Sunday, September 4, 2011

My Fine Art Print Process (Day 246)

Not too long ago I decided that I would change the way I offered my fine art prints. Offering prints on their own seemed so fragile and incomplete. So the decision to offer only matted or framed fine art prints came easily. This ensures that all of my clients get a completely 100% archival piece. I offer black or mahogany wood frames as well as a very modern black metal frame. If you do not wish to invest in a custom frame all of my mats are cut to standard sizes, so finding a frame should not be a problem.

The first step is getting the actual print. My prints are all color corrected for consistency and printed on Kodak ENDURA Professional paper. Prints are created with printers that expose light sensitive paper that is then run through a chemical process. I go the extra step and get a lustre protective coating applied to all of my prints. These prints are UV protected and fade resistant.

Step 2 consists of writing the title on the piece and then signing it. I sign on the white border outside of the actual print. The matting which I also sign will then cover this area. The reason I do this is in case a client ever decides to change the matting, the signature will still be on the actual print. I use an acid free archival marker for all my signatures.

Step 3 consists of mounting the print to the backing board. Once again, I use 100% acid free and archival materials. If the piece is going straight into a custom frame, I use white foam core and if it is to be sold unframed I use white backing board. The white backing board is a better fit for most standard frames. For the smaller prints I use archival photo corners and for larger prints I use an acid free tape to create a double T-hinge on the top of the print, this allows the piece to "breathe" and prevents warping.

The fourth step is simply using acid free hinging tape to attach the top of the backing board to the top of the matting.

Step 5, I fold the mat over the mounted piece of art. I use double mats for all my work. All mats are acid free with consistent color and are fade and bleed resistant. I personally sign the bottom of each mat with a 2H drafting pencil.

And now the piece is ready to be framed!

If the piece is not going to be custom framed, it is sealed in an archival quality crystal clear bag.

To celebrate the beginning of my new quality presentation I will be offering a limited time special offer for the next 10 days. Save 20% on all matted fine art photograph's until September 15th.

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