Sometimes I like to store my drawings where I can see them between sessions, because glancing at them in odd moments helps me to see them objectively. One time I made the mistake of leaving a drawing sitting out unprotected, in the middle of a dry summer, with all the windows in the house open. When I started to work on it a few days later, I was horrified to see that the whole thing was covered with a coating of
I spent the rest of that day lightly brushing and blowing the
dust away. Sadly, I spent my next free day re-drawing some very dark details that had been lost in the
My very simple solution for
dust, and other mysterious spots and specks, is to tape a piece of
plastic food wrap to the back of the drawing board, and then flip it over the drawing between sessions. After a while, the wrap loses most of its clinginess and you can easily flip it from one side to the other.
Sometimes the best solutions to drawing problems are home grown and inexpensive. These drawing protectors could save you many tedious hours of
clean-up work and will help you create a professional looking piece of art that's easy to frame. Your buyers and your framer will thank you for taking time to keep your entire drawing
clean, including its borders.