What is an Archival Quality Print?

Colleen Gray Archival Prints Blog Post #AFAPColleen

The Art For Aid Project only sells archival quality prints, but why?
The term “archival print” is the term used to describe fine art reproductions of museum quality. Using the finest quality papers and inks designed to resist colour fading, paintings are reproduced using a fine art printer with exceptionally high resolution. The end result of this process means that the artwork is 200 years light-fast (will not fade when properly displayed out of the direct impact of the sun). The paper used should be pH neutral, and the ink is pigment ink.

What is pigment ink and why does it make a difference in the print quality?
Pigment ink stays firmly on the paper and is not easily removed by water or friction. Pigment inks usually contain additive agents that ensure the ink’s adhesion to the paper. Typically, pigmented inks contain larger particles than other inks; these particles are absorbed by the paper surface and are difficult to remove after printing. While water tends to smear simple dye inks, pigment inks, once dry, usually run very little, even when immersed in water.

Why is there a white border around the image?

We recognize that framing is a very important aspect of having fine art, but professional framing can be a very costly venture. We print our artwork to accommodate a standard commercially available frame. The white space border acts as a mat to enhance the image and give it that “pop” factor without having to spend large amounts of money to do so. The ease of simply dropping art into a commercial frame means you can enjoy your new art professionally and affordably with no fuss. We utilize a local professional printing service and can offer any size print. Connect with us for more information about this service.

Is that signature real? 

Each print that leaves our warehouse is signed by Colleen in her own handwriting. The authenticity of an actual inked signature brings a greater value to your print, further enhancing the value if an artist becomes collectible.

How is it packaged?

Each print is foam backed and encased in a sealed protective sleeve. The accompanying story and artist’s biography is tacked onto the back of the foam for easy removal. Packed this way in acid free casing will ensure your art can be stored and kept safe until you’re ready to hang it or gift it.

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