FAQ: How To Mat Watercolor Paintings?

Should watercolor paintings be matted?

Because of the delicate composition of watercolors, we strongly recommend they be matted in light, neutral colors. Vivid, striking colors aren’t as popular. They may shrink your pool of potential buyers immediately. With most art, a small overlap onto the artwork – 1/8” on all sides – is needed to secure the paper.

How should watercolor paintings be framed?

Watercolors Need to Be Framed Watercolors are best off when you frame them under glass, and there are compelling reasons to do so. Watercolors are usually done on paper which will deteriorate very fast if left in the open.

How long will a watercolor painting last?

Pan watercolors should be good for at least 10 years. This varies depending upon the storage conditions. Moldy watercolors are usually discarded. It may be possible to salvage tubes that are dry or separating.

How do you clean an old watercolor painting?

Dab or gently rub the painting with the pieces of bread. The soft, doughy texture of the bread picks up the dust and dirt on the painting without harming the watercolor. Wipe the painting with a piece of bread. As the bread becomes dirty, replace it with a fresh piece.

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Can you mat a painting?

Matting a painted canvas is an elegant way to accentuate your artwork. Use a mat made from acid-free materials and labeled as “archival.” Mats prevent the artwork from pressing against the glass, and thus protect the painting from moisture damage.

How do you display watercolors?

You can display your paintings on paper by mounting your painting on board. I like the simple look of paintings on paper mounted on board, it works very well with thick watercolor paper or yupo paper. Mounting your paper on board is an excellent option if you wish to display your work on paper unframed.

How do you keep watercolors from fading?

Since light is a major catalyst, watercolors should be kept out of direct light and protected by a sheet of filtered glass or acrylic. They should also be mounted in acid-free mat board to keep the paper from discoloring over time.

How do you make watercolor waterproof?

Use a Varnish or Fixative

  1. Schmincke Watercolour Fixative (spray)
  2. Jackson’s Pastel Fixative (spray)
  3. Golden Archival Varnish Matt (spray)
  4. Daler-Rowney Watercolour Varnish (brush-on)
  5. Roberson Picture Varnish Matt (brush-on)
  6. Roberson Beeswax Picture Varnish (rub-on)
  7. Gamblin Cold Wax medium (rub-on)

What do you put under watercolor paper?

Masking tape works best on watercolor paper, less so on the canvas, Yupo, and clay board surfaces because the paint can seep under the tape if it is not sealed well.

How do you finish a watercolor?

If the watercolor is on paper spraying two even coats of the aerosol Archival Varnish (Gloss) is usually enough to seal and adhere the pigments to the paper. If the watercolor painting is on Absorbent Ground, then three even coats of Archival Varnish (Gloss) are generally required to prevent bleeding or streaking.

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Can you stretch watercolor paper on plexiglass?

There is no need to re-stretch it on a board – just work on the loose dry paper for lots of control. When watercolor paper is evenly soaked with water and laid on the plexi there will be little or no buckling as the paper fibres all stretch the same amount.