Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Some Storage and Framing Tips for Pastel

Quick Set Up
When painting plein air it is important to have a simple and quick set up so you can capture the scene and light before there are too many changes in the scene,  Pastel is a dry pigment which makes this easy.

Since this is a dry pigment care must be taken to cover and secure the painting in transport.  I usually tape the pastel paper to a solid
backing.  Then when I am ready to travel I can use the more expensive glassine paper secured snuggly over the pastel painting but I have also found that I can use the deli paper secured with tape or clips on small paintings.  Sam's Club has a great deli  paper which is not waxy that works well for me.  Once the painting is covered securely you can stack other secured paintings on top of each for storage.  The main concern is to avoid smearing the pastel but I have had no problems transporting the paintings and storing them until time for framing,

Pastel paintings do need to be framed under glass and with off sets to protect the painting.  Clear off sets can be used to separate the space between the painting and the glass.  Using the clear off sets, the painting does not require a mat.  If you are using other types of off sets such as matte board or foam core, a mat will be needed.

There is some controversy in framing with glass placed and tightly sealed against the pastel. This is seen in some areas of the country where there is little humidity and less chance of mold growth under the glass.  I have tried this technique with no problems arising but I watched the surfaces for well over a year to see how successful this technique in framing could be used.

It is nice to have some options to use when framing pastels without mats  but you should be aware of problems that can arise.

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