Art Print Care

Tara McPherson / Art / Fine Art / Posters / Toys / Books 

ART PRINT CARE
Here are a few things to keep in mind while handling and flattening your print(s).

- Please handle the print with clean dry hands, only by its edges. The oils from your hands can reduce archival qualities, and any fingerprints and scuffs on dark areas will show up as a sheen.

- Always use two hands to support the print so it will not bend or crease.

- Promptly remove all tape from the packaging, even the smallest piece can damage your print if it accidentally sticks to it.

- DO NOT use your hands to wipe off any dust, this can scratch and scuff the surface, especially any solid black areas. Please refrain from touching any dark areas at all, even with a soft cloth. Any damage to darker areas will be permanent. If you need to dust off the image, use a clean soft paint brush, or can of air, to remove any particles.

- When attempting to flatten an Archival Pigment Print or Silkscreen, DO NOT place weights directly on top of the printed art. Place the print on a clean, dry, flat surface and apply weights or books to the corners of the print ON TOP of the protective Glassine sheet. *Note - Our Lithograph prints do not come with Glassine, as their surface is more durable because they have be coated. If you have concerns, please use a sheet of plain paper under your weights.

- When framing, use only archival / acid-free supplies and display out of direct sunlight. It is not recommended to frame with the print coming into direct contact with the glass. Please use a mat when framing to provide a separation between the two layers. UV plexiglass / UV glass is recommended.

- Please do not use the brown kraft paper we have shipped the print in for any long-term storage of your art print. We recommend storing your prints flat - in portfolios, archival storage boxes, flat files, polyethylene / polypropylene poster sleeves, or with an archival acid free backing board inside a poster sleeve. If you simply cannot store your prints flat, please remove the brown kraft paper and replace with any acid free paper or poly sleeve prior to storage in the tube. The transparent Glassine paper we use to protect the surface of the print is safe for long term storage as well, so be sure to keep it covering the printed side of the art.

- Do not roll prints any smaller than the tube they came shipped in. Doing so could cause rippling in the paper.


ART PRINT TERMINOLOGY

Archival Pigment Print or Archival Fine Art Print, is a type of inkjet print used in fine art reproductions, also sometimes referred to as a Giclée. Artwork reproduced as a fine art print typically mirrors the look of a physical piece of art. The purchase of an Archival Pigment Print does come at a higher price than a traditional offset lithograph print, however, no other reproduction process can match the quality of an Archival Pigment Print, nor come as close to reproducing the artist’s original work of art. We print on a variety of archival acid-free 100% cotton papers using Epson UltraChrome HDX inks. These inks can provide print permanence ratings of up to 200 years for color prints, and likely in excess of 400 years for black and white prints, producing collectible works of art capable of lasting many generations. It’s the ultimate way to preserve the legacy of an artist.

Silkscreen also called a Serigraph, is a printing technique where a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen in order to print each color. Several screens can be used to produce a multi-colored image or design. The inks used are mainly water based acrylic paint, on a variety of archival and acid free 100% cotton rag papers, or specialty colored and holographic papers. Silkscreen is best suited for images with flat colors and bold lines.

Lithograph is one of the most common ways of creating printed materials. A few of its common applications include: newspapers, magazines, brochures, stationery, and books. Compared to other printing methods, offset printing is best suited for economically producing large volumes of prints. We use this printing method for most of our large open edition print runs on acid free paper with a Satin coating.

Glassine is a smooth, glossy paper that is transparent milky white and partially allows what’s inside or behind the paper to show through. As a result of the manufacturing process, glassine is pH neutral and acid free, and it’s resistant to moisture, air, and grease. Because it is made from wood pulp, glassine is fully recyclable and biodegradable – making it a sustainable material choice for long term storage.