Oil pastel self portrait: How to lengthen the longevity

Oil pastel self portrait is currently a popular decoration for many families. It is really interesting that the older the more valuable and beautiful the picture is. Apart from issues relating to material and quality, how to preserve oil paintings is also an important factor to have a perfect picture. The article will show you some ways to preserve oil paintings.

Oil pastel painting - the cover photo album "Stream Promised Land" by Dar Williams
Oil pastel cover photo album “Stream Promised Land” by Dar Williams

Choosing a proper location for an oil pastel self portrait

To increase the longevity of the oil pastel self portrait, the most important thing to note is that hanging it in a safe position. It should be protected from direct sunlight. If using lights, the distance between light’s diffusion and the surface of the painting is highly recommended to be at least 10 cm. This helps avoid the impacts of heat on its quality.

A painting of a gentleman and his french bulldog
A painting of a gentleman and his french bulldog

Same to fireplaces, heat vents, air conditioners or fans, consider placing your oil pastel portrait away from that factors to take the humidity under control. Furthermore, if possible, please place the pictures away from doors, windows and out of reach of children or pets.

Easy but powerful preservative measures

Covering the surface of a painting with varnish is the most effective way to preserve it, of course this step is done after the picture is finished and dried. This is a way to preserve oil paintings from moisture and dust from the outside.

A painting with front sailing boat view over Positano a village and comune on the Amalfi Coast, in Campania, Italy
A painting with front sailing boat view over Positano a village and comune on the Amalfi Coast, in Campania, Italy

When the painting is covered with dirt, wipe it off with a soft brush, repeat several times or use a slightly damp, slightly damp cloth. This way you will clean the dirt on the painting quickly without damaging the paint.

Read more: The secret of oil conservation painting effectively

No class cage needed for an oil pastel paintings

A cow-boy man sitting in a chilling inn
A cow-boy man sitting in a chilling inn

Many people think that, like paintings or other furniture, the glass will help preserve oil pastel portraits the best. However, it is really taboo to avoid. Besides, according to the principle of enjoying the painting, people will watch how the artist. Someone drew with a fly, someone drew with a brush. Each drawing will give the viewer a unique impression. So absolutely no oil paintings glass cage would be ever needed there.

Wedding oil pastel painting of a couple with relaxing posin
Wedding oil pastel painting of a couple with relaxing posin

In conclusion, there are many ways to preserve oil paintings but hope with the above information, you will have more knowledge on how to preserve your oil pastel self portrait perfectly.

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