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How to Care for and Display Your Giclée Fine Art Prints

Written by: East Side Studio



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So, your eagerly anticipated Giclée fine art prints have arrived, and you’re ready to breathe new life into your space. In this guide, we'll walk you through the entire process—unpacking, flattening, framing, displaying, and maintaining your Giclée fine art prints—to ensure they remain as stunning as the day you received them.

Receiving Your Giclée Fine Art Prints

Unpacking your print(s) should be done with the utmost care. Carefully unroll or unbox your print, avoiding any rough surfaces that might scratch or mar the artwork. Handling them with clean hands or wearing cotton gloves is essential to avoid transferring oils or dirt onto the print.

Flattening A Rolled Artwork

Before you get to framing, if your Giclée fine art print arrived rolled up, take additional steps to flatten it without causing damage. Lay the print face down on a clean, flat surface covered with tissue paper. Place another piece of tissue paper over the back of the print and gently weigh it down around the edges with books or other flat, heavy items. Leave it for at least 24 hours. Gradually, the print will become flat and ready for framing. Be cautious and patient to avoid creasing or bending the artwork.

Framing Your Artworks

Framing your giclée fine art prints can be an art in itself. Start by selecting a frame that complements the style and colours of the print. Opt for UV-protective glass or acrylic to shield your artwork from harmful ultraviolet rays, which can cause fading over time. Acid-free matting is another crucial element to prevent any chemical reactions that might degrade the print. While you might be tempted to hang them in direct sunlight to highlight their vivid colours, it's best to avoid this to prevent fading over time. Instead, choose a location away from harsh light and moisture. Giclée fine art prints thrive in stable environments, so aim to keep them in rooms with minimal temperature fluctuations. At East Side Studio London, we offer framing options for the vast majority of our collection. We always suggest buying your artwork framed, as it removes the potential hassle of finding a suitable frame later down the line.

Maintaining Your Giclée Fine Art Prints

Maintaining the vibrancy of your Giclée fine art prints doesn’t have to be hard. A little regular care can keep your artwork looking as fresh as the day you received it. Dust your prints gently using a soft, dry cloth or a feather duster—avoid using any chemicals or water, as they may damage the delicate surface. Check the placement occasionally and ensure the mount and frame remain secure and in good condition. If you notice any fading or wear, it might be time to relocate your artwork to a more sheltered spot. With these simple steps, your prints will continue to impress for years to come.

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