YOU’VE RECEIVED YOUR ROLLED PRINT – NOW WHAT?

Now that you have received your rolled print, what should you do to have it professionally framed? You don’t need to do anything, just take it to your framer in its original shipping tube.  However, if you choose to do it yourself, there are a few things you must NEVER do!!

  • NEVER use an iron, even if you put protective layers between it and the print.
  • NEVER use steam or moisture; this will compromise the longevity of the print.
  • NEVER (and I am sure a few of us have been guilty of this with other rolled products) scrape the back of a print over the edge of a table or other surface.

 DO:

  • Gently de-curl the print by rolling it in the opposite direction to which it is curled. Make sure the surface you are working on is clear of all debris – grit and particles that might imbed itself in the print and damage it.
  • Make sure your hands are super clean. Skin oils are not good for a print.
  • Handle the print by its edges, not touching the printed image area.
  • Place a smooth, heavier paper, the same size or slightly larger, on the working surface. Place the print image-side down on the paper.
  • With extreme care so as not to damage or bend the print, proceed with the following:
    • Starting at the edge closest to you, roll the paper and print in the opposite direction to the curl, but not too tightly to run the risk of bruising/damaging the print.
    • Slide both paper and print fully into the shipping tube.
    • Let sit this way for a time; this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours (the longer the better).
    • Remove paper and print from tube, unroll it, and lay out with image side up on a clean flat surface.
    • Leaving the smooth paper in place, lay several heavy objects such as books on the corners and in the middle of the print and leave for several hours.
    • Remove the heavy objects; if still not uncurled, replace objects and let sit for a few more hours.

If this seems too daunting or too much work, simply take print in original tube to your framer.

EXERCISING AND BEAUTY

I used to walk for exercise, a lot! But sometimes life gets in the way – travelling, relocating etc. I still walk but it is more strolling and meandering with hubby who considers that sufficient; I like to walk a brisk 30 minutes at least and decided it was time to get back into the routine.

Before going to bed last night, I set my alarm for early this morning to allow me to have my lemon juice and warm water, a protein smoothie, one cup of coffee and my stretch exercises.

An hour later, I chose my route and walked quickly, noticing a magnolia tree I wanted to snap a photo of on my way back (that’s where cell phones come in handy).

The morning was dreary but coming back I could see the sun peeking through the clouds. I took a moment to enjoy the beautiful yellow Magnolia tree and quickly take a couple of photos before resuming my walk. I think I much prefer the yellow one – there are so many light and dark pinks everywhere – but this is the first yellow one I have seen. Yesterday it was covered in buds, this morning many of them were blossoms. I hope to enjoy it a few more days before the blossoms begin to fall.

What is your favourite colour? Leave a comment below and share which you prefer and why…after all, beauty IS in the eye of the beholder!