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Hey, illustrator peeps! I have just got 4 big boxes of artwork returned to me from my publisher (4 full color 80 page books worth!!). Watercolor and ink paintings on Arches paper. Is there a proper way to store these? When I sent them I separated each one with tissue paper and placed each batch in an extra large ziploc, and that's how it was returned to me. I was wondering if that's fine to keep it that way, or if there is a special method of storing these?

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#1 - October 30, 2014, 03:07 PM
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No idea how you're supposed to do it, unless you have space and $$ to get flat files. I have a few archival boxes that I sometimes remember to put art in (was better about it before we moved, because back then I knew where the boxes were).

Hope someone else will chime in with a good response.
#2 - October 30, 2014, 03:52 PM
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I am covetous of flat files... *yearns painfully* One day...

The boxes are currently taking up precious real estate in my office closet...  :sigh
#3 - October 30, 2014, 05:53 PM
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I have the world's tiniest house, so space is of a premium and no room for flat files. I have loads of zip leather-like portfolios. I store each book's art in one of them, separated by trace paper. I keep it upright as opposed to flat and the portfolio slide in between the computer desk and the file cabinet, so they are safe and not likely to be affected by damp or mold from a basement. So far I have 7 books' art in the one folio, but will probably have to add another for the newest book I'm working on.

Art that is smaller (8.5 x 11 and under) I just file in the regular file cabinet in a thick comic book plastic sleeve.
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thanks guys!  :thankyou

Wendy, I do something similar with my big sheets of paper...I used to have a HUGE flat zippered portfolio I got in college, but my ex stole it when we broke up (many many moons ago)...including the work that was inside.  :smokhead Might be time to invest in another one.
#5 - October 30, 2014, 07:41 PM
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Grrr. Bad X. No cookies for him.
#6 - October 30, 2014, 07:57 PM
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#7 - October 30, 2014, 11:22 PM
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Might be worth chucking a few packets of that silica gel stuff that absorbs moisture in with them if you plan on storing them in one place for a long time.
#8 - October 31, 2014, 03:10 AM

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Only the fumes from the silica may alter some of the less stable pigments. Especially with transparent, non staining watercolors in the yellow and blue families.
#9 - October 31, 2014, 07:00 AM
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ahhh, okay. Better not do that then :D
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I used to use my large zip-up portfolio for storage. But, luck was with me last year when my husband found used flat files/double stack unit for blueprints. I love, love, love it. The large portfolio has older works in it now that have been deemed never to see the light of day, or at least public-light of day. :eyeballs
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Hi! I just saw this thread and thought that I should chip in even if the thread is a bit old. I work in a museum in the department of prints and drawings and we store our works on paper like this: We store the works interlevaed with sheets of glassine and in solander boxes. I would suggest that you look for some cheaper archival boxes and keep the work in a place with air that is as dry as possible.
The main thing is to not keep the drawings in any plastic, leather or unarchival cardboard, to invest in some glassine and to always store them flat. That's my tips! Thanks!  :yippee
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thanks Karin!! I will look into that!!
#13 - January 04, 2015, 11:48 AM
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I've been wondering about storage as well!  I have a variety of methods (zippered portfolios, archival boxes, boxes of sketch books..) and would like to set up a better system. Thanks for the suggestions.
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I'm working on my 7th PB plus have 4 dummies in the works. It was becoming a nightmare to keep track of each book's stuff. I decided this year to get over-sized cheap portfolios for each one of them so I can keep paperwork, sketches, notes, roughs, final art, F&Gs and a printed book all together. Now, when I pull out a book for a demo I don't have to hunt all over for all the pieces because they are all in one place. It's been great for my Skype visits. I keep the final art separated from the rest of the items with a sheet of archival tissue.
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Oh great idea, Wendy!!
#16 - April 06, 2015, 10:58 AM
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I wish I could claim the idea as my own. I saw a 300 times published children's book illustrator in a YouTube video showing off his wall of book portfolios. I can only hope I can make a wall of my own one day! LOL
#17 - April 06, 2015, 03:23 PM
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