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August 13, 2009 4:48 PM Subscribe
How do I smooth out creases in a fairly fresh oil painting?
posted by hermitosis to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
An artist sent me a large painting in the mail rolled up in a tube, but the box was crushed and the tube got flattened at one point. It's far from ruined and the paint didn't crack or anything when I unrolled it, but there are faint creases running down the entire length of the painting where it was flattened.
The painting isn't on canvas, it's on some kind of heavy duty upholstery fabric. It was painted recently enough that I could smell oil paint when I took it out of the box. I tacked it up on the wall from the top in hopes that gravity might help, but I'd like to see if I can do anything about the creases before I actually stretch it back onto a frame.
Any suggestions? I'm not planning on paying to have it restored -- the damage isn't that great -- but home remedies would be awesome.
is the painting, incidentally...)