Conservation of a Watercolour 1934.

The object was stuck onto a backing board.  It had extensive skinning and loses.  Acidic discolouration and staining.  There was previous restoration and retouching.  Work included removing backing board,  blotter washing with bondina tissue for support.  It was deacidified and lined using micro chamber lining paper with a wheat starch and methyl-cellulose paste.  The combination of glues give strength and flexibility.  The loses were filled using appropriate repair papers.  The retouching was done with watercolours mixed with methyl-cellulose to hold their form.  It was then slot mounted onto a conservation board ready for mounting and framing.

The three pictures show before, during and finished.


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