Art Work Care

The following are general guidelines to help you increase the longevity & 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. Acrylic, a non toxic medium, rose to prominence in artwork after the 1940’s, and is beloved around the world for it’s versatility, corruptible chemistry, and durability. It is often used as an alternative to oil paint, but has a faster drying speed. Acrylic paint is receptive to interception with other materials, including water bleeding & surface building compounds. Acrylic paintings, when sealed correctly, will not fade and can last over 100 years. Acrylic pieces are typically created on canvas or wooden cradle, but many artists love to use acrylic medium on a variety of surfaces. 

Transport Instructions | Ensure the piece is covered in packing paper, then bubble wrap or some other breathable barrier packaging, and then in a box if possible, carried by hand or tucked neatly in a suitcase if travelling. 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. Ensure there is appropriate hardware to support the wooden frame. Keep acrylic pieces in dry areas- moisture & water can warp the wood frame. 

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 & spills. Adding additional paint on top of a piece may cause chipping & damage as paintings have been sealed for durability. 

Encaustic Paintings

About | Encaustic paintings are made with pigment, beeswax, damar resin (which naturally hardens it), and is created on a wooden cradle made of birch. Encaustic paints are the most durable form of painting, used back in Egypt and surviving over 2000 years with no cracking or flaking. Wax has several inherent qualities that allow it to stand the test of time; moisture/mildew/and fungus resistant, natural adhesive and a preservative, and is unappetizing to insects. Wax paint does not yellow or darken with age, leaving the piece as fresh as the day it was created. As an artist, it is a beautiful & gauzy medium to work with. It requires an entirely new set of materials & supplies, including heated palettes, blow torches, waxes, and pigments. Encaustic involves many layers (up to 45 layers per piece) built up, sealed, carved, imprinted, painted on, formed, and shaped on a wooden cradle.

Transport Instructions | Ensure the piece is covered in wax paper, then bubble wrap or some other breathable barrier packaging, and then in a box if possible, carried by hand or tucked neatly in a suitcase if travelling.

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 art work. The piece should always feel cool to the touch with your hand and never above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Encaustic reacts negatively to extreme cold, so it is not advisable to hang pieces in freezing weather. It is also not advisable to put encaustic paintings in glass frames as it can damage, warp, or increase the heat on the piece. Let the piece sit out in your home and the sweet smell of beeswax will provide a lovely scent in your home.

Care Instructions | Every six months, like other paintings that you may dust, we recommend you 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 cleaned hand, or a lint-free cotton cloth and buff the painting in a slow circular motion. You will notice after 1-3 minutes the piece will return to it’s usual shine.