November 13, 2013
Suppose you have already turned a simple photograph into a magnificent canvas print, how do you want it then to be hanged on your wall or be cared of by someone at home? It is but a crucial matter that you should not take for granted as the effort and expense in taking great pictures and paying the printing company would end up futile if the end result does not last longer as expected. You should necessarily think about what to do in order for the image not to get distorted or the frame to get damaged or broken due to careless handling. Doing this yourself is better but only if you are already aware of these guides for a very gentle and safe delivery or carriage of your unique masterpiece:
What to Do when Handling and Cleaning?
The canvas print is a fine art and as such, it should be handled and cleaned with great care. In particular, you have to (1) avoid touching the printed image even though there is an acrylic coating, and (2) handle the prints with the border/s only. As to the cleaning, using a dry feather duster or clean compressed air is best especially when the print gets dusty; do not ever try using any solvent or water to clean the print for that would result to what you never wish to see.
How about when Displaying Prints?
Due to the sensitivity of the coat or other light materials and chemicals used, you should never place the prints where there is direct sunlight; doing so would consequently lead to destruction of such artwork. Likewise, you have to avoid using fluorescent lights for these give off large quantity of UV light, but you can do so as long a there are shields or plastic tubes blocking the ultraviolet rays. Similar thing should be done if you are thinking of utilizing color corrected lights which are now prevalent in many hardware stores; yet, it is also crucial not to display the prints where they would likely get wet.
Proper Ways in Stretching Prints
Stretching is necessary when the prints you have bought are not stretched; but if you do not know how to do this properly, you have to bring it to a reliable framer. But in case the latter is only good in stretching canvases for painting and not for prints, then the safe recourse is following these tips: (1) avoid creasing the canvas, (2) do not over-stretch the prints for the drum tight may get damaged, (3) do not spray water on the print as that could also lead to damage, and (4) avoid using stretcher bars with sharp edge for this could result to distortion on print and coating; utilize instead the one with slightly rounded edge.
Other Essential Points
Keep in mind that the image on the print ought to overlap into the border so as there will be no white border on canvas when it is already mounted. And when you mount it, you have to tack down the center of the shortest edge, and then ensure that the photo is slightly atop the edge of the stretcher bar and it is placed on the center with balance width and height. Next is stretching the other edge over its opposite to make sure that the canvas is smooth; after which, you need to work out from center, all sides of the frame, and then to the stretching corners. Do this for the other sides, but be careful when using pliers as they can damage the canvas.
Are all those guides embody what you have done or intend to do for proper handling and cleaning of your canvas prints? If not, it is still not late to ensure that you can do something for your masterpiece to last longer.