Friday, October 06, 2006
acrylic on panel
The greatest amount of damage to artifacts is caused by careless handling. Prior to moving a painting, be sure to remove all jewelry, belt buckles, etc. so that the painting is not accidentally torn or scratched while being moved.
When moving a painting, always be sure to grasp the painting from both vertical sides. Do not hold a painting at the top of the frame or by its hanging wire. Also be careful to insure that the picture wire does not puncture the back of the painting during the move. It is important to avoid bumping canvas paintings as even the slightest bump can cause future cracking of the paint surface.
When clients are picking up paintings from my studio, I like to wrap them in brown craft paper and tape the outsides of the paper with masking tape. I then attach an envelope to the outside with the invoice, the certificate of authenticity, a brochure and a business card. The painting has a label on the back with my name, phone number and web site. If they are transporting a long way, I first wrap in brown paper and then bubble wrap. I never put bubble wrap directly on the painting surface.