12 minutes | Jun 12, 2017

Caring For Your New Artwork

Join the Facebook Community: http://sophialemon.com/facebook Follow my shenanigans on Instagram: http://instagram.com/ridiculouslyhappyppl Thanks to Benjamin Edward for my super cool caricature and Bensound for my awesome beats. To see the photos that go along with this episode and to contact me directly go to sophialemon.com/5. Here's your tips for keeping your family and wedding artwork looking fantastic for decades! Store your canvases front to front and back to back. The staples and wires on the back can rip the image side of your artwork. Be careful! The fabric your photograph is printed on is delicate, and if you put enough pressure on the image your finger can slip right through and leave a hole in your loved ones’ faces. Not a good look… Don’t get them wet! The inks from your photo will peel right off the canvas! (Trust me, I’ve seen it happen.) If you absolutely have to clean your canvas use a soft cloth, and if you MUST use water be sure the cloth is just damp (nearly dry). Do not under any circumstances use any store-bought cleaning solutions, lemon, or vinegar. Never touch your prints with your fingers. Have you ever seen the finger prints you leave behind on a glossy print? The oils your fingers leave behind cannot be cleaned off and will damage your print. Pick up prints by the edges, wear gloves when handling them, and if you must clear off dust use a dry, soft cloth. Store your prints flat and in a solid box to protect them from curling and folding. Large format photographic printers print on rolls of paper, and given the chance your prints will curl again. This is one reason why I recommend that you mount your photographs for framing. And of course, never fold your prints! Where possible, keep your photos out of direct sunlight, even when displaying them on the wall. This will protect them from turning that vintage yellow colour you see in your grandparents’ wedding album. Avoid manually changing the photos in your frames too often. I’m an advocate for updating the artwork on your walls, but if you intend to regularly change the images in a frame be sure you have chosen a high quality frame, that your photographs are professionally mounted, and you should probably take them to a framer to be changed. Fiddling too much with your frames can loosen the backing and allow for your photos to curl and warp. Store your albums and books in a cool, dry place. Keeping them in their box will go a long way to keeping them clean and dust free. Do not stack your albums under other heavy objects as that can cause even hard covers and thick pages to bend. Photographically printed, flush mount albums feature images printed on photographic papers that are then glued to one-another to create full-width spreads you can flip through like any other book. These papers are delicate and susceptible to splitting and tearing if they are not appropriately cared for. Avoid touching your album pages directly with your fingers. The oils from your fingers will transfer to the page and will damage them (just like a loose print). Turn the pages by the edge of each page. You should enjoy your album regularly. The only caveat to this is that albums are delicate and the more use they get the closer they get to ripping along the spine. Sh*t happens! Be careful flipping through the pages, don’t fling the book open too hastily, and don’t slam it shut or throw it on your coffee table (or at another human being for any reason). You should also chat with your photographer about her replacement policy. Some (not all) will replace damaged albums within a reasonable amount of time. Be sure to thoroughly inspect your album closely on delivery as well. Before you order your prints, you should speak with your photographer about lamination and gallery glass which will go a long way to help protect your images from fading and discolouring. Otherwise, enjoy your new artwork! You’re now pretty well equipped to keep it looking fabulous for years.
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