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Old 04-07-2008, 04:37 PM
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how to store drawings

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i have been wondering how ppl are storing their colored pencil works. do you just put them in folders, use fixative or something else? i put mine into these plastic sheets (dont know what they are called) but i have been thinking that the color might rub off onto the plastic.
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:48 PM
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Re: how to store drawings

I store mine flat in boxes. with tissue paper separating them. I read that keeping them long term in plastic sheets can cause humidity to effect them.
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Re: how to store drawings

I have copies of all my drawings in my portfolio, but I don't have any originals to store, most of them being commissions,and the rest being gifts. I have two original portraits in frames, hanging on the walls.

I would think that using tissue paper or tracing paper between them would be the best way to store them. I wouldn't put them in plastic protectors unless you have sprayed them with permanent fixative, and then probably not shouldn't anyway.


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Old 04-08-2008, 10:10 AM
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Re: how to store drawings

Mine, for the most part, are hanging on the walls [those not sold.....] The others, mostly pen/ink works, being on stiff boards, are leaned against each other on the side wall of the room, whether in frames or not - and most all are coated with protective coatings, acrylic gloss medium for the most part....
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:17 AM
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Re: how to store drawings

I usually mat and frame my originals (my husband makes all my frames and I do all my own matting), seems that way they stay safer for me. However when I do store them I lay them flat in a map file I have and put acid free drawing paper between them. I always spray fixative on my finished pieces and have had no problems with this method. I have put some in the clear envelopes after spraying, but I do not seal the end, instead I leave it open for air flow and usually this is only for a short term stay before I get them framed or for transporting the piece. Has worked well so far.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:29 AM
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Re: how to store drawings

Since I don't sell to anyone unless they beg me---I own most of my own drawings. I store them in a tablet of acid free paper, in between layers....

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Re: how to store drawings

I dont have that many cp works yet and have not sold any . I do store what I have so far in pad of acid free Bristol paper(didnt like using it) in between layers.

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Re: how to store drawings

I keep mine in envelopes, about 10 to 15 per nvlp, with a clean sheet between each & every drawing, and (this is important) the envelopes are in vertical position.

Ordinary cp drawings need no fixative, pastel pencil works obviously need it.

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Re: how to store drawings

I disagree, Heikki. Prismacolors need fixative to prevent wax bloom, and the UV protector works to contain fading.
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I have been using a new workable fixative called SpectraFix, then I store them flat with glassine between them, if I don't mat and frame them. Drawings/paintings with mats, but no frames get stored flat with glassine, too.

Here is the URL for the SpectraFix product.
Since I do a lot of pastels, I first found out about it from those in the Pastel Forum.
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Re: how to store drawings

Elsie: Thanks for the link, it appears to be a fixative that I could really get behind, but I will have to try it first.

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Re: how to store drawings

I don't use any fixative on my drawings, not even with pastels, as I've read that it can affect the colours (darkens them) and in time the paper as well. What works for me is matting the cp drawings before framing them, this way preventing the paper to come in direct contact with the glass. I store the unframed ones between acid-free papers, one on top of another
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