I work with acrylic ink and so use a heavy weight 300 gsm Fabriano paper because I want to work into the surface and not only on the surface.
Once a piece is finished I use a high quality clear varnish, usually mat finish, to preserve and protect it. This gives the work a robust waterproof surface, that can be wiped clean just as a canvas can, and allows me to frame the work unglazed.
Whilst the paper is well sealed by the varnish, it will still naturally expand or contract to some degree depending on humidity. So to allow for this the paper is securely fixed across its top edge and then more loosely held in place on its remaining edges by the frame and sometimes low adhesive tape. Works on paper are frequently damaged by the acidity of unsuitable framing materials, such as tape and mount board, therefore I am careful to use acid free specialist framing materials and I try to avoid gluing or fixing the work to any backing.
The use of a robust backing board provides additional protection and in my view means the piece is actually more robust than a canvas, which can be easily damaged by pressure on its surface for only a few minutes.
I do use glass occasionally, when a fragile piece requires extra protection, but ordinarily I prefer not to because I feel it alters the colour and the contrast of the work. Also my work is often textured and it seems a shame to not be able to touch it.
Of course, you may want the extra protection and peace of mind that glass will provide and so I am happy to fit it on request. I can provide a quote for the addition of glass, including the cost for non reflective glass.
The acrylic ink I use is a permanent, archival ink that should not fade. However, whether you choose to have glass or not, it is important to carefully consider where you hang the artwork. All original artwork, whether on canvas or paper and whether behind glass or not, even UV glass, will be affected by direct sunlight overtime.
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Mounted, unframed giclee prints on Hahnemuhle heavy weight printers rag fine art paper.
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