How to Care for Your New Art

Purchasing original art can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. Understanding the nature of the work you’ve purchased will go a long way in protecting your investment and ensuring it will be enjoyed for years to come. Here are some tips for caring for your new art.

  • Watercolors are delicate by their very nature, but if properly cared for they will retain their vibrancy and depth of color for generations to come. 
  • Fine art prints are a great economical alternative to purchasing original art. With the advances in printer technology and the quality of pigmented inks, a fine art print can stunningly reproduce the vibrancy and clarity of the original work. 
  • It is best to take your new art directly to a professional framer.
  •  It is imperative that ONLY acid-free and archival materials are used to frame your watercolor or print. It is also a good idea to have it framed using UV protective glass or plexi-glass.
  • Obviously, you will want to open the packaging and admire at your art once it arrives, but it’s best to leave it in its protective sleeve until it’s framed.
  • The cardboard tube or ridged mailer your art was shipped in isn’t suitable for long-term storage as it is not acid-free or archival. The protective sleeve or any material in direct contact with your art is archival. 
  • Please avoid touching the surface of your watercolor or print and NEVER fold, roll (if it was shipped rolled never attempt to roll it in the opposing direction), or bend the paper. Creases, smudges, and tears in paper, even expensive cotton paper, are there for life.
  • Once your art is framed and ready to hang, observe the light in the room where you want to display it. While lighting is critical to enjoying your new piece, you also want to avoid hanging it on a wall that, at any time of the day, receives full, direct sunlight. Direct sun exposure can potential fade the pigments of your painting over time. 
  • Never use a spray cleaner on your framed art. A dry dust cloth is best for removing dust from the surface of your frame.
  • Lastly, avoid hanging framed watercolors or prints over heating vents, fireplaces, in damp or moist environments (such as a bathroom or kitchen) or next to exterior doors.