acid free silk paintings for hanging/framing
  • I've been thinking about making some of my silk paintings into wall hangings, specifically ones that are framed under glass with archival acid-free matting and framing materials. However, I'm unsure if the silk painting itself, made with acid dyes, can be made acid-free in the archival sense. What kind of washing and/or treatment would be required to insure an acid free piece that is properly prepared for framing?
  • As long asyou have rinsed the silk properly and thoroughly, all the acid should wash out completely. Silk will have a slightly acidic character because it is made of "amino acids" in general, but that is not something that yellows the silk long term. There is lots of old nice and bright white silk around. So, provided you rinsed properly, you will have no issues with this.