So, you’ve finished your oil painting and you want to move on to your next masterpiece. If you’re wondering where to store oil painting while drying, it’s actually not all that difficult. While leaving it on the easel is certainly an option, it’s better to invest in a drying rack so that you can keep painting while that fire inside is guiding your brushstrokes. A proper rack will let you adjust the space in between so that you don’t have to worry and will have plenty of space to allow you to keep busy for the foreseeable future.
The subjects I’ll cover today will include this, as well as storing dry paintings, and keeping your palette paints from drying out when you want to use them just a little longer.
Let’s talk about storage and drying paints — what to do with them so they’ll dry… or so they won’t!
Where should I leave my oil painting to dry?
The easiest drying option is going to be a drying rack. This lets you keep your drying paintings separated properly and out of the way so that you can get more work done instead of waiting for your painting to dry on the easel.
A good example is the Scog’s Art drying rack which you can view on Amazon here. I like this one because you can adjust the space inside and the rollers on the bottom make it easy to park it somewhere else if you suddenly decide that the current area is too dusty or simply that you need the space it’s occupying now.
Aside from pre-fabricated models, if you are the DIY type then you can certainly take advantage and whip one up on your own. To that effect, here’s a great 3rd party link that can give you a few ideas on how to get started.
Once you’ve got your own drying rack, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it – oil paints really take FOREVER to dry!
How do you store an oil painting on canvas?
While a climate-controlled storage would be optimal, that’s not always an option as that can get a little pricey and let’s face it, that’s money that can go to art supplies so it’s probably not going to happen. With that in mind, there are a few ‘hard and fast’ rule to observe when storing your oil paintings on canvas properly:
- Your oil paintings on canvas are sensitive to light… because of this you want to make sure that you are storing them somewhere cold and dark so that this is not going to be an issue.
- Speaking of cold, don’t just stick them in the garage. It gets really hot in the summer and that’s not good for your painting or the canvas on which it resides. Keep the year-round temperatures in mind when selecting your storage-spot.
- If they are fully dried and varnished, an easy and effective way to store them is to store them flat in mirror boxes, preferably on a rack that keeps each box separate so that no weight is pressing on the cardboard.
These are just a few examples but this should give you some ideas so that you can whip-up some proper storage at home!
How do I keep my paints from drying out?
So, we’ve talked about drying and storing, let’s hit this from the other side and discuss NOT drying out. Specifically, where your paints are concerned. Painting on a budget means that you want to save as much paint as you can with your projects, and thankfully there are some easy ways to go about this.
I’ll share my favorite one with you.
At the end of the day, when you’ve finished up and you want to save the paint on your palette, then cut out a piece of saran wrap and wrap your palette up in it, then put it in the freezer. Your freezer is generally set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, but it takes -4 to completely freeze your oil paints.
Just don’t mistake it for an sherbet sampler in the middle of the night!
Some final words
Storing your oil paintings to dry is going to be a simple matter of building a drying rack or simply purchasing one the many commercial racks which you can find on the market. Just make sure that the size is compatible with your canvas and that you have plenty of space in between each rack to avoid any accidental damage.
If you’d like a few more tips on storing your paintings, you can find a 3rd party article here that can give you some good information to help make sure that you are storing your art properly. After all, with oils and acrylics, your work has the potential to last centuries!