Helpful InformationWhy Pastel? How do I care for my Pastel Horse Portrait?

October 6, 2018by Marina Haycroft0

 If you have received your very own piece of original fine-artwork, a soft pastel portrait of your horse or if you have gifted a portrait to a loved one, please read!  Pastels are unique in that they do not dry out and crack over time, like oil and acrylic paintings. Pastel is one of the most permanent art mediums. The permanence of your custom portrait depends on it’s framing, handling and care. When properly framed and securely hung, the pastel particles will stay fixed in place for centuries to present you with a timeless treasure with the same richness in colour and no deterioration.  As soft pastel has less binders and more pigment, your pure pigment pastel piece will stay bright, velvety and beautiful as long as you remember these few tips:

  • As pastel is easily smudged it is important not to touch the surface and must be handled with extreme care while it is unframed.
  •  While it is ok to keep your fine-artwork in its protective packaging for short term storage, it is strongly advised to have it professionally framed behind glass as soon as possible to protect and preserve your portrait.  Pastel paintings require extra special care when framing. With an excellent framer you can expect to receive acid-free, archival materials.  High-quality backing board and mats are a must to ensure the longevity of the artwork.  Avoid using plexiglas as the static can pull off pastel particles from your piece.  Museum-grade glass and materials are recommended.
  • Choose to hang your artwork in a place that avoids direct sunlight, extreme heat and high humidity.

Your custom artwork will be enjoyed for years to come.

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