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Caring For Your Print

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Cyanotypes (also known as Photograms)

Do: Store or hang your print in a cool dry area out of direct sunlight. Mat your print using an alkaline mat (not acid-free).

Don’t: Store your print in an acid-free/archival mat or box. Acid-free materials will cause cyanotypes to fade. Exposing a finished print to direct sunlight or extreme heat over long periods of time can also cause the print to fade.

Recovery: If your cyanotype print begins to fade or lose image detail, store in a cool dark place and it will slowly recover the printed image as the cyanotype’s Prussian white reverts back to Prussian blue.

Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate Prints

Do: Store or hang your print in a cool dry area out of direct sunlight. Mat your print using an alkaline mat (not acid-free).

Don’t: Store your print in an acid-free/archival mat or box. Acid-free materials will cause cyanotypes to fade. Exposing a finished print to direct sunlight or extreme heat over long periods of time can also cause the print to fade.

Recovery: If your cyanotype print begins to fade or lose image detail, store in a cool dark place and it will slowly recover the printed image as the cyanotype’s Prussian white reverts back to Prussian blue.

Gum Bichromate Prints

Do: Store or hang your print out of direct sunlight. Prints can be framed with an acid-free mat.

Don’t: Bend your print. Occasionally, gum bichromate prints are printed using a thick layer of pigment that can flake if the print is bent or stored rolled up.