Advice on caring for and looking after your treasured paintings and artwork.
Occasionally my mind goes a little “off piste” and I have ideas, which I really should ignore. The “Cleaning tag” is one that made it to the sketch book.
Looking back I love the perfect madness that in a world, where it is essential to offer care and washing advice for everything, a “cleaning tag” for paintings makes sense. Personally I advise washing in fairy tears and drying with a unicorns tail.
I have used the notations in some of my sketchpads and notebooks and I admit it is great to look back on the weather and emotional state when I was working. Maybe it can even explain the reasoning behind the pictures and how they came to be.
Care for your paintings
However, what started out as a humours post turned more serious when in discussions with a fellow artist we talked over fading and damage to paintings further down the line. So in retrospect having how to care for your painting instruction is not such a mad notion after all.
If I was to redo my “Washing instructions” label I would include the following advice
- Check on hanging mounts, to make sure they are not frayed or loose.
- Periodically inspect the frame and the tension of the canvas, making sure no keys have fallen out and so loosen the stretcher.
- Do not hang in bright sunlight as this can cause the painting to fade.
- Do not hang the painting above a fireplace or radiator as the heat and soot can cause damage.
- Never store paintings in damp or humid environments such as lofts, attics or basements.
- Lighting with incandescent is a good idea, halogen or fluorescent bulbs can fade paintings.
- It is advisable to dust paintings with a natural brush or soft cloth but not if there is any sign of flaking paint.
This should ensure a life time of enjoyment and avoid any unnecessary damage occurring to your painting. Remember if in doubt always consult a professional conservator.