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#2 – Manhattan Bridge series, 11×14 graphite on paper.

A friend expressed and interest in buying one of my drawings. She said she has the perfect place in her bathroom to hang it.

Whoa Nellie! Moisture can ruin art work. At best, hanging works of art on paper in a high humidity environment can make it buckle. At worst, it encourages mold growth and paper deterioration which will eventually destroy the work. If you’re spending your hard earned money on artwork, you’ll want to take care of it and protect it.

Many websites offer suggestions for how to protect artwork in the home environment. One of the suggestions is to avoid hanging artwork in the bathroom, so that doesn’t help my friend. One site specifically talks about framing art for the kitchen and bath stating that “glazing,” which is either glass or acrylic, is essential to protecting artwork from splashes and moisture.

Another site offers step by step instructions about how to seal artwork from moisture. It requires special equipment, such as desiccant paper, book binding tape, and a humidity indicator strip. Well, my work isn’t going into a museum, and I don’t want to break my friend’s bank, so I won’t go so far as insisting on a humidity indicator strip in the artwork. However, quality framing materials and mylar, which can easily be acquired at the art supply store, is a good idea. And frame shops may carry desiccant paper, though I have no idea how much that will cost. I also have acid-free tape which will help seal the edges.

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#37 – Manhattan Bridge series, 11×14 charcoal on paper

Ultimately, however, if you’re serious about protecting your artwork from the elements, get a professional frame shop to do the work for you. Ideally, the purchase of artwork should be an investment. Quality framing is designed to protect that investment, so it’s worth paying a bit extra.

By the way, this is the same image in the style of my charcoal drawing. I wonder if she’d prefer this version.

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