Taking Care of Your Print

Illustration of a bee wearing a party hat. The bee is facing away as it hangs up its print of a smiling brain on the wall - by Lulibell Studio
   

W​e pride ourselves on producing high quality prints that are designed to last. We use professional printing techniques, archival papers and pigment inks which are resistant to fading. To find out more about our prints, click here. With the right care, your prints should last a lifetime!  

  • Your print is shipped on a backing board to keep it flat, and in a cellophane sleeve that protects it from dust, moisture and scratches. Keep it in this protective sleeve until it's framed to prevent damage.

  • Wash and thoroughly dry your hands before opening the cellophane. When handling the print, only touch the edges. Avoid touching the printed area as you could leave behind a fingerprint. Use two hands to hold the print so it doesn't bend or crease.

  • If you need to put the print down before framing, put it down printed side up. Don't put it down onto the printed side as you could scratch or scuff it.

  • It's tempting, but don't use your hands to wipe off any dust or blow on the print. This could damage the print by scratching it or introducing moisture. If necessary, compressed air is your best bet for removing any dust.

  • We use archival printing methods, also known as Giclée (zhee-klay) or fine art printing. This means that we use 210gsm high quality fine art papers and pigment inks which are resistant to fading. To maximise the longevity of your print, frame it under glass or acrylic to prevent fading caused by UV light and pollution.

  • Avoid hanging your print in direct or extremely bright indirect sunlight. Keep your prints indoors, and avoid temperature and humidity extremes. Try to keep your print away from solvents, often found in chemicals, paints, varnishes or oils.

  • It's best not to attach unframed prints to your wall as the chemicals in the paint could yellow your print. 

 

Greetings cards

Our greetings cards are printed using the same archival pigment inks, but are printed on slightly thicker, acid and lignin-free, 300gsm cardstock rather than fine art paper, but they should still have good staying power. If you'd like to keep your card on display for longer, it would probably be best to frame it to protect it from light, pollution, moisture and scratches.

 

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