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Old 07-17-2008, 07:04 AM
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How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

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I am not sure if this is the right place to post this query, but could not locate any other place for it. So, here goes...
I do pencil sketching and drawing on paper. However, I have a tough time trying to figre out how to preserve them, as all of them cannot be framed. I have laminated some of my earlier work, but am not sure if thats the best way to store them. The smudging related to the pencil work makes it tricky to store it. Any helpful suggestions on this would go a long way. Thanks.
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:09 AM
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Hi Sandeep, and welcome to D&S. Storing pencil drawings is always a concern of the artist. In my case I spray the finished drawing with an
acrylic based spray called "Krylon crystal Clear". This gives the drawings a durable finish that resists smugging and does not yellow. I then store them in a flat file under my bed. One word of caution, this spray although made for this purpose will darken your drawings slightly so use caution . This is not a problem for me because I my drawings tend to be dark anyhow. So, try it out first before spraying your best works.

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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Well, I do a lot of pencil drawing, and I use a spray fixative. (Grumbacher, Tuffilm Final Fixative, matte finish for Pastel, Charcoal, and Pencil) On the can, it warns of darkening the drawing slightly once sprayed, but I find that the change is very slight, and I really don't see a difference. I spray every finished work with this fixative.
Also, a friend once gave me a scrapbooking starter kit. Well, scrapbooking was not something I enjoyed, so I used the scrapbook, with it's clear plastic sleeves, to preserve my drawings. I don't know what size your drawings are, but this scrapbook has worked very well because most of my drawings are 8x10 or smaller.
I hope this helps! Good luck in preserving those drawings!
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Sandeep...Welcome to D&S!

Have you checked out the Learning Centre yet?
It is full of answers to drawing questions! One or two specifically on drawing! Try them!
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Years ago I had the same problems with my darwings till somebody introduced to fixative.Draw big pictures and smug all the time.Only problem I have is store them in a safe place.My drawings are 11x17...............
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Hi Blink,
I store my drawings by first spraying them with fixative and then putting them in to a very large spiral bound sketch book. Like it was a scrapbook. I use photo corners so they won't fall out. Then store it laying flat like a large coffee table book. As I continue to create more art work I will have more scrapbooks to fill. I make sure that I use archival papers in everything I do and also in the scrapbooks I store them in.
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Thanks everyone, for welcoming me to D&S and also for your suggestions. What is pretty clear is the use of a fixative is the prefered approach.

Would storing these sketches in transparent plastic sheets be okay?

Sandeep
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:10 AM
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Two words of advice - it's better not to use a cheap fixative if you can afford it, and also, make sure you have plenty of ventilation. If you can, spray outdoors, because the stuff is quite nasty.
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Thanks for the inputs.
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

To prevent deterioration to the paper and artwork, anything they come in contact with must be acid free, that is why scrapbooking supplies are good because they are generally acid free.

You can also buy proper art portfolio's in different sizes (fabric ones that zip up or just regular cardboard ones) that have the rings like an office file, you can purchase the plastic sleeves from the artshop to fit the various sizes. But generally scrapbooking craft supplies will be cheaper.

Spray with fixative before putting in the plastic sleeves, otherwise the graphite may stick to the plastic and 'ghost' on your artwork over time.

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Old 07-18-2008, 06:28 AM
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Re: How to store Pencil sketches and drwaings?

Hi Michelle
Thanks a lot. I do use portfolio with the plastic sheets you mentioned for my watercolor paintings. Now have to hunt for a decent fixative that is available here locally.
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