Tips and Techniques: Storing wet oil painting panels

Last week an artist in one of my Facebook groups shared his space saving way of stacking his wet oil paintings. Bert uses metal dish draining racks to safely store his drying panels. I was so impressed by his ingenious tip that I went out and bought one for myself. These wire dish racks are inexpensive – £5.00 from Asda – and sturdy enough to hold fairly large panels. The one I bought will hold up to 40cm+ wide. I’ve also heard that toast racks work well for smaller pieces so I may be utilising my toast racks for art too!

If you buy a rack for drying, check the feet – I found that my Asda dish rack a bit ‘scratchy’ on a table surface so had to put some blue tack on the ball-feet. I’ll be taking some fine sandpaper to it later.

My old toast rack on the other hand (see right) has no rough parts so perhaps spending a bit more to get quality is the answer. Happy painting peeps.


Published by Ainetheon Arts

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