Your painting may have just arrived, or you may have had it for a few years and you may still be wondering “how do I care for my art?”
I work mainly with acrylic paints, and I also include a care card with any painting purchased so that you will know what I used to create the work and how to care for it. I am including the guidelines below for you as a back up to the information I routinely supply.
The following precautions can be applied to all artwork, as all art needs to be taken care of to ensure a long life. These are museum standard guidelines. This information is as a guide only-
* EXTREMELY cold climate and sub-zero temperatures can cause acrylic paint to crack. Try and maintain a normal room temperature.
* BE AWARE that paint becomes soft at around 60degrees celcius- avoid high temperatures such as placing painting above a fireplace or heater!
* NEVER hang your artwork in direct sunlight. Some pigments found in acrylic paints are extremely sensitive to ultraviolet light. This can cause some paints to fade.
*AVOID denting or pressure- always pick up your painting from the sides of the frame and NEVER from the top. Handling your artwork incorrectly or roughly can also weaken your support (stretchers or frame)
* NEVER attempt to clean the surface of dust by using solvents of cleaning products! You may use a damp cloth to wipe the surface of your painting. However, if you need further cleaning for your artwork then consider an experienced art conservator who will know the correct methods in which to clean without damaging your investment.
*AVOID HUMIDITY– never hang your original painting in a bathroom or in a kitchen where steam can be present!