007A – Point Break British Quad

Well Roma and I finished this one off a while back.  The blues were tricky and I just started experimenting with the airbrush.  Learned about over spray real quick…

Before:

007A - Point Break British Quad

007A - Point Break British Quad (Pre-Restoration)

I de-acidified, washed and lightly bleached in an attempt to remove the stain in the upper right.  The stain didn’t come out..  I also sanded off sharpie of the title on the back side.  When airbrushing we used Gouache and gum arabic. The neck was tricky on this one.. No fixative was applied to this poster as it looks rather even without it.

After:

007A - Point Break British Quad (Post Restoration)

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A)

Dave from allposterforum.comalso sent me this NeverEnding Story quad to practice on.

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Comparison

Pre-Backed Condition: Poster arrived rolled and folded (the old “rolded” poster).  Upon inspection was in good to very good condition with slightly more that typical fold wear for a theater used poster of this age.  There was one area of non-machine folded creases and a near the Title. The front of the poster had very nice colors.  The poster had a 3.5 inch tear in at the top center that was repaired by packing type tape and the poster had pin holes. The back side of the poster did show signs of age and there was writing in the title area.  There was writing that was reduced with eraser. I did not take a picture of the back side of the poster; oops.

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Pre-Backed Condition

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Pre-Backed Condition (on the work table)

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Pre-Backed Condition (Tape Removal)

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Pre-Backed Condition (Tape Removal)

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Pre-Backed Condition (Tape Removal)

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Pre-Backed Condition (Tape Removal)

During Conservation: This poster was washed with a mild organic soap.  The soap was sprayed onto both sides of the poster and was manipulated into the poster by gently rubbing the poster down while in between two mylar sheets.  Some dirt was noticeable when rinsing.  The poster was rinsed more than three times. No bleach was used on this poster.  A mixture of CaCO3 was applied and the poster left to soak for ~20 minutes.  A final distilled water wash was completed prior to applying a buffered wheat paste adhesive which also assist in conservation efforts as the CaCO3 in the wheat paste can surround acid molecules and protect the poster from further deterioration.

During Backing:  Charlie utilized a CaCO3 buffered wheat paste solution to mount the poster Japanese masa paper that was mounted to raw 12 ounce cotton canvas immediately before. Once the poster was placed on the masa, the poster was inspected for air bubbles and/or large bumps from wheat paste that may have slipped through the strainer; none were observed and this poster backed very nicely.

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) During Backing

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) During Backing

Restoration:  Unfortunately no pictures were taken during the touch-ups.  We used water soluble wax based pastel sticks to do the touch-ups, as well as Dewert water colors pencils in some areas.  The water soluble medium actually polished when buffed with a cotton ball and worked quite well… Update: Due to the possibility of “wax bloom” this poster was sprayed with Krylon Workable Fixative (Matte Finish) to “fix” the medium. This medium will no longer be used because of this reason.

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Immediately After Backing (Full)

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Immediately After Backing

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Immediately After Backing (Tear)

Results:  The poster turned out well.  Again, the face area of the poster was extremely difficult and took some creative application and polishing techniques to blend multiple colors to get the right look.  The folds on this poster seemed to draw color at different rates and after the application of the Workable Fixative some colors became darker. The area of the tear came up particularly well and involved laying a base black color and then shading in  greens to get the right look.

NeverEnding Story British Quad (004A) Final

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Nightmare on Elm Street British Quad (005A) Backed and Touched-up…

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Dave from allposterforum.com sent me this NOES quad to practice my new found linenbacking skills.  He must have a double to put such an awesome poster in my hands…

Before & After Comparison (005A)

Pre-Backed Condition: Poster arrived rolled and folded (the old “rolded” poster).  Upon inspection was in good to very good condition with slightly more that typical fold wear for a theater used poster of this age.  There were multiple areas of non-machine folded creases and a “Y” crease where the poster was folded aggressively and the corner trapped inward and folded that way.  The front of the poster had very nice colors.  There were no tears, but there was a ding in Freddy’s hat. The back side of the poster did show minimal dirt or other build up where the poster had been folded, as well as two stains near the area of Freddie’s hat.  There was writing that was removed with eraser. I did not take a picture of the back side of the poster; oops.

Prior to Backing (005A)

During Conservation: This poster was washed with a mild organic soap.  The soap was sprayed onto both sides of the poster and was manipulated into the poster by gently rubbing the poster down while in between two mylar sheets.  Some dirt was noticeable when rinsing.  The poster was rinsed more than three times. A very diluted mixture of Chloramine-T was applied to the back only in the area of the stain.  It worked to some extent, lessening the stain; it became undetectable from the front of the poster.  The poster was washed multiple times at a very high volume of water for approximately 10 minutes.  Chloramine-T does not leave the poster very easily.  A mixture of CaCO3 was applied and the poster left to soak for ~20 minutes.  A final distilled water wash was completed prior to applying a buffered wheat paste adhesive which also assist in conservation efforts as the CaCO3 in the wheat paste can surround acid molecules and protect the poster from further deterioration. The poster did not smell of Chloramine-T prior to application to the masa.

During Backing:  Charlie utilized a CaCO3 buffered wheat paste solution to mount the poster Japanese masa paper that was mounted to raw 12 ounce cotton canvas immediately before. Once the poster was placed on the masa, the poster was inspected for air bubbles and/or large bumps from wheat paste that may have slipped through the strainer; none were observed and this poster backed very nicely.

Just Backed (005A)

Restoration:  I snapped some pics while we were working on the touch-ups that illustrate the challenged faced to make this poster shine… We used water soluble wax based pastel sticks to do the touch-ups as well as gauche water colors for the lettering areas.  The water soluble medium actually polished when buffed with a cotton ball and worked quite well…  Update: Due to the possibility of “wax bloom” this poster was sprayed with Krylon Workable Fixative (Matte Finish) to “fix” the medium.

1. In Progress (005A)

 

2. In Progress (005A)

 

3. In Progress (005A)

4. In Progress (005A)

5. In Progress (005A)

Results:  The poster turned out better than expected.  The face area of the poster was extremely difficult and took some creative application and polishing techniques to blend multiple colors to get the right look.

All Done! (005A)

Nightmare on Elm Street British Quad After Backing and Touchups (005A)

 

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Liddell Couture 3 Linenbacked and Restored (002A)

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Before & After Comparison (002A)

Was given this poster to “experiment” on as I trudge my way through learning this art pretty much on my own.

 

Pre-Backed Condition:The poster had multiple small tears, large pin holes and previous image wash from using “goo be gone”.  I removed all excess tape residue and sanded the back side at these locations for better adhering ability.

Pre-Backed Condition (002A)

Washing:  Unfortunately when I began to wash this poster it start de-laminating and approximately 20 to 30 small fluid pockets appeared. I then stop washing, did a quick rinse and proceeded to break each bubble with an exacto knife causing some additional damage. One of the tears also extended as we were working to fix the de-lamination. We mounted it and let it sit and began work to restore the image for presentation.

Restoration: I did small paper fills and “in-painted” areas that need it.  Also touched up the folds.

Post Restoration:  The poster presents well but there is evidence of restoration work upon inspection.  This poster should frame well.

Post Restoration (002A)

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