If you need to handle your print, use both hands and hold it by opposite corners (very gently) to avoid creasing. Do not touch the printed area at all, and try to touch the paper as little as possible.
Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your prints - this is to avoid any dirt, oils and lotions that might be on your hands as the paper can be extremely receptive to oil and moisture, which will leave marks on the print.
For extra peace of mind, wear a pair of clean, white cotton gloves when handling your prints.
Take your time when removing a print from a postal tube or frame as it is extremely easy to crease, dent and tear the paper while trying to uncurl it. Also, make sure to keep food and drink away from the print while it is out in the open.
If your print is not on display or being viewed, consider storing it flat in a way that will protect it from creases, bumped edges and scratches (flat file, archival box or rigid folder). Always package your print in acid-free archival materials - especially if storing for the long term.
Try not to keep the paper rolled for long periods and never fold the paper as the creases are difficult and sometimes impossible to correct.
The work should be protected from light, dirt, humidity and high temperatures while being stored.
- Long-term storage artworks and prints should be packaged in archival materials only.
- Stored prints should not be in direct contact with each other
- Avoid storing in attics, basements, and other locations with high risk of environmental extremes or leaks.
Finished prints should be interleaved and stored carefully to prevent scratching. Fine art ink and print surfaces are delicate, and the prints must always be handled with care.