By Chelsea Reed
Whether it’s a growing collection of your favorite artist or an inventory of your own artwork, storing miniature art is a simple task that’s often taken for granted. But did you know there are certain things you can do to prolong the life of your minis before storing them? Following these tips closely will ensure their enjoyment for generations to come.
- Climate is the key.
Measure the humidity and temperature levels in the place of your choice before storing the art. An ideal environment would be 70 degrees at 40-50% humidity, but a different reading is fine as long as the room or storage unit fluctuates no more than 20 degrees in 24 hours. The same is true with humidity fluctuations at no more than 20%.
- A little cleaning goes a long way.
Cleaning your miniature art before storage makes a difference in preserving their quality. It also helps prevent the buildup of stale odors. No need for elaborate chemicals or abrasives – a simple soft cloth or dry sable brush does the job nicely.
- Cardboard and plastic are your best friends.
Safeguarding your minis for storage is similar to regular sized art. You can secure the corners of framed art with cardboard and tape, or ‘sandwich’ the art between two slightly larger cardboard sheets. Then, wrap a blanket, old towel, or bubble wrap around the artwork and secure with more tape. You can also buy boxes designed for artwork or make your own box instead.
- Keep them away from direct sunlight.
Like their larger counterparts, the materials in miniature artwork can fade or deteriorate when exposed to direct sunlight. Make sure your storage area has few or no windows in order to minimize this risk.
- Give mini oils and watercolors the “special treatment.”
Different art mediums require different care in certain conditions, so it’s good to do your homework. Watercolors are less tolerant to moisture, for example, while feather dusters can scratch oil paintings. You can always ask an art expert if you’re not sure or are dealing with stubborn sticky residue.
- Resist the temptation to stack on top.
Layering your minis on top of each other in a box may seem like a safe idea, but their frames could collapse. Instead, stand them next to each other on their edges, making sure the frame corners are adequately protected. Then pack any smaller minis on top of larger ones.
We hope that these insider storage tips help you! For questions and more information about storing your miniature art, feel free to contact Seaside Art Gallery now or visit in person. Their staff has first-hand knowledge about expert storage care for these little jewels. While you’re there, you can see their 26th International Miniature Art Show or shop the art online. Don’t forget to apply the special art show coupon code “miniship” to receive free continental U.S. shipping!
Chelsea Reed is a freelance copywriter and blogger. She writes articles, blogs, online content, press releases, websites, and is published in North America.