Careful handling is a must! The pastel painting may shed a few particles of pigment when new, but this is normal and will not damage the image. Please do not attempt to rub or brush away fallen particles, as you may mar the surface of your painting. Lightly shake them off and store the unframed painting flat until you take it to a framer. Do not touch the painted surface. Putting fingers or other items on top of the picture or allowing it to be rubbed or flexed will damage the surface. Keep it flat, supported from underneath and facing upwards to protect the pastel surface. When you come to hanging the painting, choose a dry place indoors out of direct sunlight. Sunlight, even filtered through a window, is the enemy of all fine artwork. It degrades paper and canvas and may fade pigments.