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Peterboro Conservation Mats

Peterboro Conservation MatsPeterboro Conservation is truly Hampton Photo Arts flagship product and represents the best value in conservation matboards.

SOME KEY FACTS ABOUT PETERBORO CONSERVATION

1. The Core
The use of high grade Alpha Cellulose as the main ingredient in the conservation core. Alpha Cellulose can be distilled from cotton or wood, the higher the Alpha Cellulose content the higher the purity of the board. The Peterboro Company specify that the Peterboro Conservation core must have more than 90% Alpha Cellulose, industry specifications call for no less then 84 %.

2. Chemical ingredients
The conservation quality of a mat can often be affected by the chemical impurities within its materials. For instance the level of iron and copper within the matboard can create tarnishing and discoloration of the mat while the sulphur content can raise acidic levels that attack both mat and artwork. In the manufacture of Peterboro Conservation mats the level of chemical ingredients is strictly controled to ensure that they meet or exceed the Library of Congress and Fine Art Trade Guild standards for chemical composition.

3. Surface Paper
To reduce color fade and bleed Peterboro Conservation uses pigments for surface paper coloration. The pigments are specified to meet or exceed the fade and bleed test requirements outlined by the Fine Art Trade Guild standards. Independent testing shows that Peterboro Conservation exceeds these requirements.

4. Backing Paper
The backing paper is 100 % virgin fiber, buffered with calcium carbonate at a 3% minimum reserve, no optical brighteners, and a smooth finish with even coloration. The backing paper meets or exceeds the standards as set out by both the Library of Congress and the Fine Art Trade Guild.

5. Quality
Independent QC benchmarking shows that Peterboro Conservation has one of the highest standards of consistent quality in the market.

 

Photo Services

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

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Photography Information

Photography Art Prints – How are they made?

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Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

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Art Information

Learning to Paint with Watercolors

By Cindy Tabacchi

ImageWatercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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