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Re: [teacherartexchange] How to display/protect really big charcoal drawing?


From: Sharon (sharon_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 05 2011 - 06:05:42 PDT

Thanks for the response! We do have some masonite available for this
and I like the idea of the "frame" that would keep plastic or anything
else from directly touching the surface. We need to figure out
something soon, but this gives me another direction in which to
"think"! :-)


On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 9:53 AM, Jerry Vilenski <> wrote:
> Whatever you decide to do with the coverings, be aware that any medium like
> charcoal or pastel will lift off the surface of the paper when it comes in
> contact with plexiglass or any plastic film.  Plastics have a lot of static
> electricity in them, so unless the charcoal drawings are treated with a
> permanent fixative, you will have a mess on your hands and likely ruin the
> artwork.  You might try first fixing the drawing, then backing the work with a
> stiff surface such as 1/4 inch primed masonite or MDF (medium density
> fiberboard).  You could actually display the work like that without further
> coverings. If you desire a more permanent display, then consider building a
> frame of wood with a channel that would allow the work to float so it could
> remain untouched by the plastic covering.  I like the idea by one of the posters
> of the insulation film--that could be stretched over the frame.  I would also
> check with a local college or university art department, because they are likely
> to have encountered dealing with large works of art and have some expertise in
> display systems.
> Jerry
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