Do's

  1. Open carefully and with love, take your artwork out through the opposite side of the goodies compartment to avoid friction and scratches.
  2. In the goodies compartment, we’ve provided you with a nice pair of gloves, use them to manipulate your artwork.
  3. Your artwork comes wrapped in acid-free transparent foil for protection during transport. You can take it off.
  4. If you don’t intend to immediately frame your artwork after receiving it, please make sure it is properly stored in a folder with protective covering.
  5. Once it is out, keep your artwork in a clean, dry, flat surface.
  6. When framing, if you decide to place a mat around your artwork, be certain that your framer is using acid-free and conservation approved mat board. Similarly, an acid-free foam core should be used directly behind your print inside the frame.
  7. Hinging or archival photo corners are recommended for original artworks, delicate photographs, and other irreplaceable items. This method, also known as museum mounting, attaches the art with paper hinges to the acid-free board. This way the art hangs freely, allowing it to expand or contract with changes in humidity.
  8. Either plexiglass or traditional glass may be used to mount your print. For either of these always be sure to consider a UV coating. This is usually a nominal upgrade that will greatly extend the life of the inks and paper of your art.
  9. The print *needs* to breathe. Direct contact with the glass can be damaging to the print over time. Be sure to leave that little bit of breathing room between the paper and the glass!
  10. Admire your piece every day, give it some love and pat your self on the back for such a good decision! 😉

Don'ts

  1. Don’t use any sharp devices to open your artwork, you could damage the piece irreversibly.
  2. Don’t pull the artwork from the goodies compartment side, it could get scratched.
  3. Don’t touch your artwork with your bare hands, sometimes your hands may look clean but still have residues of body grease on them and this will leave marks on your paper and colours.
  4. Don’t keep your artwork too long inside the tube, your print will keep the memory of it and it will be difficult to flatten. Don’t use any rubber bands, tape or paperclips to roll your print as this can seriously damage it. Improper storage has ruined some great artworks – don’t let yours be one of them!
  5. When mounting your piece do not use any material that is not archival grade. Using scotch tape, painter’s tape, clear tape, packing tape, glue, and many other materials are creative but destructive methods that can damage your artwork.
  6. Here are some commonly used items that are BAD ideas: Paper mats (rather than alpha cellulose or cotton mats) Cardboard backings, cheap glass and acrylic (non UV filtering) Regular foamcore (rather than acid free).
  7. Never, ever, dry-mount your artwork. Although your print may lay flatter in the frame using this technique, it will permanently impact resale and insurance value. This differs from the completely reversible and archival certified linen-backing process.
  8. An artwork should never be in front nor near of a heat source. This includes your heater, stove, strong spot lights and even sunlight.
  9. Do not panic if you have done any of the above as they are generally reversible. If you are panicking or have any doubts you can write us an e-mail at contact@artcapsules.art