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How to Protect Digital Oil Paintings

How to Protect Digital Oil Paintings

July 8, 2022

We all treasure some good old marvellous pics, and we mostly get the closest ones to our hearts digitally painted. Now as in most cases, after the initial excitement, we tend to keep those professionally created photos lying on some mattress, inside a bag & or in a store room.

This exposes the beautiful piece of art to unnecessary dust, insects & other contaminants. All of us really hate to see the wonderful creation destroyed, and look for ways on the internet to help preserve them.

If you too are looking for a solution, you have come to the right place, we will help you store that art in a safe, secure & simple manner.

Here are our top 5 recommendations on how to protect digital oil paintings.

Get it framed

The easiest and safest manner to protect digital oil paintings is to get them framed. It is also the most cost-effective one. Frames help keep the art, safe, secure and sound by acting like a protective layer on the beautiful creation. They also come with the option of hanging on a wall or having a stand behind them.

Both options are good and assist in improving the aesthetics of the house & improve the home decor. Frames also increase the shelf life of the art & prevent it from being exposed to dust, mites & cobwebs. Not to forget these framed paintings on canvas are visually appealing too.

Store in a cool, dry & covered place

Direct exposure to sunlight & UV rays is probably the worst enemy of artwork. It fades the colours & the artwork loses its vibrancy too. Dampness, moisture, & humidity can wreak havoc on the painting. It causes mould to grow & its outbreak literally destroys the art. Temperature control is a primary requirement in such cases, a conducive cool, dry place is suitable for most artworks & helps preserve the shine too.

Most people usually get this wrong, but the storage environment plays a big role in the lifespan of art. The better the environment, the more it will stay fresh.

Keep away from stains, smudges & liquids

There’s nothing more threatening than the gorgeous piece of digital art coming in contact with liquids, the spillovers are not only difficult to clean but also tarnish the original colours & effects created by professional painters.

Most of us have a habit of touching things with our dirty hands, especially while moving objects from one place to another, such touches create smudges and sometimes result in stains that can be difficult to remove. Think of artwork like a prized possession that needs to be protected to maintain its true vibrance.

Create a portfolio

A professional portfolio can go a long way in storing the art & keeping it safe. It also helps document all your treasured artworks in a particular place. Think of it like a prime collection of curated creations that are awe-inspiring.

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A portfolio can be a purchased one or a handmade one requiring some cardboard & tape. They help keep dust, mites & cobwebs at bay, preserving the painting & its colour. A portfolio is also a great way to showcase all your gorgeous paintings on canvas for professional purposes, it comes in very handy in such situations.

Storing in the upright position in drawers

The main point when storing your beloved craft is that it should always be stored in the flat upright position, without bending or rolling it. Bending or improper rolling often leads to colour distortion & may cause wear & tear while opening it.

Drawers are excellent options that way, they decrease the likelihood of digital art getting soiled, being stored in an improper way & are often inexpensive.

Care must also be taken that arts are not stacked one above another or are kept facing each other in the drawers.

If you are indeed keeping multiple arts in the same drawer, remember to cover the front side of each one with acid-free paper-like glassine that acts as a cover page or buffer between two stored arts. This way arts are avoided from being in direct contact with each other & can be kept safe for a longer period of time.

The last thing…

To wrap up, we gave you 5 best practices to protect & preserve digital oil paintings.

We have listed some really inexpensive ones like keeping in a drawer to opting for professional frames & solutions. Whichever way you go, we promise you won’t go wrong with any of these.

Paintings on canvas are often valuable, memorable & very close to hearts, a single misstep in handling the product might result in eroding the great number of efforts it took to create it.

Although we take our prized possessions seriously & try hard to avoid any mishap with them, but still prevention is better than cure, in this case too. Let us know in the comment section below, how’s your safekeeping going & whether you have tried any other solutions that have helped you preserve the memorable artworks.

We can’t wait to read your comments.

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