Will temperature fluctuations harm acrylic or oil paints or paintings?
November 12, 2010 11:17 AM Subscribe
I am setting up a painting studio in my attic and I am concerned about how fluctuating temperatures will affect the paints and paintings.
posted by desjardins to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We live in an old house with a huge attic. Long ago, someone created a small room (8 x 10 ft) with plaster walls and one window. I would like to use this as my studio, and I plan to use a space heater in the winter. Of course, I don't want to leave the heater running while I'm not using the space, so the room will get quite cold for hours or days. Then it will get heated back up to 70 or so. I would really like to be able to leave everything (paints, mediums, brushes, paintings) up there. Right now I have a cheap set of acrylics and oils that have been heretofore kept at room temperature for a few years. Will the cold or temperature fluctuations damage the paints or paintings? The average winter temperature here ranges from 18 to 33 F (-8 to 1 C), though I'm sure it doesn't get THAT cold upstairs.