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Storing painted pictures: what to do with the sweets?

Store pictures - when the collection keeps getting bigger ...

Over time, you will accumulate more and more images. You may have proudly framed the first ones and put them on the wall, but at some point you simply no longer had the space to hang up all of your pictures.

You may not even want to share some pictures with the public at all: They are only intended for you, have a special meaning for you and need special protection. That's perfectly fine too!

There are also some pictures that you may not like so much that you want to hang them. But you cling to them because they were important to you, show your development, or the process of painting just meant a lot to you.

And then there is also the category of “Maybe I'll finish it” picturehalf-started lying on the painting table, waiting for their time to be finished. Of course, they don't even get on the wall. But shouldn't go away either.

So a solution is needed to master the multitude of images. Let's see what possibilities there are.

Keep watercolors and drawings

Watercolors and drawings need special protection so that the colors do not disappear over time, the paper is attacked or pencil and charcoal pigments gradually peel off.

Glass frames protect your pictures particularly well

Works of art are best in one Glass frame canceled, being a passe-partout ensures a small distance from the image to the glass. So the pictures can be hung up or stored. It's convenient and safe, but it's also expensive if you regularly paint new pictures. In addition, the framed pictures take up a lot of storage space.

Binder folders for storage: Inexpensive & uncomplicated

An alternative are Bindersinto which the works of art migrate. Look out for one here, however good quality of the folders so that your pictures don't get creases or are damaged in any other way. I personally prefer Folders made of sturdy kraft cardboardthat can be closed with simple elastic bands - like this one, for example. *

There are folders with and without flaps at the top and bottom. Personally, I prefer the folders without the flaps - although the pictures could fall out if I put the folder upright, I don't run the risk of the pictures being accidentally jammed or creased. This is especially the case when you mix different formats in a folder.

What you should definitely pay attention to with binders

If you keep your pictures in binders, I recommend that you protect the individual pictures again or easy to separate from each other. Pencil, charcoal and pastel drawings in particular quickly rub off on the sheet above - and watercolors also suffer quickly from the effects of dirt and dust. Take best Dividersto separate the individual works from each other.

Greaseproof paper or baking paper for example are acid-free and a cheap and uncomplicated solution as separator sheets. Alternatively, you can also wrap the individual pictures in foil - I like to use them for this Packaging covers for passe-partouts, but there are also individual foils, small gift bags or foil bags to buy (in which postcards and greeting cards are often packed). This is a practical solution, especially for smaller formats, which offers protection and can be used quickly.

If you keep the pictures in binders, be sure to keep them to be stored lying down. So nothing accidentally falls out or gets kinked. Dust cannot find its way into the portfolio that quickly either.

Graphic stand: chic design for modern living spaces

A Graphic stand * offers you another option to store your pictures - with the advantage that the pictures all quickly at hand and can be leafed through again and again. There are also suitable ones Graphic protective sleeves, in which originals, art prints, posters and graphics find their place (practical: when you go to art markets and exhibitions, your graphic stand can go with you - and you save yourself the hassle of presenting your pictures again).

The stands are also often very chic and fit perfectly into a modern living room ambience. The models made of natural wood underline a cozy atmosphere.

Drawing cabinets for your creative works

A more expensive, but very nice solution for storing pictures and drawings are so-called Architect cabinets or Plan cabinets. The cabinets with their many flat but sturdy drawers are ideal for storing drawings and arranging them according to different topics. Here, too, it is recommended Separating layers to be inserted between individual images.

But of course you also need a plan cupboard or drawing cupboard the appropriate place at home.

In addition to the classic plan and drawing cabinets, you can of course also have a simple one Drawer unit use to store pictures. Here are special Roll container practical, which can be moved in your creative area as needed. There are inexpensive drawer elements from IKEA, for example - they can also be embellished in your own way, in white or made of natural wood. ?

Store pictures on the go: How to protect your pictures on vacation

Do you like to draw and paint outdoors or do you take your painting supplies with you on vacation?

Then I recommend one to you Drawing case * instead of a folder. Drawing cases are very stable and offer space for different formats. They are similar to a briefcase, but have various compartments inside and are usually also equipped with elastic bands with which the individual sheets can be fixed.

The drawing cases also have a secure one Clasp and are mostly weatherproof.

You can easily carry it by the handle - some models have one too Shoulder strap to shoulders.


Storing pictures: canvases on stretcher frames

You like to paint with Acrylic or oil paints on canvas? Of course you need more space than for drawings or watercolors.

The most important thing here is the right environment: Oil and acrylic paintings like light, but not direct sunlight. Otherwise the colors can fade over time - but also darken in too dark surroundings. Also make sure that the Room temperature remains as constant as possible where you store your pictures.

Around 20-21 ° C is ideal, as well as one constant humidity of approx. 45%, which is also aimed at in galleries and museums for the storage of images. That is why basements are not necessarily ideal for storing pictures - the humidity there is usually much higher.

If it is too humid in a room or if the temperature and humidity fluctuate, it tends to warp the stretcher and the picture hangs crooked on the wall afterwards.

Before storing: don't forget the varnish!

Before you store or hang up acrylic or oil paintings, it is best to treat them with one Final varnish. * This is a light spray film that protects the picture from external influences and preserves the colors. Alternative and environmentally friendly is also by the way Beeswax. ?

I would always do canvases on stretcher frames store erected. If you store them horizontally and on top of each other, unsightly quirks and dents can quickly appear that remain visible. If you store them horizontally, make sure to only stack the same formats on top of each other.

Whether standing up or lying down: Again, pay attention to the to separate individual images from each other, with a fine piece of greaseproof paper or another separating sheet.

Keeping pictures for the brave ...

Last but not least, I would like to give you a special tip for storing pictures: You need a little courage for this, but you will also take a lot with you from this "storage".

When you've painted a picture give it away, sell it or - throw it away. That sounds terrible at first, throwing it away, I know!

BUT: If you want to immerse yourself EVEN more in the creative process, if you really want to feel that it's ONLY about the painting and not the result - then this measure is incredibly helpful and supportive on your way.

Let go and always stay in the here and now

You will learn to let go.

You will learn that it is really all about the moment.

About what is there in the here and now and what needs to be expressed.

And that nothing can be held.

This will also make you more free in painting: You will feel how you detach yourself more and more from your head - because your picture will increasingly no longer matter, because you are only painting it for the moment and not for eternity anyway. Your inner critic will therefore confidently hold back and just let yourself be painted - and you will feel more and more free, lighter and more carefree! ?

Try it out: Of course not when you are about to paint a picture for your living room or Aunt Gerda 😀 But if you paint intuitively and simply for yourself - then let go and Just let your picture go after a while - proudly, with joy, grateful and at the same time very consciously and determined.

And now have fun organizing your creative treasures!

All the best,