Care Of Artwork


Many, perhaps most people consider the purchase and hanging of art work to be the end of the line.

However, it is important to know how to care for artwork to insure both its continuing pleasure and protection of your investment in artwork. This page is designed to give you some suggestions on the care of your artwork.

1. You should purchase artwork because you like it. You should purchase what you want to hang in your home, office or other location. If artwork increases in value, that is great, but first purchase it because you like it. The worst thing you can do is purchase artwork for an investment, which you wouldn't want hanging in your home or office, and have it never appreciate nor you appreciate it.

2. Keep all artwork out of sunlight or other bright lights. There is no such thing as pigments which will not fade. In fine museums you often see artwork with only dim picture lights and/or no direct light on the artwork. This is to prevent the artwork from fading more than minimally over time. Hang artwork away from windows and use low wattage picture lights to illuminate the work.

3. Clean with caution. Artwork under glass allows the glass to be cleaned with soap and water (with care not to allow any to get in behind the glass). Artwork without glass, such as oil paintings may be carefully cleaned with only soap and water, but do it infrequently and only minimally. Unframed things like pen & ink and water colors may be able to be dusted carefully with a delicate feather duster, but no chemicals or water.

4. Protect all Artwork from sharp objects and from being down where pets and children may harm the Artwork accidentally.

5. Make a list on your computer or a storage record of all Artwork you own, giving such details as {a} description, including media, size and how framed; {b} give purchase details, such as where, when, from whom, how much you paid, etc.; {c} where stored and other details; {d} any appraised value and when and by whom the work was appraised.

6. In hanging Artwork, use two secure fasteners. One hanger will allow a wire to slip back and forth, so that passing traffic, opening and shutting doors and windows etc. may cause the Artwork to gradually shift so it does not hang straight. With two hangers, you are more likely to have your Artwork remain stable. Use regular picture hanging hardware, rather than tacks, nails etc. to provide a more secure and stable hanging of the Artwork. Don't use means or devices which could result in your Artwork falling from the wall.

7. Enjoy your Artwork and if it increases in value, you have a win-win situation. You can sell the work later as an investment or pass it on to your children as part of your Estate.
In purchasing Artwork there are some things you should know about dpi, Pixels and InkJet Printing.

dpi = dots per inch.
pixels = the number of dots across a given width and height of a print or of your screen.

Therefore if you scan and record a picture on your scanner at 500 dpi it means that in each inch of the scan there are 500 dots of color each direction.

If you are going to print out a picture on an 8½" x 11" piece of paper AND if the picture is scanned at 500 dpi, you would multiple the 500 dpi times the 8½" and therefore you would have 4,250 pixels horizontally across the page and 5,500 pixels vertically up and down the page. If you print on a page which is 11" x 14" then you would have 5.500 pixels horizontally by 7,000 pixels vertically.

Therefore dpi and pixels are related, but not the same. dpi is the number for each inch and pixels are the number on a page in each direction.

Also the measurements on some applications can be in other measurements such as mm, i.e. millimeters

You should know that there is a difference in the way pixels appear in internet viewing and in printing out a print from a printer.

When you view an object on the internet, the number of pixels determines the size of the object you see on your screen. A "thumbnail" is a very small picture, which contains very few pixels (usually something like 72 pixels or even less).

The smaller the number of pixels, the smaller the picture on the screen. When sending an object on the net, we usually size the graphic from about 650 to 750 pixels wide, which fits nicely in an eMail letter. Smaller than that and you will only partially fill the screen. Larger than that and you have to move the slide bar up and down, and back and forth to see the graphic. On a website, the number of pixels in width and height will determine the size of the picture on the web page.

On this TERRYCO website, we usually show graphic about 130 pixels wide which gives a nice size picture. Then we have a separate page of the same graphic which is usually set at 750 pixels.

Therefore, when you click on one of our graphics, you get a separate page with that item as a full page. In some instances, this full page is many times the actual size of the item. On, the website which Terry Proctor built for the Proctor Museum of Natural Science, small fossils, insects, etc. can often be viewed at many times their actual view and allow for easier closer scrutiny than one would be able to do with a hand lens or other means of magnification usually.

In printing, the size of the photo paper you are using to make your print, will determine how many dpi you will want to have for a good print. If your print is to be 13" x 19" (the size which many of the TERRYCO prints for sale are printed on) then you will have trouble getting a decent print from a digital camera (which usually only shoots at 72 dpi). When we scan our graphics, we usually use 500 to 600 dpi. Therefore our 13" x 19" prints turn out GREAT!!!

Whatever number of pixels you start with, as you pint ever larger sizes, the pixels get stretched out over a larger dimension. Eventually your print comes out with just square blocks of color, instead of what appears to be a lovely picture, made up of dots which you cannot see.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW, that inkjet is a water soluble ink whereas laser printing is not.

This means if you sneeze on a picture or it is misty when you take a print out and the mist gets on your print, you may wind up with small white dots where the inkjet ink is diluted or washed off.