Reader Comments

  1. I’m really enjoying these art pieces that you have Treehouse Brand Stores making. Are there any proper procedures for handling these kinds of prints for things like framing/hanging/etc? I haven’t had much luck searching on the internet.

  2. Treehouse has provided some answers to your questions:

    Improper handling of art prints can result in either scratches or fine creases, called thumbnails, which will greatly diminish the attractiveness and value of the print.

    Always have clean hands when handling works of art on paper or canvas because natural body oils or dirt can cause visible damage.

    Always use two hands when carrying an art print that is not enclosed in its packaging.

    Never touch or drag anything across the image area.

    Any combination of heat, steam, or smoke can gradually cause visible damage to art.

    Never hang or store artwork next to a radiator, heat register, or continually used fireplace

    Humidity produces mold spores – a major cause in the deterioration of any paper. Mold spores grow in excess of 70% relative humidity. High humidity also causes prints to wave or warp. A permanent level of humidity lower than 40% can dry out paper and make it brittle.

    Never hang or store valuable artwork in damp areas with poor circulation (e.g. non-vented bathrooms)

    All light fades artwork with time. The less amount of direct light, the less fading will occur. Even fluorescent light creates ultraviolet rays that can be as damaging as the sun’s rays. The optimum amount of light for illuminating artwork is 5-foot candles, roughly the equivalent of a 150-watt bulb from four to five feet away.

    Never hang originals or prints in a place that receives direct sunshine or intense light from a fluorescent bulb.

    Choosing conservation, or UV shielding, glass is very helpful
    in protecting framed art from the damaging effects of ultraviolet light, but even then, it is still recommended to not hang artwork in direct sunlight.

    • Thank you for your response!

      I also got in contact with Treehouse about this, and the answer was similar though they additionally suggested visiting a Hobby Lobby or Micheals store. It just seems that specific information related to giclees is hard to come by as I was unsure if they were to be handled in the same manner as a lithograph. I was told that they are shipped in the same manner though.

      I also finally figured out why that Skyrim giclee looked familiar; it’s the same as the one in the art book included with the collector’s edition of Skyrim.