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Water Damage on a Lithograph of a Woman by Henri Matisse

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Painting By Henri Matisse

Litho By Henri Matisse

This work on art on paper came into the lab because it had a water stain on the lower right hand corner, which makes this valuable print look awful… and takes away from the value.


Part 2 Questions about Archival Storage and Acid Free Paper

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Scott, Cardboard pattern acid stains

Another question… for items I want to keep in a transparent enclosure (so they don’t have to be handled directly to view), there seem to be so many choices. I’m thinking the polyester or polyethylene envelopes might be the best because they’re closed on 3 sides (less chance of something falling out) and seem sturdier than the poly bags. But they’re also way more expensive than the polyethylene bags. Please help!


Questions Acid free, Archival Storage and About Acids in Paper

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Scott, Hi.

My answers to Kathie are in bold…

I’ve another question. I’m still trying to get a handle on the most effective (but also economical) way to store paper items archivally. torn-marriage-certificate1


Mold damage and storage of family history.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


Family history, certificates, videos, photos… What’s MOST important to you?!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010


Do It Your-Selfers: Don’t Do This!!!!!

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Some people get into reframing their old artwork. The enemy of this money saving effort is impatience. Doing the job right with patience is particularly important when you are reframing artwork on paper. There will be old tape and if you rip off the tape… the following WILL happen:
1. You will peel a surface layer of the paper off (see photo on right)
2. This will reduce the value of your artwork, if it is vintage and has value (this one does).
3. You will risk ripping the paper… which did not happen in the case of this photo.


Save Money – Cool Idea – Recycle Old Frames – 3 Great Tips

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I like the idea of recycling old frames, if they are decent looking. Think of it, a frame from the 20th century is from the “last century.” One of the ways to help a work of art to “look old” is to put an old frame around it. Why would you want to do that? Mostly because either the old one was lost or damaged very badly or you want a new reproduction to look old.

So, here’s the drill. Have fun scavenging around garage sales for old frames. An old frame can be bought cheap but remember the following: