This Friday, we at Life Retreat want to bring you something a little different. A ‘happy lifestyle’ has many different meanings to many people, and we want to cover as much of them as possible. We post about fashion, fitness, inspired living, beauty, entertainment and much more. Today, we’re blogging about Art. Do you have paintings up in your house? Do you know how to treat them to make them last longer (much longer)? Read on, to discover ten top tips on how to extend the life of your paintings…
1. Examine them periodically and carefully. Look for signs of deterioration that may require treatment.
2. If it is a stretched painting, is the canvas buckled at the corners, split at the tacking edge or looking very brittle on the turned over edge? If so, the painting may need lining or at the very least the edges may need lining.
3. Look for tiny holes, which could possibly mean wood boring insects in the stretcher. If seen, consider having it stretched on new wood. The painting should be taught, not wavy or buckling.
4. Is the paint layer flaking or losing particles of paint? If so, lay the painting flat in a safe place until it can be fixed.
5. Is the paint cloudy or opaque looking? The humidity may be too high or the painting once was stored in a very humid environment.
6. Check the hardware. Is the wire cord frayed and are the brackets and screws securely attached? Can the picture hook hold the weight of the painting? A heavy picture requires two hooks
7. Dust and lint can be removed with a soft natural hair brush or soft cloth. A piece of velvet works very well, however do not do this if there are any signs of loose or flaking paint as they will catch and be pulled off. Any cleaning should be done by a trained restorer.
8. Avoid hanging paintings over a fireplace or a heater because of exposure to soot and heat. Likewise they should not be hung directly below air conditioning ducts or in direct sunlight.
9. Kitchens and bathrooms also are not good environments for paintings because of smoke and humidity.
10. When storing paintings, be mindful of the environmental conditions. Attics and basements are not good because they are excessively dry or damp and lack good air circulation.