Frame

The frame for the fine art prints is a contemporary shadow box creating a frame depth of 44mm. There is a spacer between the glass and the picture to create an offset. The mount board is cotton white. The colour of the frames is limed white.

This is the standard frame supplied.

 

Quality

Artist pigments

Watercolour paint is made of two ingredients pigment and a glue. The glue is what binds the pigments to the paper. The cool thing about using gum arabic as a binder is that you can thin watercolour paint with water to create translucent, transparent washes without compromising its ability to adhere to the paper. Although this allows you to create interesting effects, the fluidity of watercolour paint sometimes makes it a challenge to work with… but most watercolourists consider this part of the fun!

 Paper used

Beautiful textured cotton, 140lbs which is heavy weighted paper. This paper needs to be heavy to take the 30+ washes I use for building up depth and colour.

 

Giclée print

Each of the paintings are scanned and then printed onto cotton paper using archival inks. The print then is checked that the full colour and texture is in line with fine art techniques. All my prints carry the wax seal of high quality mark.

 

Tips for framing

How should I frame the art?

Go to a framer that is guilded. If you go to a framer that has a framer’s certificate they must constantly train up so that their certificate is up to date. This means that they are up to date on latest materials and quality that add to your investment in that art that you have purchased.

What colour matches the art?

Pick out colours that you like rather than what might be in your house. If you are anything like me I keep moving the art around the house, so that it is the art that is important and not the room (of course I would say that!)

Acid free, what it means?

All my fine art work is completed on cotton paper and I use acid free paper and acid free mount boards. The reason for this is that over time non-archival (non-acid free) will damage your art. You will see a brown staining occurring around the edge of the art and damaging it.

Glass or not to Glass?

I do recommend glass for the fine art as it keeps the dust off! If you get a good framer, they will not let the art touch the glass. For an original oil painting glass is not required as the drying process is different than to watercolour.

Locating the art?

Even though I use artist grade paint it is advisable to keep your art out of direct sunlight, away from radiator and stove.