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Printing Your Artwork the Archival Way

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by The Staff on June 30, 2016

Printing Your Artwork the Archival Way

When ordering reproductions of your art, it's important to know about the material you are having your artwork printed on. When ordering a paper print it is best to choose paper that has been treated and is acid-free. When having a print on canvas produced, be sure to choose a canvas that has had the surface coated to protect the art from the underlying acids in the cotton canvas material. Why? Over time artwork that is not printed on acid-free materials will yellow; even if framed using archival materials. In order to ensure the longevity of your art print, it must be printed on archival material and framed using archival mat board and backers (with some exceptions). 

The printing method used to help reproduced artwork keep its original appearance for many years is often referred to as Giclée printing. Giclée is a French word meaning "a spray or spurt of liquid". For the purposes of the world of artwork reproduction, we use the term to mean the process of printing on acid-free paper or canvas with a high-quality inkjet printer that uses long-lasting (light-fast) inks and can print in extreme detail. Therefore, with Giclée printing, the results yield a) vivid, close-to-original colors 2) crisp, clear reproduced details and c) long-lasting quality.

If you are looking for a great Bucks County resource to have Giclée prints of your artwork made, we recommend our friends Sara and Elizabeth at Encore Editions in Ottsville, PA. There, you can choose to have your artwork reproduced, using Giclee printing methods, on paper, canvas, or clear acrylic panels. You can even have your art printed on note cards! Get started at, where you can upload your artwork, select the material to be printed on and even choose to have it matted and framed.

(If you are in search of a photographer who can supply you with high-resolution, digital reproductions of your artwork that you can use for printing, be sure to check out pixelMIGHT; located in Doylestown and in the same building as Phoenix Art Supplies & Framing. The photos they take are perfect for printing or using on your website.)

And, of course, if you are looking for an extensive selection of framing options, make sure to bring your artwork reproduction to Phoenix Art Supply and Framing and choose from over 2200 picture frames and 100s of mat board options. Our framing manager, Jenny, will personally help you find the perfect look for the archival print you just purchased from Encore Editions and complete the project using archival framing material... ensuring your investment looks fabulous and lasts for years to come!

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