Art Work Care

The following are general guidelines to help you increase the longevity and protect the integrity of your purchased art works. 

Acrylic Paintings

About | Acrylic paintings utilize acrylic based paints, made of synthetic polymer dispersion, a form of plastic, mixed with water. When sealed correctly, they will not fade and can last over 100 years.

Transport | Ensure the piece is covered in packing plastic, then bubble wrap or some other breathable barrier packaging, and then in a box if possible. Note that canvas pieces can easily puncture without appropriate casing to protect all sides. 

Hanging Instructions | Although durable and mostly impervious to temperature changes, it’s best to hang acrylic pieces in cool, dry places. Keep acrylic pieces in dry areas- moisture and water can warp the wood frame. Ensure there is appropriate hardware to support the wooden frame. If the piece is over 4 pounds, we recommend finding a stud to anchor the piece.

Care Instructions | Every six months, dust the piece with a microfibre cloth or duster. A damp cloth can be used sparingly in the case of stains and spills. Adding additional paint on top of a piece may cause chipping and damage as paintings have been sealed for durability.

Encaustic Paintings

About | Encaustic paintings are made with pigment, beeswax, and damar resin (which naturally hardens it), and are on wooden cradle (often made of birch).

Transport | Ensure the piece is covered in wax paper, then bubble wrap or some other breathable barrier packaging, and then in a box.

Hanging Instructions | We recommend you hang your piece out of direct sunlight and at room temperature. Extreme heats can potentially affect the piece, although the damar resin within the medium significantly hardens the medium.  

Temperature | Your painting should always feel cool to the touch with your hand and never be heated above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Encaustic reacts negatively to extreme cold, so it’s not advisable to hang pieces in freezing temperatures. It’s also not advisable to put encaustic paintings in glass frames as they can damage, warp, or increase the heat on the piece. Let the piece sit out in your home and it will emit a sweet smell of beeswax.

Care Instructions | Every six months, you can buff your painting when it seems dull or hazed over to bring back its lustre and shine. When the painting is at room temperature, use a lint-free/microfibre cotton cloth and buff the painting in a slow circular motion. Pay special attention to texture and be gentle on raised areas of pieces. You will notice after 1-3 minutes the piece will return to its former shine.