Checklist on Caring for Your Art

Selecting Art Materials
The materials you select and the type of support you use can have long-term consequences:

Select archival quality materials
Check manufacturers’ labels for product identification
Learn about the compatibility of materials you combine
Make sure that cellulose products are acid-free

The Studio Environment
Ways to reduce harm caused by the environment:

Determine how best to weatherproof your studio
Keep your studio well-ventilated
Establish controls to regulate temperature and humidity levels
Reduce light levels whenever possible
Control direct daylight with blinds, shutters, or U-V treated acrylic film
Minimize air impurities with filters and air conditioning
Keep the studio clean and free of clutter

Environmental Controls
Tools to help keep your art safe from harm while in storage:

Hygrothermograph (measures relative humidity) or humidity cards
Humidifier and dehumidifier
Air conditioning unit or ceiling fan
Light fading strips
Fluorescent light sleeves
Blinds, shutters, or ultraviolet-treated acrylic film
Air vent filters
Insect-repellent strips

Archival mats & mountboards, along with picture frames and other framing accessories can be purchased at: Frame Destination, Inc.


About the author


Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

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