Unrolling Your Print
If you've purchased a rolled original screen print or A2 reproduction print there are some steps you should take to ensure you don't damage your artwork.
The papers used for these prints are high quality archival art papers and they are quite thick and sturdy. This means that they will hold their curl when you unroll them. Typically people tend to 'reverse-roll' to correct this but be aware that this technique may damage the paper fibres and create dents and creases.
The best methods for unrolling are;
Let your framer do it for you: they are skilled and have the space and ability to do so.
If you'd prefer to do it yourself;
- Clear and clean a space that will fit your flattened artwork; a space where the artwork can sit for a few days to straighten out.
- Unroll the artwork and place face down onto the clean space, it might curl at the ends and try to curl under. If you need to, you can place a large, light, flat piece of cardboard on top to encourage it to lay flat. Do not use anything heavy or with sharp edges as you may dent the paper.
- Humidity helps, so if you have evaporative air conditioning you may find turning it on speeds things up.
- Store flat. A large cardboard art folder sourced from art shops is ideal for this purpose.
- Once flat, store flat.
If you're storing the print in the tube after having pulled it out for inspection, be sure to roll it back up and reapply the sticker to the tissue paper so that it will later slide easily from the postage tube. If you leave the print loose and unsecured it will unroll in the tube which will mean that the art paper is pushed up against the tube walls causing it to be very difficult to remove from the tube. In short, make sure that the rolled artwork is secured in a way that gives an air gap around it whilst stored in the tube.