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Water damage on art on paper can cause stains and damage! Discoloring and ripples may show up due to mold!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011


The stains seen on this engraving are from mold that grew on the paper after it got went during Hurricane Katrina. Although the mold is dry and dead the stains from infestation are very disfiguring and will darken with time. The darker the mold stains that develop are the harder they are to remove.


What Is The Best Temperature For Artwork? – 3 Tips To Protect

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I’m asked all the time something along the lines of  “What is the best temperature for my artwork?” or “What temperature should my house be?” or “What environment is best for my collection?”  Well, its not a one word answer. The answer is kind of long, actually, but I think you’ll find the answer and the photos  interesting.

What materials are you worried about protecting? A wood sculpture, an oil painting, a watercolor, glassware, a plastic toy collection, photographs, leather book bindings? Each material reacts to it environment a little different but by and large the answer to this question is, thankfully, not a single number temperature (that would be hard… and expensive… to try and maintain!). Its a range. My detailed answer to this question would be different for someone in Florida than Wyoming, or for someone living in Puerto Rico or Utah. But in general, what your items need, much like all of us, is stability.


Heart Breaking Damage. Learn how to pack it or get help.

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.