Caring for your Prints
All prints are produced to the highest quality, using archival Hahnemühle German Etching (cotton rag) 310gsm paper and archival inks. This printing method is also known as 'Giclee' and ensures excellent colour accuracy and I oversee the quality of every print personally.
Just like an original painting, your print is an investment, so taking care of it as soon as it arrives is important to ensure that it lasts for generations to come.
Prints are shipped flat with an acid free backing board to protect the print in transit and where mentioned, with an acid free mat board ready for you to frame.
Handling your Print
Do not touch the printed area of your print. Natural oils on the surface of our skin can affect the fine velvet-like fibres on the matt surface of the print and leave scuff marks that cannot be removed. Your print will come with a white border allowing you to carefully handle the paper with clean hands when needed.
Where to Hang your Print
Considering where to hang your print is also important for preservation and longevity. Big swings in temperature and humidity aren't great for your prints so keep it dry, cool and most importantly, out of direct light.
Light exposure is one of the most frequent mistakes made and will fade the print's colours. Similarly hanging over a fireplace, radiators or directly under a heating vent can affect the longevity of your print. If you do plan to hang the painting in a high humidity area, such as the bathroom, or over the fireplace, speak to your framer so they can advise on the best framing methods that will give your print as much protection as possible.
These tips are certainly not exhaustive and I can't stress enough the importance of working with a professional framer to keep your print in great condition for years to come.
Framing your Print
It is recommended to have your print professionally framed as soon as you receive it. Use only 100% acid free mounting/matting and materials. Glass or acrylic glazing is fine but should not touch the print, hence the need for mounting/matting to keep it away from the glazing surface. Some acrylics also come with UV light absorbers to further protect your print. Let your framer know where you plan to hang the print so they can advise on the best framing methods that will give your print as much protection as possible.