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Art Maintenance Advise

For many of us art is an important part of our decor, and some consider art as a worthy investment. Regardless of how you see art, restoring and preserving art pieces is important in order to maintain their beauty and value. Painting restoration is a serious matter; that is why most people prefer to have their paintings professionally restored. However, if you like the thought of restoring your own pieces, lots of practice and familiarity with techniques are necessary. According to statistics, more paintings and art works are destroyed each year by inept restoration and cleaning than by accidental burning or fire. Clouded varnish, dirt, and smoke are the usual culprits that cause paintings to become dirty. Restoring paintings by cleaning it is the logical step of most owners. However, wiping paintings with rags or some sort of liquid is damaging. Art restoration professionals recommend researching restoration techniques on the internet or attending seminars on restoring paintings before embarking on a restor...


Let’s Get Savvy - Art Savvy

Want to sound like someone that is a least a little art savvy? Make sure you don't use the following common art "faux pas." 1. Using the word "seriagraph" - Actually, there is no such thing as a seriagraph. What you are attempting to reference is a form of printmaking known as a serigraph. To be correct, you may refer to a "screenprint" or "silkscreen print". 2. Using the word "sketches" - Those who are knowledgeable about art use the term "drawings" instead of sketches. 3. Using the word "picture" - The word picture suggests an item that is more decorative in nature, while the word "painting" denotes a valuable work of art. The word decorative tends to be used as a put down when commenting on the desirability of a work of art, somewhat akin to the word "interesting". 4. Using the words "it's just a print" - There have been prints that have sold for several hundred thousand dollars. For example, works by Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Hokusai, and Sharaku. Aside from value, some artists did not creat...


The Art of Framing Art

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. But, what about picture frames? The main function of a picture or photo frame is to protect and highlight the content it holds. But, an equally important function is to accent the picture inside. A beautiful work of art can be made to look drab by framing it improperly, or using wrong materials. Similarly an excellent frame can definitely enhance the beauty of the picture it holds. There are frames, and there are frames. To select which is most suitable for the picture or photograph that you have in mind is not always an easy task. A poor choice could cost you the contented feeling you get when you look at a work of art. Occasionally, pictures are abnormal in size so you need custom picture frames which are quite expensive. To complement the picture, to get a perfect look and merge with ambience of the room where the picture is display one should be willing to commission a professional to build the perfect frame. Picture and photo frames of standard...


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