Care of a screen print is fairly straight forward and mostly common sense.

The following advice will ensure that your screen print will have a long and happy live.

Light

It is vital that artwork is not hung in direct sunlight or near windows. This may cause the fading of certain pigments or bleaching of artwork. This can also affect the surface and many paintings have varnished finishes and this will affect the yellowing of a piece. Also when lighting an artwork it should be at a distance of 40cm away and preferably not directly onto the work. This may cause hot spots on the work resulting in burns or tears. More importantly, this can cause glare, which will distract the viewer from seeing the art. A piece of work is best in non direct lighting such as indirect sunlight or ceiling mounted lights.

Temperature / Humidity

Humidity can cause mould and foxing, but an overly dry room can cause the artwork to dry out. Either way, fluctuating temperatures can affect the canvas on a stretcher, becoming slack or too tight, which in turn affects the medium on the canvas. Please ensure that prints are not exposed to damp such as in a bathroom, kitchen or near any air conditioning. Generally, artwork is best kept in similar temperature environments as for human comfort.

Heat

If an artwork is placed too near a radiator or fireplace, it can be at risk of heat damage. This can cause the paints and varnishes to age more quickly causing cracks, flaking and tears. In addition, heat can also cause photographs to buckle at the edges and bubble in the middle. In winter, as rooms can become over-heated please place a bowl of water near the radiator to prevent the air getting too dry.

Pollution

Although the artwork is in the home, it is susceptible to pollution. Please watch out for the following:

  • Dust – This is constant. Textile artworks are best vacuumed very gently to remove dust. Glass covering surfaces should be cleaned by spraying window detergent on a cloth, which is used to wipe gently whilst avoiding edges of frames made of wood. Use a separate cloth to dust wooden frames. Artwork without a glass cover should not be cleaned with a cloth or feather dusters as they can catch on surfaces. Please use sable or badger-hair brushes.
  • Smoke – Generally any smoke can yellow a piece of artwork and more importantly can hold the smell of smoke. Open fire The smoke and heat will affect artwork. We suggest avoiding exposing artwork to open fires unless it is mounted at least 90cm above the fireplace.

Handling The Artwork

It is best to handle artwork with gloves or clean hands.

Mounting The Artwork

If you are mounting your artwork under glass, it should be mounted in such a way that the surface of the artwork does not come in contact with the glass to avoid sticking and to discourage fungus. If you decide to use plastic in place of glass be aware that many plastics are acidic and only use acid free plastics recommended by your framer.

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