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Can I laminate paintings, prints or artwork?
Creation is a painful act, much like giving birth. Even after you come up with an original idea you will have to deal with the false starts, the screw-ups, and then, if you’re lucky, you end up with a painting, drawing, or photograph that you don’t hate. And then it happens, tragedy strikes: your gorgeous new masterpiece has fallen victim to a spilled cup of coffee. Or perhaps it gets ripped by the family dog. No matter how it happens, your art is ruined and you have to start all over again. But it doesn’t have to be like this. You can laminate your creations which will ensure that your work will stand the test of time and not get ruined. Keep reading to find out what lamination can do for you, and your art.
The best reason to laminate your artwork is because it will protect it. Not just from the aforementioned spills and pet mishaps, but from other dangers, too, such as damaging UV rays. Sunlight can cause the colors in a piece to fade, your work can get smudged by fingerprints, and smoke and other odors can embed themselves into your work. When you laminate your artwork, you’re ensuring that your piece will still look great years from now. Just make sure that you choose a laminate with UV protection if you are worried about fading in sunlight.
You might think that lamination is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. You can have your documents laminated at a print shop instead of rushing out and buying a laminator. Or you can buy self-sealing laminate if money’s really tight. Laminating can also be a lot cheaper than framing and it still protects your work just as well as a frame would. Just make sure that there’s a little bit of excess laminate around the edges of the piece so that when you tack it to the wall, the pushpins won’t damage your work. Plus, if you send your work out to be framed, you might be waiting several days or weeks before you see it again. If you laminate your work yourself, you’ll retain control of your work, and it will always be with you.
If you’ve been trying to kick-start your artistic career either with a gallery showing, a book deal, or even a gig with a trendy graphic design firm, lamination can make your work look more professional. Every artist needs to have a portfolio and by laminating your pieces, you’re showing that you care about how your work is presented. That can mean the difference between a job and no job because no employer, gallery owner, or publisher is going to be interested in someone who doesn’t take pride in his/her work. Plus, laminating can make the colors in your prints appear more brilliant and can really make your art pop off the page.
Finally, here are a few helpful tips about lamination. First, you should know that heat lamination can damage your work, so if your work is really delicate, you should probably use a cold laminator to get the job done. Photographs and computer-generated art can probably withstand hot lamination, but something such as a watercolor painting would be better served by cold lamination. And if you find yourself laminating a lot, you should probably consider buying your own laminator. If so, look for laminators made by Fellowes and GBC. They are some of the best machines you can buy, they’re often affordable, and most of them are easy to use so you can focus on your creative process and not the act of laminating.
Creation can be a rough process, but it’s nowhere near as devastating as seeing your artwork get trashed. So make sure you start laminating your artwork.
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