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Subject: Watercolors


From: Carol Wickenhiser-Schaudt <watercolorist>
Date: Monday, August 16, 2004
I have recently come in contact with two watercolor paintings that I
painted in 1990.  I used what I then believed were lightfast paints.
Several were not.  Some have faded and some have changed color.  The
brand of paints that I used back then were mostly Winsor and Newton,
and Liquitex.

My question on restoring them is:  before mixing up colors of ASTM
lightfast rated paint mixtures and glazing them over the top of the
faded sections, should I wet the sections and then blot (not scrub)
off as much paint as possible first?  If I paint over the renegade
paints, will they in turn ruin the newly laid down layers?

Carol Wickenhiser-Schaudt
Scientific/Botanical Illustrator
Nautilus Fine Art Studio
21602 Park York Dr.
Katy, TX 77450-4624

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:13
                 Distributed: Tuesday, August 17, 2004
                       Message Id: cdl-18-13-017
Received on Monday, 16 August, 2004

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