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Ruined! How to Protect Your Art

Mother Reading Sun Damage

This piece was in the window of a gallery for only one month.  It was displayed without a frame and UV protected glass due to contest requirements.  Imagine my surprise after picking it up and not even recognizing it at first.  The green tissue on the tree and the lime green leaves were mostly faded.  A whole third of the piece where there once was a pretty deep blue, now turned completely to grey.

If you purchased one of my original collages before April 2015, please make sure to replace any regular glass with UV glass and either send it back to me for UV spraying or spray it with several coats of UV protected spray, such as Krylon’s UV-Resistant Clear Gloss.  Keep the art in a darker spot away from direct sunlight or lamplight.  If your art has already been faded beyond recognition, please contact me regarding possible repairs.

Here are some tips to make sure your collage keeps its brilliant colors:

  • Hang art out of direct sunlight.
  • Avoid moisture and extreme temperatures.
  • Hang the artwork in cool, dry places (68 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Use a UV protected glass in the frame.
  • Use a mat to separate the art from the glass.  This will keep the collage from sticking to the glass and assist with moisture control.

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