Pastel paintings created with artist's quality pastels on acid-free grounds are very stable. The dry colors are applied directly to the ground which is an acid free paper with either a rough texture or a coating containing pumice that grips the pastel. When I complete a painting I give it a couple of thumps on the back to remove any loose pastel dust then frame it behind glass or acrylic to protect the surface.


Properly framed pastels are very sturdy, long-lived paintings. 

Some things to remember:

  • Avoid hanging any art in direct sunlight. 

  • When transporting a pastel painting, keep the painting face up and avoid sharp jarring.

  • Do not spray cleaners directly on glass or frame - moisture can seep under the glass and cause damage.

Care of Pastels

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