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Care should be taken with your stretched canvases both before and especially after they have been painted.
Your canvases should be stored vertically whenever possible. If they are stored angled against a wall they may warp over time. If they are stored horizontally they may sag and become unusable. Sagging canvases can be re-tensioned but this can be avoided is they are stored correctly.
Keep your canvases in a temperature controlled environment such as your home or studio. Do not store them in out buildings such as garages or sheds where they may be susceptible to moisture. This can warp and damage them prior to use.
If possible store your canvases in darkened areas and not in direct sunlight or near heat sources.
Multiple canvases should be stored back to back. Another option is face to face. This minimises the chance of canvases being marked or stained. If possible use bubblewrap on completed paintings.
Framing your finished artwork can protect a painting and reduce the chances of it warping in the future.
Always make sure you choose the ideal canvas for your painting. Lighter canvases can be affected by just a wet or thick wash of paint. Remember you are dealing with natural materials that will react to temperature changes or moisture.
This article is intended to give general advice regarding oil paint and solvent safety. Use this article as a starting point and follow up by doing your own research. Some additional resources are listed at the end of this post.
The following suggestions are designed to minimise the likelihood of contact with oil paint and your mouth or skin. Many oil paints contain toxic materials that can be absorbed by the body. Always read the labels and be aware of what you are using.
Solvents should be treated with as much care as oil paints both during and after use.
Solvents used to dissolve paint are highly flammable and can self-ignite. Care should be taken with bunched up cleaning rags soaked with solvent. They can catch fire as they dry. Soak rags in a container filled with water or store them in a sealed metal container where they will be unable to light. Never burn any solvent soaked rags. Do not wash solvent rags in a washing machine or tumble dryer.
While most artists are aware of these rules they can easily be overlooked or ignored due to deadlines or bad habits but sticking to them will ensure being around to paint for many years to come. More detailed reading on this subject can be found in the links below.
More detailed information on the Michael Harding range of Oil paints can be found on their website.
More detailed safety information can be found in the following books:-
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