How to Preserve Pencil Drawings? Whether you are an artist, or just someone who likes to doodle, you may be wondering how to preserve your drawings.
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Gather your materials
To preserve your pencil drawing, you will need a few supplies. First, gather a clean piece of glass or Plexiglas. Make sure that it is large enough to cover the entire drawing. Next, you will need acid-free archival tape. This type of tape will not yellow or damage your drawing over time. Finally, you will need a soft cloth or brush to clean the glass before you begin.
Now that you have all of your materials, you are ready to begin preserving your pencil drawing!
Choose the right paper
Paper plays a vital role in the preservation of your pencil drawings. While generically labeled “sketchbooks,” there are many types of sketchbooks available, each with different purposes. When you’re ready to start preserving your work, choose a sketchbook that is:
– Neutral in pH
Don’t worry if you can’t find an art supply store near you that stocks acid-free or lignin-free paper. You can still find good quality paper at your local store, but make sure to check the labels before you buy.
Use a fixative
Pencil drawings can fade and smudge easily, but you can prolong their life by using a fixative. A fixative is a clear spray that adheres the particles of graphite to the paper so that they don’t move around when you erase or draw over them. It’s important to use a fixative before framing your drawing so that it doesn’t get damaged in the process.
There are two types of fixatives: workable and non-workable. Workable fixatives allow you to continue working on your drawing after it’s been sprayed, while non-workable fixatives are final. You can find workable and non-workable fixatives at most art supply stores.
When applying a fixative, always follow the instructions on the packaging. Some common tips include:
– Apply the fixative in a well-ventilated area.
– Shake the can well before use.
– Hold the can 6-8 inches away from the drawing and spray evenly.
– Allow the drawing to dry completely before touching it or framing it.
Store your drawings properly
To maintain your pencil drawings, it is important to store them correctly. Drawings should be stored flat in a cool, dry place They should not be rolled up, as this can damage the paper. If you must stack your drawings, make sure to use acid-free paper or cardboard in between each one to prevent them from sticking together.
Protect your drawings from light
To protect your drawings from light, you can do one of two things: either frame them behind glass or keep them in an archival storage box. If you choose to frame your drawings, make sure to use UV-resistant glass, and if you’re storing them in a box, be sure to use acid-free materials.
Scan your drawings
One of the best ways to keep your drawings from getting damaged is to scan them and save them electronically. This way, even if the physical drawing gets damaged, you’ll always have a copy that you can print out or use to make new prints.
To scan your drawings, you’ll need a scanner that can accommodate large documents. Place the drawing on the scanner bed and select “document” or “photo” as the scanning mode. If you have the option, select a high-resolution setting so that you end up with a high-quality digital image. Once the scan is complete, save it as a JPEG or PNG file.
Frame your drawings
One of the best ways to preserve your pencil drawings is to frame them. This will protect them from dust, dirt, and other damage. You can find frames at most craft stores or online. Be sure to get one that is acid-free to further protect your drawing.
Hang your drawings
The best way to preserve pencil drawings is to hang them. Hanging them will protect them from becoming damaged or stained. If you are going to frame your drawings, use acid-free materials.
Take care of your drawings
Drawings are original works of art like paintings, but they require different care because of the materials used. A properly preserved pencil drawing can last for centuries, but it is important to take measures to protect your drawings from damage.
Frame your drawings with care, using only acid-free matting and backing. Hang your drawings away from direct sunlight and high humidity, and do not expose them to extreme changes in temperature. Store drawings flat rather than rolled, and keep them in archival storage sleeves or boxes.
Get help from a professional
Although you can take many precautions on your own to maintain the quality of your pencil drawings, for long-term preservation it is best to consult a professional. A professional can provide you with specific guidance on how to store and display your drawings to best protect them from degradation.