TRADITION STUDIOS

is dedicated to helping you maintain your fine art collection for generations of your family to have and enjoy. With that in mind we offer the following information.

CARING FOR YOUR ARTWORK

Investing in a piece of artwork, whether for pure visceral pleasure or future financial gain, requires a little thought and care. Below are a few tips to ensure lasting quality.

PAPER PRINTS

NEVER: Store unmatted prints directly on top of each other.
BETTER: Separate them with acid-free tissue or paper.
BEST: Keep in individual folios with acid-free paper on either side, or mat & use acid-free tissue only on top.
NEVER: Use non-archival matting materials when framing.
BETTER: Use quality acid-free or neutral PH matting. Other materials leach acids into the paper of your print, leaving a visible stain called acid burn.

ORIGINAL ART, CANVAS GICLEES & PAPER PRINTS

NEVER: Store or leave artwork flat on the floor.
BETTER: Elevate them to allow air to circulate around them.
BEST: Store on wooden shelves or in archival boxes. Store original art and giclees standing.
NEVER: Touch art with dirty hands.
NEVER: Touch or drag anything across the image area. A finger print or scratch on the surface will forever leave a mark on your paper print.
NEVER: Hang or store artwork in areas of high humidity.
ALWAYS: Maintain proper humidity level in the room (50%) to prevent mold.
NEVER: Hang artwork where the outside wall is wet, always check outer wall, as moisture will seep through.
NEVER: Hang above a radiator, heat register or fireplace. Always hang away from heat.
ALWAYS: Make sure rooms are dry & properly ventilated. Never hang or store in a damp basement or cellar.
NEVER: Place your art in direct sunlight or hang opposite a window!
NEVER: Hang prints in reflecting sunlight, under a fluorescent light, or even in a room with fluorescent lights.
BETTER: Cover fluorescent lights with a protective, economical, cylindrical sleeve, as the ultra-violet rays in reflecting or fluorescent lights are harmful to inks and paper.
BEST: Ultraviolet Plexiglass for paper prints for maximum filtering of ultra-violet rays, to provide longest print life expectancy.

CLEANING YOUR ORIGINAL ART & CANVAS GICLEES

Your original painting or canvas giclee has been protected by a thin layer of artist’s varnish.

Neither require being framed under glass.

Glass is not recommended.

When cleaning, use a soft cotton cloth or feather duster, gently wiping the surface.




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