Tips to make your artwork last

Before creating any kind of painting let say contemporary painting, you should keep in mind that you have to things to take in consideration: First, how to choose quality paper or canvas and next is what type of medium should be used.

Paper and Canvas

It doesn’t matter if you will use watercolors, pastel, charcoal, graphite or color pencils for your artwork, what you should remember is that, the paper should be archival as well as canvases. This means that the paper or canvas should be made in a particular way to ensure it will last long. Generally, this means that the paper or canvas was made acid-free. Acids make the paper or canvas become yellow and destroyed quite fast.

Like for example, if you have saved a newspaper clipping for a long time, you will notice that it would become yellow in color and this is because of the paper’s quality.

Archival papers are also light-fats, lignin-free and alkaline-buffered.

Archival canvas or art paper is available in the market; just look for the products with “archival quality” or “archival guarantee” on the packaging.

Paints and medium with quality

You will be overwhelmed with so many types of paints, pigments and paint-like substances you will find in the market. Some even asks:

  1. Is it okay to use house paint painting?
  2. Can I put lip gloss on my painting?
  3. Can I use food dyes or homemade paints?

The answer to all these questions is yes, however it depends on the intentions for the piece of artwork.

If your intention is just to get a vision onto canvas or paper, then go for it. But if you want other people to look at your creation after several years from how it exactly created, then I think you should used other mediums.

House paints, lip gloss, food and others are actually haven’t tested yet for their ability to lasts overtime.

No matter what the prop up or medium is, the artist should always look for brands that are made by companies that have been around for many years. This way the artist knows that the brand has been tested to lasts long and that their work will be around for generations to come.

Try applying these ideas before making your contemporary paintings. Abstract art paintings could become your treasure someday so make sure to use high-quality paper or canvas for your abstract art that last long.

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