How to Care for Artwork
Now that you have your print, we want to ensure that you have all the tools you need to keep your art safe and in great condition so that you can enjoy it for many years to come. Handmade works of art on paper are inherently fragile, but can easily and effectively be protected from damage, here are our tips!
TIPS & TRICKS
MOUNTING + FRAMING
NEVER trim or cut your print, even if it has white margins. Typically, these white margins are included intentionally by the artist and trimming can decrease the value of the piece as a whole.
- Light - keep out of direct sunlight (especially south-facing light) and high-intensity artificial light. If you decide to frame your print, look into using UV protection glass/plexiglass. If not exposed to extreme light, prints will not become excessively faded or yellowed.
- Temperature - keep prints in a cool environment, preferably within the range of 60°-72° F (16°-22°C). Don't hang prints near areas that get too hot or cold, like fireplaces, radiators, or air-conditioners. Warm or moist conditions accelerate deterioration and encourage mold growth and insect activity.
- Humidity - maintain a relative humidity between 35 and 55%; if humidity is too high the print can be damaged by mold or insects, but if it’s too low the paper can become brittle. Avoid hanging your fine art print somewhere that is very humid, like a steamy bathroom or next to a humidifier.
- Pollution - keep away from dust, dirt and other pollutants for the best protection. A little surface dust can be very gently brushed off with a dry cloth, but anything too extreme should be removed by someone who knows what they're doing.
- Pests - pests are more inclined to live with your prints in a humid environment as opposed to a drier one. By keeping the temperature and humidity in check, you can avoid pest problems.
When handling your print, try and touch the paper as little as possible and avoid touching the image area entirely. Should you need to handle your print, use both hands and hold it by opposite corners, very gently, to avoid creasing. Just like the paper used is receptive to the colors and materials used to create your print, it can also be receptive to oil and moisture in the skin which can leave marks behind. Always try to wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your print.
If your print is not on display or must be moved, the best way to keep it safe and looking great is to store it flat inside of a rigid folder where it can be protected from light, dirt and humidity while being stored.
Your print can be transported flat or rolled depending on its size, but either way the print package used should be very stiff and your print should be fixed in a way to prevent sliding and rubbing against the packing materials – we suggest a soft wrapping paper or very smooth, non-abrasive tissue.