line the graphite drawings with glassine and keep them in portfolios made explicitly for archival purposes with non-acidic plastic covering as the normal ones can yellow the drawing.
Like graphite drawings, you need first to fix a color pencil drawing with a varnish or fixture. This method will even help make the colors pop and help avoid the usual smudging while providing dust protection. Line the drawings with glassine, and you can store them by matting them and framing or store them in a portfolio.
Storing your drawings at home can be difficult if you don’t have good storage space. Try finding a room in your house with a moderate temperature year-round and low humidity – avoid basements.
Then, lay your drawings on acid-free boards and store them lying on top of a flat surface. Cover your pictures with a clean cloth to keep dust and dirt off them. If the drawings are going to be stored long-term, you should consider airing them annually to prevent humidity from building up.
Large drawings can be inconvenient to store due to their size. It is tempting to roll large drawings to make storage more manageable and the drawing more compact. However, rolling is not recommended for long-term storage and certainly not recommended for storage of pastel drawings or smudging materials.
Attempting to flatten a drawing again after it has been rolled up can cause long-term damage. Wherever possible, store large pictures flat as you would any other drawing.
If you have many small loose drawings or sketches, it’s often easiest to store them in a portfolio or folder. You should choose an art folder with no acidic plastic sleeves and put only one drawing in each sleeve to avoid transfer or smudging.
We hope this guide helps you in storing your precious drawings. You can learn more about how to store art on our blog. Follow these methods to ensure your drawings stay in mint condition. If you’re looking to buy original artworks you can be confident you know how to store them correctly.
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