How to care for your Fine Art Canvas print
- The cotton canvas material used for the creation of the print is a natural product, and as such, may exhibit imperfections such as lumps and bumps on its surface due to variations in the cotton threads that compose it. This is a characteristic of cotton canvas. Furthermore, any imperfections present on the print are reflective of the nature of the original painting and should be considered a feature of the piece.
Upon receipt of the print, it is recommended to unroll it from its packaging using two hands to support it to prevent bending, as a crease in the print is permanent. Alternatively, it is recommended to take the print directly to a framer while still in its packaging to avoid handling it oneself.
If the print was created on stretched canvas, it is important to note that it is constructed by stretching cotton canvas over wooden stretcher bars. If hung properly and with minimal handling, the canvas should remain taut and maintain its shape. In the event that the wooden bars become warped or the canvas becomes loose, it is recommended to take the piece to a framing store specializing in the restoration of paintings and re-stretching canvases for proper repair.
The cardboard tube in which the print is packaged is not suitable for long-term storage as it is not acid-free and archival. The print should be kept covered until stretched and framed to prevent damage and should be protected from water, hard objects, adhesives, and dust. Additionally, it is recommended to avoid displaying the print in areas with high concentrations of UV light or heat and to use appropriate coloured art lighting for optimal results.
- In terms of maintenance, canvas prints can be dusted with a light feather duster. Solvents and other cleaning agents should never be used. In the event of a mark or stain, expert advice from a fine art print framer should be sought.
Taking Your Fine Art Canvas Print to the Framer
When creating your canvas print, we take great care to include a substantial white border of 1 inch on each side of the image. This process, known as "gallery wrapping," involves wrapping the canvas around the edges and back of the frame, and securing it with staples that are placed out of sight on the back. This eliminates the need for additional framing.
The quality of the wood used to stretch the canvas is also of utmost importance, as it impacts the overall appearance and longevity of the print. A reputable framer should be able to provide you with information about the type of wood they will use.
When hanging the canvas, it is important to adhere to proper techniques in securing the canvas to the frame. Double or single stapling on the back of the canvas is considered to be the best practice. Additionally, the framer should attach heavy-duty D-rings and gallery wire for hanging the canvas.