Giclees, especially the larger sizes are made from rolls of paper. We ship them enclosed in a glossy bag, wrapped in tissue and rolled inside a 4" heavy duty tube. The giclee should be removed from the tube and left it in a flat place to relax before framing.
A strip of thin plastic might cover the adhesive on the glossy bag. If the strip has been removed do not allow the image to touch the adhesive, as it can cause damage.
Canvas can also be used to make giclees, As with oils on canvas, these are stretched and framed. No glass, mats or backing paper is used. They can also be stretched in a gallery wrap for a modern look. Heavier bars are needed to prevent warping as no outer frame is used.
Mats should not be ordered until your artwork has arrived, as sizes are approximate.
Mats hold artwork away from the glass and enhance it's appearance. Some artist sign their work within the image, others outside. If it is outside, the mat opening is usually cut big enough to leave a border around the image so the signature shows.
We recommend that acid free mats and mounting board are used. Regular mats will turn yellow over time and discolor the artwork.
Dry mounting is not necessary for giclees as the paper is heavy and will hang well without being glued down.
We use a mat board to back the 8' x 10" matted pieces because it fits the glossy bag and some photo frames. It can also be replaced with foam board when framing.
Regular glass is used on all artwork sold at shows.
Reflection control is a personal preference. Reflection tends to be an issue where lights are at the same level as the artwork such as in a dining room. The glass is coated to eliminate the reflection but it also dulls the image, especially when several mats are used, so not recommended on artwork with more than two mats
Acrylic glazing is used on some items being shipped. It is more shatter resistant, lighter and has a natural UV protection.
Most pictures need just a light dusting but glass can be cleaned with windex (spray on cloth to avoid running down frame onto mats).
Acrylic can be cleaned with a damp cloth,or a plastic cleaner.
Artwork is preserved best in a climate controlled place. If your home is closed up for several weeks, take heavy artwork off the walls, especially where humidity is high. The damp can loosen the hanger in drywall allowing the art to fall.
Frame choice tends to be personal. A smaller plain frame gives a more modern look. A larger ornate frame can be more traditional. It is a good idea to choose a frame that compliments the artwork, especially for a piece that will be the focal point in the room.
When you have several pieces of artwork in the same room, they don't need to match, but frames of similar color and moulding size look better.