After my work is fully dried, I put it in a large plastic bin or I roll it in one of the many fineartamerica art print tubes. I can roll up to ten or so paintings tight in the shipping tubes. They are not my favorite storage option because I have to wet the paintings down and flatten them order to frame and put in my gallery. That process takes 24 hours.
I think your cedar chest is a fantastic idea, but don't store paintings with anything else. Paintings get ruined very easily!
Thinking cedar will prevent moisture and insects from damaging them. Mostly will be my drawing artworks. Will have to find best way to protect my canvas works another way. Not sure I would take canvas frame off.... Too much hassle. Many are in frames, so maybe big tubs will work. I'm more concerned with protecting my paper drawings and prints, and have never heard anyone speak of preservation using cedar chest.
Mike, that’s very sad about your mother’s paintings. Have you tried a gentle hair dryer setting and a silicone spatula along the edges, or the opposite… I kind of hesitate to say this, because the paint might crack… freezing them?
winter is probably the best time to try, but being cold and not a great place to get into, we will probably just live the mass up there. at some point we may try to get them apart. they are older stock, others are sitting in a rack in a different room. but it basically told us not what to do in the future.
Thank you for the input. Had been saving up newspapers to place between framework pieces. Also wondering if plastic sleeves might work between all of my drawings? It's these
pieces that I'm placing in heirloom cedar chest. Thanks Becky, for the tip on Canson paper. Will be ordering that. Sorry about your mom's art Mike. I can relate with some of my pieces being left out in the barn, thinking they'd be OK. Bugs and humidity ruined several pieces.
When I moved out of my haunted art studio, I placed most of my paintings in cardboard boxes. Bad move when they stayed in the pole barn. Mud Daubers ate thru and made nests on my art. Thankfully it was on glass and frames, although a few were damaged. I'm told that ordering/receiving acid free paper will take weeks due to virus. Does anyone have a special way to protect pastel works? I want to avoid any smearing or rubbing on the pieces when put away.