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on: August 28, 2014, 11:31:49 PM
I was wondering whats the best way to store my drawings. Right now I just tear them from my sketch pad and place them in clear sleeves in a binder, I'm only doing small stuff now with nothing over 8.5x11. I was leaving them in the pad but they seemed to smudge a little on the page. I would love to keep them in the pad especially when I start on bigger ones. So how do you keep yours :confused:

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Reply #1 on: August 29, 2014, 02:16:44 AM

This is probably the wrong thing to do but I spray them with a light coat of hair spray to keep them from smudging.  (have not regretted it yet and have done dozens that way.  Do the same for my watercolor and the only acrylic I have done so far.)

Then I take a scan or photo (depending on the size), send it to my Gallery on, then usually give the original to someone who likes it.

The hair spray I have been using is Garnier Fructis Style, Extreme Control, anti-humidity hair spray.  The only reason I bought that brand was because it was on sale.  It made my hair to stiff, so I tried it on my drawings - VOILA, it worked very well.


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Reply #2 on: August 29, 2014, 04:42:22 AM
I just keep them in the pad.
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Reply #3 on: August 29, 2014, 12:24:46 PM
Be careful of the can discolour the paper over time.

I just lay a sheet of tracing paper or baking paper over the drawing with a tiny piece of tape at the top. No smudges, no problems. Nice and clean.  O0


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Reply #4 on: August 29, 2014, 12:51:10 PM
If your sheet protectors are acid free, then storing your drawing in them is an excellent way to preserve them,  if you tape your cover to them make sure you use acid free tape, I wouldn't recommend that since the adhesive can soak into the paper fiber and discolor over time and perhaps distroy your artwork.  Being in the framing buisness we have seen this happen too many times. 
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Reply #5 on: August 31, 2014, 10:12:56 PM
I store mine in plastic sleeves as well, those in the drawing pad just stay there. the little bit of lifting that ends up on the page above is minimal and doesn't hurt the drawing as it is a touching and not a rubbing

PS - Please never use hair spray on your drawings Mea