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Backstory: One of my friends was living in California for a year, and became friends with the local homeless population in her town, Palo Alto. One, by the name Jack Pierce, of them made money by painting on the random things he could find in his area. This could be painting on wooden pallets, using broken mirror shards, or painting on recycled poster boards. My friend decided to buy a few of his paintings, and send them to me. Unfortunately, sending art across the country is really hard to do while still maintaining good condition. The higher quality the material is too, it is easier to insure that the condition stays sound. Since the materials were poor quality to began with, by the time they got to me, a couple of the paintings weren't in good condition anymore. Two of them, both on recycled poster board, were bending.

 

Technique: To get a painting straight again, you will usually have to apply weight to the painting over time. However, the weights have to be disrupted evenly. I took one of the paintings and covered it with two towels. This is to protect the actual paint. Then I put on two textbooks that were larger than the painting, itself. After this, I took dumbbells and put them on top of that. I then waited for a month. Keeping the painting under weight that long has a similar effect to putting a flower under weight for a long time. If this doesn't work, you can also over correct the bends by putting weight on the crease, then using a book to lift up the normal part of the painting.

Results: I got two pictures that were bent and used a similar material. I have fixed one of them so far. The fixed one is on the left, the bent one is on the right. There is a side picture that allows you to see this clearer.

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