Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Where and how to store oil paintings while they dry?

I love painting in oils but they do take a long time to dry - up to 6 months (and sometimes longer) before they can be varnished.

Since I don't have a dedicated studio I need to store my paintings somewhere in my house.

I have been keeping them on the mantle piece, and they do look fabulous there, but now I have too many so need another solution. This is what I came up with...



All I needed was a piece of wood from the garage, a pack of long nails, and a hammer - and now I can store 28 more paintings!

My paintings are very small, just 2.5 x 3.5 inches. The nails I used are 75mm long with an oval top, and they are spaced at 1 inch intervals.

If you need to store larger paintings than this you could use wooden dowling instead of nails, and simply drill holes to fit the dowling.

6 comments:

  1. I never knew that they took so long to dry, but I love your little storage rack and the fact that you can see them too - adds lots of colour.

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    1. Thanks Lucy. The whole process takes even longer - after varnishing they need another 6 months to complete the drying process! It's well worth the wait though, I think the results from oil painting are amazing.

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  2. Your storage idea looks brilliant and you get plenty of time to enjoy them if they take 6 months to dry.
    Ali x

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    1. Thanks Ali, I have lots of room to paint more now too :)

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  3. That's a nifty drying rack and how brilliant that it cost so little to make!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I love to solve problems and I love a bargain :D

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