View Full Version : Have you tried to shrink-wrap a pastel painting?

aspiring artist
05-04-2000, 11:48 AM
Has anyone tried to shrink-wrap a pastel painting TEMPORARILY? I have an opportunity to sell pastel paintings in a show that has a "starving artist" bin~~~nothing over $50. Art must be matted and shrink-wrapped. Do you think a pastel will suffer much under those circumstances? If anyone can share thoughts on this, I'd be very appreciative! Thanks!

05-05-2000, 01:27 AM
I have not tried shrink wrapping pastels. I would think with all the static electricity in the wrap...it would have a tendancy to pull pastel off the paper. I would certainly do a test piece...layer on pastels like you would for a normal painting...and then shrink wrap...and see what happens.
If it works great....but I would be cautious.
My other concern would be the handling in the bin....people jostling it around alot...not sure it would hold up.


05-05-2000, 07:00 PM
I've seen pastels shrink-wrapped, and have did a little of it myself. Things I used to consider were to make a kind of "shadow box" with a thick foam core "mat" to protect the work, keeping it farther from the plastic, and to do the work on a rigid support with a lot of tooth to hold the pastel. (before wrapping, I would try to dislodge the loose pastel from the support by rapping on the backside) 4vincent

aspiring artist
05-06-2000, 05:52 PM
Thank you, Stephanie RyderArt and 4vincent! Your suggestions were very helpful and I will certainly use them. I appreciate your advice!

05-06-2000, 08:23 PM
I've seen watercolours shrink wrapped with the mask. But the tend to get buckled as the shrink wrap pulls them in. A rigid frame would be the answer, thick enough to hold the shrink off the pastel and also strong to prevent buckling, but of course this would put the cost up,

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