I encourage people to buy new art because they love it. I share some guidelines and tips below to help make sure your artwork remains beautiful for your entire life.

TIPS & HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR COLLECTORS

Ice Princess - Wild Horse Handmade B&W Fine Art by Tim Layton

I certify all of my limited edition wild horse fine art prints are masterfully handmade by me in my darkroom and no part of the process is outsourced to any other party.

I only use the highest quality materials meeting museum quality standards and I take great care to follow the time-proven archival methods dating back to the 19th century.

There are two key factors concerning image stability and archival permanence of fine art prints on any type of substrate.

First, the artist must follow proper archival procedures which directly relates to the removal of unwanted by-products that will end in failure.  These undesirable by-products interact with the atmosphere and can have unwanted impacts to artwork. 

I follow time-tested archival procedures when I create my handmade wild horse fine art and we know based on history the procedures are effective and credible.

The second and one of the largest influencers of how long any type of photographic art will last are the storage and display conditions (i.e., temperature, humidity, light and handling).

For maximum permanence, I dry mount all of my handmade wild horse artwork.

Long-term tests indicate dry-mounted prints fare better than prints that are hinge or corner mounted because the dry mount tissue acts as a barrier to pollutants that can be absorbed by the mount board and then transferred to the print. 

I take a very simple and clear position with my artwork.  

When a collector buys one of my exclusive wild horse artwork, I guarantee that artwork to look like the day they purchased it for the rest of their life so long as they follow my handling and care guidelines.

Any claims beyond this is marketing propaganda.

I take every known and reasonable care during the artwork creation process to ensure the long-term performance of my artwork.  Once the art leaves my studio, the environment in which it is displayed and/or stored becomes the more important determinant of the artwork permanence.

MY STANDARDS

I follow time-tested and proven museum archival standards to include proper clearing and archival washing methods to remove the unwanted by-products that can oxidize over time. I selenium tone all of my artwork to ensure it will last a lifetime and beyond.

I use the worlds best materials and I executive a very specific and detailed archival workflow that I share with any art buyer and collector that wants to review it.

WHAT IS ARTWORK PERMANENCE?

Artwork permanence refers to the longevity of printed material and preservation issues. Over time, the optical density, color balance, luster, and other qualities of artwork can and will degrade. The rate at which deterioration occurs depends primarily on two main factors: the artwork itself, that is, the colorants used to form the image and the medium on which image resides, and the type of environment the print is exposed to.

CARE & HANDLING GUIDELINES

Ice Princess - Wild Horse Fine Art by Tim Layton

I dry mount all of my artwork on a 100% cotton, acid, and lignin-free mounting board with a window mat that is hinge-taped using archival linen tape.  I title, date, and sign the window mat to complete your artwork. 

Upon receipt of the new artwork, I recommend taking the new artwork to a professional frame shop and having them frame your new artwork. This ensures proper handling and they take additional steps to seal the artwork in the frame that individuals simply can’t do.  

To help resist environmental hazards associated with displaying your new artwork, a UV protective glass or plexiglass glazing should be used, often referred to as museum glass.

If you choose to store your prints versus displaying them, maintaining relative humidity between 30% and 50% is advisable and room temperature should not exceed 85F/29C. 

I certify all of my limited edition fine art prints are masterfully handmade by me in my darkroom and no part of the process is outsourced to any other party. I only use the highest quality materials meeting museum quality standards and I take great care to follow the time-proven archival methods dating back to the 19th century.

PRINT CARE, DISPLAY, & HANDLING TIPS

  • Never hang your artwork in direct sunlight. 
  • Never hang your artwork under or over an air vent. 
  • Hang your framed artwork at a very slight upward angle to allow air to circulate around the print. Small clear rubber pads/feet mounted on the bottom frame are a good option for employing this method. 
  • Only use a dry lint-free cloth to wipe the UV protective/museum glass. 
  • Maintain relative humidity where the print is displayed/stored in the 30% to 50% range. 
  • Extreme heat and wildly changing temperatures can expedite print deterioration issues.  Avoid exposing your artwork to temperatures above 85F/29C. 
  • If your artwork is ever exposed to smoke, moisture, or water, do not attempt to fix it yourself.  Contact me or a print conservator immediately. 
  • If lighting your artwork, avoid using any light source of more than 120 footcandles.  LED lighting is the preferred source. I like a light temperature in the 3200K to 3500K range.  Only light your print when viewing. Excessive light exposure can accelerate deterioration.
  • For maximum permanence, have a professional frame shop dry mount your artwork following the proper heating and pressure guidelines of the mounting tissue.  Long-term tests indicate dry-mounted prints fare better than prints that are hinge or corner mounted because the dry mount tissue as a barrier to pollutants that can be absorbed by the mount board.