Though my works are painted with permanent colors and high quality acid-free watercolor paper (cold press or hot press), and preserved with a UV protective glaze, there are further steps to take to preserve your paintings.
To care for your watercolor painting, you should follow these steps:
Lighting & Light
- Watercolor paints (though permanent) are very sensitive to light, which may product discoloration in their pigments.
- They must be dimly lit and never have direct lighting.
- Avoid spotlights that constantly illuminate the painting in addition to sunlight.
Temperature & Humidity
- Place your painting in a dry and ventilated place.
- Humidity is terrible for watercolor materials, causing the appearance of fungi and molds.
- Avoid placing painting near sources of intense heat, such as; heaters, fireplaces, kitchens near cooking spaces.
Hanging & Placement
- Hang your picture as soon as possible
- The work must be protected by a glass and frame.
- Be sure the mounting mat is acid-free paper.