Canvas art has grown in popularity in recent years. Because canvas art is easy to hang and clean, it is a practical option for decorating your home or office. Canvas art comes in many forms, but all types of canvas art can be damaged if not properly cared for and displayed. This post will teach you how to protect your precious pieces of canvas art from the elements.
Protect Your Canvas Artwork
While there are several methods and products that can be used to protect your canvas artwork from potential damage, expensive or difficult-to-find materials aren't required. You can shield your art from many hazards by applying a light dusting of clear acrylic spray before hanging it on the wall. It's an easy and inexpensive way to defend your work against reoccurring harm—and since it's clear, you won't have to worry about changing the appearance of your art.
Just remember that no matter how thorough you are in applying protective measures, there is always potential for something unforeseen to happen. So if you're really worried about damaging a specific piece, keep it out of reach and away from areas with high amounts of traffic or risk.
Even if you don't have multiple paintings to store, there are several things you should do to protect your one from damage.
- Dust it regularly. Canvas paintings collect dust and dirt over time, which can cause the paint layer to crack or fall off, leaving the canvas unattractive and vulnerable. Use a soft cloth or brush, such as a makeup brush (you know all about taking care of your makeup brushes) to gently remove dust from the painting at least once every two weeks. If you find yourself in between brushes, be careful with whatever you use so not as to damage it.
- Make sure it's painted on all sides. Paintings that haven't been stretched onto a wooden frame tend to be more fragile than those that have been framed because they often haven't been painted on their edges. The edges of such canvases are usually left raw, so when they're cleaned with water or moved around in storage, paint can crack and flake away at the outermost part of the canvas—this is particularly true if a varnish has not been applied at some point in its life cycle. If this sounds like an issue for any of your canvases, give them an edge! All you need is some inexpensive artist's acrylic paint in white or black and a tiny brush; just make sure your chosen color contrasts well with the rest of the painting and then start painting those edges! And while you're at it...
Although canvas paintings don't need to be framed, it is a good idea to frame them if they are not gallery wrapped. Protecting your canvas painting with a frame will help keep it safe. When looking for a frame to use, ensure that it is the right size and made of the right materials.
The color of the frame should complement and accentuate the painting. For example, if you have an oil painting on canvas that has warm tones such as reds, yellows, and oranges, then you'll want to choose a gold or bronze frame. In addition to choosing a color that complements the painting's tones, make sure you pick one that is proportionate to its size. The dimensions should match up!
Protecting your art is an important part of keeping it looking like new.
The best solution for protecting your canvas art is to use a UV filter.
Many well-known artists, such as Van Gogh, have left us their works of art in different forms and in different mediums. Some paintings are oil on canvas while others are acrylic or watercolor. In order to make sure that your work will stay beautiful and look new, it’s important to protect it from the elements by using a UV filter or coating.
There are many options when it comes to protecting artwork; however, there is only one way to make sure that you don't have an issue in the future with fading colors or cracking because of sunlight exposure. Protecting your art is an important part of keeping it looking new.