Sunday, 9 September 2012

Bubble Wrap Hell

I have found out that one of my kimono paintings has been ruined in transit between galleries in the US. For some reason the (for now anonymous) gallery decided to pack two unframed paintings face to face with only one layer of bubble wrap between them - with - wait for it.... The bubble side facing inward onto the surface of one painting. Then sent it fed ex.
So no surprise then that when they were unwrapped the plastic bubbles stripped off the varnish and left a dot pattern over the whole thing. *sob*.
The gallery is now trying to repair it but I don't expect it will be fixable. Any ideas of what to do?
Will keep you posted.

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  1. wow, I am so sorry to hear that. Thanks for the lesson...never use bubble wrap with bubbles on painting side. If the bubbles only took off the varnish perhaps you can remove the varnish, touch up any damaged paint, and re-varnish....
    What is better to use than bubble wrap when you cover the paint surface?

  2. Hi Stephanie,
    What varnish did you use? Any varnish ridging (tangeable surface marking) around holes? And was there any paint removed? If you used damar and there's no ridging or paint removed, try putting don a thin layer of retouch over the damaged areas, allow to dry and then if there's no perceivable paint-film damage you can go over the whole painting again with varnish.