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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Best Travel Tip Ever for Protecting Small Pastels

'Mountain Study I'             4x6          pastel          ©Karen Margulis
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It woke me out of a sound sleep. I get my best ideas when I am drifting off to sleep but this idea woke me up.  I couldn't wait until I could get to the store to see how it would work.  I am happy to say it works as planned and I can't wait to take it on the road (or the high seas)

What is it?  The best way I have come up with so far to protect and transport finished small pastel paintings when traveling.  I love to bring along my small pastel travel kit when I travel. It is easy to stash and set up quickly to paint.  I usually paint minis 2.5x3.5 up to 5x7.  The challenge is protecting and transporting the finished paintings. 

I have used clear bags, small notebooks, foamcore sandwiches and small magazines. All work but once the paintings are finished and put away it is hard to take them back out to share with others.

Not any more!  I will be using thin, lightweight photo brag books!

'Mountain Study II'       4x6      pastel

  • I found a 4x6 photo brag book for $1.50 at Michaels Art and Crafts. ($1.13 with a coupon) 
  •  I can slip each finished painting in the plastic sleeve.  It will be protected but I can now share my finished work with the curious. I can store them in the book once I get home as well.
  • This book holds 36 4x6 paintings or if I am painting 2.5 x3 .5 it will hold 72 paintings!
  • It is very thin and lightweight, perfect for slipping into my pastel kit.
  • The books are cheap enough to use a fresh one for each trip. I need to stock up!

Protecting mini pastels 2 per page

protecting a 4x6 painting

Now I need to find something similar for 5x7 and 8x10s! 

 Just a reminder that this week is the last week to be entered into my drawing for an 11x14 pastel. If you purchase one of my mini pastels you will receive an entry. The drawing is on January 31!  Visit my Etsy shop to see all of the available paintings. $15 each


Susan Herbst said...

GREAT idea!

Anonymous said...

You don't have an issue with static from the plastic sleeve? Or when you pull the painting out?

Karen said...

Good question, it is just like using the plastic clear bags. I put my finger inside to open it wide enough so the painting doenst rub against the plastic. You will find a bit of the dust on the plastic but not enough to matter. To me the benefit of this outweighs any dust left behind.


I agree a wonderful time to "receive" inspiration is just before or sleeping or immediately upon waking. The shower is also good. You are inspiration to all of us.

Observe Closely said...

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Sea Dean said...

I am in awe of your work and love all the helpful tips you give. I agree that it's a great idea, but I'm not sure about long term storage. I would hate for your beautiful work to get damaged. I just finished reading David Cuthbert "The Pastel Painter's Solution Book" p 29 "It is not a good idea to keep your finished pastels in transparent plastic presentation sleeves. These are fine for showing your work to someone, but in the long-term, you will find that static and humidity causes the pastel to travel onto the inside of the plastic sleeve, resulting in a deterioration of the work". I have a similar problem with storing acrylic paintings which will eventually stick to any clear bag, even archival ones. :(

Anonymous said...

What an excellent idea!