You have spent hours or even days creating a magical piece of artwork and now it is time to put it on display for everyone to see. Sounds easy enough right? Well, we all know that the sunlight can fade art faster than it took to create it, so understandably you may be hesitant to display it without protection.
That doesn’t mean that you can not put your art on display, it just means you must find a way showing it off without letting the elements damage it over time. Sun damage is not the only reason you may consider laminating your artwork. Below are ways in which having a laminator to hand can help you with your art;
1.Protection Against Sun Damage
As we mentioned above, laminating your artwork before hanging it up on the wall can dramatically reduce any damages caused by the sunlight. However, make sure you are laminating your artwork with UV protected laminating sheets otherwise your protection efforts will all go to waste!
Paintings done in acrylic and watercolors are extremely delicate, therefore a hot laminator will ruin them. Use a cold lamination technique on delicate pieces of art to avoid damaging them.
Top Tip: Laminate your artwork even if you plan on hanging it up in a frame to ensure maximum protection.
2. Stops the Image Transferring and Smudging
Not all of your paintings and drawings are for viewing purposes. Some of your sketches are personal and drawn just for you.
The only problem with having lots of sketches and painting in one folder is that they can smudge and get messy very quickly. Laminating your sketches stops any crayon, pencil and paint from transferring from drawing to drawing.
3. Stops Discoloration
Even in your sketchbook out of direct sunlight and other environmental factors your artwork can discolor and fade over time. Laminating bright drawings and paintings will preserve them and keep them vibrant for many years to come.
4. Protects the Paper
Arts and crafts are all about experimenting with different textures and materials. Let’s face it, it gets very boring drawing on thick white paper all the time. Transfer paper, tissue paper, and fabric are just a few examples of materials you can use in your artwork. It goes without saying that tissue paper will not last very long if it is not protected somehow and lamination is the best way to do this.
Investing in a laminator doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. These days there are high-quality laminators that are easy to use and very reasonably priced.
If you are struggling to find a good laminator, or are feeling overwhelmed with the options available, check out this review of the 10 best laminators on the market. I used it to help me decide what laminator is the best for me and I’m sure it will help you out too.