Congrats! You purchased a beautiful print – maybe it’s for your new home, to celebrate a milestone, or because you fell in love with the image and had to have it (I know the feeling!). Life is good and you can’t wait to have it on your wall.
I would recommend you bring the print, still in its unopened tube, straight to a framer when you get it. This will ensure it is properly manipulated right from the start.
Taking into account human nature, the most realistic thing that will happen is that you will open the tube and unroll your print yourself – no judgment here, everyone loves opening presents! If you do, please be mindful when manipulating the print and wear soft cotton gloves. You might feel silly doing so but gloves are a must to avoid leaving marks, scratches or fingerprints.
Bring it to a framer as soon as you can. Don’t keep your print rolled up in its tube for too long as it can damage it over time. Besides, art should be seen and enjoyed!
One of my pet peeves is seeing reflection or glare when looking at art. Here I am, trying to enjoy something beautiful only to have it ruined by the glare from a nearby light, or my own reflection looking back at me. It seriously drives me bonkers!
Museum glass (or museum plexiglass) offers the ultimate protection against UV while having no reflection or glare (I don’t know how they do that, it’s magic!). It’s more expensive than regular glass/plexiglass but infinitely better (at least, for people who share my pet peeve).
PRO TIP #1: Placement is important in protecting your print in the long run. You should avoid placing it in direct sunlight (think, facing a window), heat (above a radiator or working fireplace), or humidity (in a bathroom or on a covered patio).
PRO TIP #2: Finally, dust it when needed. Simply use a soft cloth and computer screen cleaner to wipe the front of the frame and glass and enjoy your art for years to come.
There you have it! Tag us on social so we can see how your print looks in your home. Cheers!
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