FRAMING AND CARE OF YOUR PRINTS
At The Design Atelier we produce our prints with quality products and with longevity in mind.
Our prints are archival quality and are designed and made in Australia. We use heavy weight 100% cotton rag paper which is free of acid, chlorine and brighteners so there is no yellowing over time. When it comes to framing, we use custom Australian made frames using Australian timbers. We also ensure that your print is mounted so that it doesn’t make contact with the glazing, which could cause the front of the print to stick and peel. As final touch we seal the back of our frames to help reduce moisture entering the frame.
Care of your Prints
Please be aware that the front of your print is delicate and should be handled with care. To keep your print in good condition it should be framed behind glass/acrylic and a mat board and hung away from direct sunlight and damp areas.
Flattening your print
If you plan on having your print professionally framed, it is best to leave it rolled up its original shipping tube. Your framer will flatten the print accordingly.
If you are framing your print yourself, carefully remove the print from the shipping tube, unroll it and leave it on a flat clean surface overnight before framing (see diagram below). This will help print flatten without any forced distress. As a last resort, you may need to put a weight across the entire print. Make sure the weight (eg a board) is clean, flat and evenly dispersed to ensure no dents are made to the surface.
Be aware that the longer you store your print in the tube the more difficult it will be to flatten it.
Don’t try to flatten a rolled print quickly by rubbing it against a sharp edge or rolling it forcefully in the opposite direction.
We do our best to provide you with great work, but we cannot be responsible for damage due to improper handling or display.
Ready to hang framed prints
Our framed prints are very popular simply because everything is done for you – just unwrap and hang. We use custom Australian made frames using Australian timbers in two colours, black and Tasmanian Oak. We also mount your print using a minimal mat board for a contemporary look while protecting your print.
Care of your frames
Hang framed prints away from direct sunlight and damp areas. Remove dust by using a soft feather duster or by gently wiping with a soft damp cloth.
DIY Frames for Prints
If you’d prefer to do your own framing, here are some suggestions on where to look for ready to hang frames.
We have kept the sizes of our prints standard so it should be easy to find frames and mat boards. The best way to frame a print is behind a mat board. This creates a space between the print and the glass and also gives the image a nice border. Many frames come with a mat board but if not you can get them cut.
A4, A3, A2 and A1 frames are a standard size and can be found in department stores (eg Harvey Norman, BigW) or on the shelf in most local frame shops. If you have the frame custom made it will be cost more than purchasing ready made ones.