Preserving Pretty Pastel Portrait
March 13, 2014 12:15 PM Subscribe
I have a new pastel portrait that I'd like to preserve. Advice?
posted by Elly Vortex to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
I have recently purchased a beautiful pastel portrait. I don't know what kind of pastels were used, but it is definitely pastel. The portrait is about 10"x16", very vibrant colors. Right now it is simply matted and is in a plastic sleeve. It is does not have any sort of fixative on it.
1. I have heard about pastel fixative spray. Is this safe for me to do on my own, or is there a risk of me ruining it by not being an expert? Despite what I hear on the internet, I will NOT be using hairspray instead. Can I just go to an art supply store and buy it? What should I look for?
2. I would like to frame it and hang it. Usually I peruse yard sales until I find a frame the right size, ditch the original picture, and hang the pic I want in it. Should I be looking for a frame with glass in it? What kind of glass?
3. I will not hang it in direct sunlight - I know that much. Anything else I should do for to ensure a healthy environment for the portrait?
My pretty pastel and I thank you.