How to Clean An Oil Painting

Published: Jun 19, 2014 | Category: Tips

Maintaining and caring for your oil painting is very important in order for it to last for many years to come. Maintenance is quite minimal but since paintings are costly investments, regular cleaning will help to ensure that the colors do not fade and the painting does not deteriorate over time. You want to make the best of your oil painting and get the most out of your money. A well maintained oil painting can be passed down to generations and generations to come. Here are some tips on how to properly care for and maintain your oil paintings to keep them in mint condition:

  • Use a very soft brush like a baby tooth brush to gently brush off any dust or dirt particles. Be very gentle because you do not want to brush off any of the paint along with the dirt. You can also use a dry rubber sponge to gently brush off any dirt. Be sure to use short, gentle strokes to avoid removing any paint and further damaging the painting.
  • Use a damp wash cloth with a few drops of dish soap to wipe off any residue. Use dabbing motions and avoid scrubbing as you may rub off the paint. Avoid getting the painting too wet as this can promote cracking.
  • Use a dry cloth to loosen up any dirt and use a small vacuum to remove the loose dirt.
  • After loosening any dirt on the oil painting, you can use a hair dryer set on the cool setting to blow off the dirt.
  • Regularly dust your oil painting with a feather duster to prevent dirt and dust build up.
  • Light brush your oil painting with break and you will be able to see the dirt and oils being absorbed and will remove surface debris.
  • A couple drops of lemon and a damp cloth can be used to remove surface grime without damaging the oil painting.
  • Another option to get your oil painting cleaned is to go to an art shop to have your oil painting professionally deep cleaned. This is probably your best bet if your oil painting has a lot of surface dirt and grime.

How to Display Canvas Art

Published: May 27, 2014 | Category: Tips

Designing and decorating the interior of your home can sometimes be a stressful task, but it doesn’t have to be. Interior designers can set you back thousands of dollars and they are only giving suggestions on how to design your home. Don’t be afraid to take all your home décor matters into your own hands. We all have a creative side within us. Here are some tips on how to creatively display your wall art:

  • Don’t be afraid of color. Adding pops of color to your home in the form of wall art is just pure genius! Especially if your home has neutral walls and flooring, a pop of color on your walls will really give your home personality.
  • Mirrors. Placing mirrors throughout your house can actually make your home look bigger and brighter. Because mirrors reflect light, you will also get a lot more natural lighting in your home.
  • Family art gallery. Make a collage with your favorite memories with your family. You can group several canvas prints either horizontally or vertically across an empty wall in your house.
  • Size matters. When it comes to hanging wall art, choose a size that is appropriate for the space you plan to hang the artwork. Too large of a piece of art will look overwhelming in tight, small areas. Measure your space and plan accordingly.
  • Mix and match. Don’t be afraid to play around with art. Mix your family portraits with other pieces of art. This mix will surely give your home personality and character.
  • Scenery. When in doubt, adding a scenic piece to your living room will help to liven up your living area.
  • Abstract art. Don’t stray away from funky, weird pieces of art. It will spruce up your home and give it a more sophisticated feel.
  • Repeating artwork. Don’t be afraid to having repeating artwork in your home. It will keep with the theme you are trying to achieve.

Canvas Print Care Instructions

Published: May 13, 2014 | Category: Tips

Canvas prints capture your life’s favorite memories and are meant to last for many years to come. That is, if it is well maintained and taken care of. These canvas prints may be pieces you want to pass down to other generations or even given as gifts. Though canvases are made with high quality materials, they still require proper care to preserve the canvas print for many years to come. Here are some canvas print care instructions and tips to help keep your canvases in pristine condition:

  • Use a duster to remove dirt or debris from the surface of the canvas to prevent discoloration and build up. Using a duster will not scratch your canvas. Be sure to hold canvas while dusting to avoid knocking it off your wall.
  • If you spilled something on your canvas, not to worry! Use a damp towel and a pea-size amount of dish washing soap to gently wipe off the mark on your canvas. The awesome thing about canvas is that the inks will not smear or fade when wipe when you wipe it with a damp cloth. This is because the inks are embedded into the fibers to ensure a high quality print and durability.
  • With small nicks and scratches, use archival ink pens or markers to touch up. Your local craft store should have these materials available for purchase.
  • Canvases can be hung in sunlight as we use the latest eco-solvent ink technologies in all our canvas products. Our canvases can be hung anywhere as they are very durable. Canvas can handle harsh conditions like sunshine, wind, and dust.
  • The wooden frame that the canvas is mounted on does not require any type of care. The wood we use is extremely durable and rigid that will prevent it to lose its shape over time. If for any reason your frame is losing shape, let us know so we can replace it for you.

Overall, maintaining a canvas is very fast and easy. It almost takes little to no time at all. There is nothing a little damp cloth and a duster cannot fix for your canvas. Canvases are great for those who are busy because they are very low maintenance. With high quality digital printing technologies, canvases are very durable and do not smear or fade over time. Order your canvases today and start displaying your life’s greatest moments.