Precautions with Using Colored Pencils on Dust Jacket Protectors?

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Hi everyone

I’m putting some of my dust jackets in Brodart covers. The white backing looked so harsh behind the fairly grubby dust jacket for this book so I tried non-watercolor pencils to color in behind some of the larger holes. Should the non-watercolor pencils be rubbed with wax paper or anything else to protect the interior of the jacket? Or is it just better to get some acid-free colored paper?

Below are some pics of the jacket and of how the front looks with some coloring on the back sheet of the protector. I know it looks pretty amateur but trying to do the best I can with my budget lol.

Anil

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Hi Anil,

I don't see the photos. Let me know if you uploaded them and they didn't stay on the site. Aside from that...

Let's talk about the colored-in sections of the paper backing of a dust jacket cover. The key is to keep the dust jacket safe so you want to be sure not to add anything inside the protective cover that will damage it. It sounds like you colored directly on the paper backing. For more flexibility and accuracy, (in case you don't like the color or it extends too far) next time, color onto a separate piece of paper that you can attach to the paper backing. That way you could use an archival spray fixative before attaching it.

Meanwhile, if it is colored directly, rubbing the color penciled areas with wax paper will definitely help prevent the transfer of the color and should be sufficient to the job unless there is a moisture issue in the environment.

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    Hi Anil,

    I don't see the photos. Let me know if you uploaded them and they didn't stay on the site. Aside from that...

    Let's talk about the colored-in sections of the paper backing of a dust jacket cover. The key is to keep the dust jacket safe so you want to be sure not to add anything inside the protective cover that will damage it. It sounds like you colored directly on the paper backing. For more flexibility and accuracy, (in case you don't like the color or it extends too far) next time, color onto a separate piece of paper that you can attach to the paper backing. That way you could use an archival spray fixative before attaching it.

    Meanwhile, if it is colored directly, rubbing the color penciled areas with wax paper will definitely help prevent the transfer of the color and should be sufficient to the job unless there is a moisture issue in the environment.

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      Oh! Ok, thank you. Yes I did color directly on the paper backing. Next time I’ll used a separate piece of archival paper or perhaps just look into colored archival paper to fill in spots. Not sure if the images being left off my first post was a site error or user error on my part so trying to re-add to this one.

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          And here’s after the coloring. It looks OK but I might replace with colored paper. I was trying to match for the color but I should probably been matching more for the dirt! 😄

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