Care of Your Fine Art Giclees

Mark Lawrence Gallery takes great pride in producing fine art for our collectors. These care instructions are designed to provide basic guidelines that will help you to care for your fine art giclees. Your purchase is an investment that we want your family to enjoy for generations. Please read the following guidelines carefully.

Fine Art Conservation and Care


FLATTENING A CURLED PAPER ART PRINT

Follow these tips to easily uncurl your paper prints that have been shipped rolled in a tube. If you intend to have your print professionally framed, you don’t need to do anything. Delivering your “to-be-framed” print to the framer in its original shipping tube is the safest way to go.

If the flattening instructions below seem too daunting, the professional services of a framer would also be best employed to flatten your print.

Some things not to do:

The flattening method:

Keep the print inside the protective tissue sleeve. Gently de-curl the print by rolling it in the opposite direction to which it is curled and placing it back inside the tube for 1-5 hours.

Flattening Steps:

  1. Prepare a flat, smooth, hard surface for working. Clean it of any grit and particles that might bruise or stain your print.
  2. Clean your hands. Skin oils are not good for a print. Only handle the print by its edges and never touch the printed image area.

For the next step, be careful when rolling or unrolling the print so you don’t accidentally tear, bend, or crease it during the process. 

  1. De-curl Rolling: Starting at the edge closest to you, roll the print (keep in the tissue sleeve) in the opposite direction to the print curl. Don’t roll things too tightly or you can bruise the print.
  2. Slide the rolled tissue paper/print combination back fully into the shipping tube.
  3. Let it sit that way for a time. The exact amount of time required can range from between one and five hours. Humidity and temperature has a great bearing on the time needed.
  4. Remove the print from the tube and unroll it. Lay it out, image side up, on a flat surface.
  5. With the tissue paper still covering the print’s image, place a few, smooth, flat, heavy objects (such as books) on the ends and middle of the print. Let it sit for a couple more hours.
  6. Remove the heavy objects from the print.
  7. If your print still isn’t flat, let it sit with heavy objects holding it down for a few more hours.

This extra care given will allow you to enjoy your purchase for many years to come.