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Archival Framing
Custom Picture Framing by Hampton Photo, Art and Framing

Hampton Photo, Arts and Framing provides archival picture framing. Archival framing, sometimes called ‘museum’ framing, is ideal for those photos and prints you wish to keep as collectibles or heirlooms. 

What’s The Difference Between Archival Framing and Ordinary Framing?

Unlike ordinary photo framing, archival framing is designed to last a lifetime. The secret to keeping your photos and prints looking brand new for decades is in our 100% rag, acid-free mats and backing. Here at Hampton Photo, Arts and Framing, we use Peterboro Conservation mats, which meet or exceed The Library of Congress and Fine Art Trade Guild standards for chemical composition. Wood frames can cause chemical damage so for archival framing, Hampton Photo Arts offers a wide variety of custom metal frames to suit your individual needs.

Hampton Photo, Art and FramingWhat Other Benefits Does Archival Framing Offer?

In order to prevent your photos and prints from mold, mildew and fading, it is important to cover them with conservation quality glass or acrylic. Hampton Photo Arts offers both options and there are pros & cons to each. Conservation glass is less expensive and scratch resistant but it is heavy and susceptible to breakage. Conservation acrylic is more expensive but very lightweight and durable. When considering your options, Hampton Photo Arts recommends you keep the following points in mind:

Where will the artwork be displayed?
Will the artwork need to be moved often?
Will the artwork need to be shipped?
Is the artwork to be displayed large or small?
Is the artwork replaceable?
Who will be cleaning the artwork?

Whichever Hampton Photo Arts glazing you choose, when your prints are framed and mounted, you will be able to proudly display them in any room and or office without fear of fading or damage.

What Items Benefit Most From Archival Framing?

Archival framing is designed to preserve antique maps & documents, vintage concert posters, heirloom photos and unique artwork that cannot be easily replaced. Whether you have a piece you want to display over your mantelpiece for a lifetime or a nostalgic one-of-a-kind concert poster you’d like to grow in value, Hampton Photo Arts can assist you in making your best archival framing choice.

How Do I Care For My Framed Archival Print?

It is important to display or store your archival print in a temperature-stable environment around 70 degrees Fahrenheit with no more than 50% humidity. Hampton Photo Arts recommends you not display your archival artwork on a damp or recently plastered wall or over a working fireplace. Though the UV glass or acrylic you choose will prevent fading, it is best not to display your artwork in place that receives an excessive amount of sunlight. When cleaning your archival print, remove the artwork from the wall whenever possible. To clean the glass or acrylic glazing, spray a non-abrasive cleaner onto a soft, lint-free cloth rather than on the glazing itself. It is also best to clean the glazing in a horizontal position to keep any moisture from seeping into the print. Note: Never use glass cleaner on acrylic. Hampton Photo Arts also recommends you have your frames evaluated every five to seven years to ensure continuing protection of your valuable collectibles.

Hampton Photo Arts in Bridgehampton, NY ensures quality & expertise in our work and we guarantee the very best for any of your picture framing needs.

Bring in your art, maps, documents, photos, posters or prints to the Bridgehampton Commons in Bridgehampton or give us a call at 1-631-537-7373. We are open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and 10am to 2pm on Sundays.

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.

Art of Photography

Art of PhotographyPhotography is an amazing art form. A photograph album is a catalogue of life's history as seen through the camera. People, animals, nature, holidays, celebrations and even disasters are captured instantly and recorded as part of history. It is through the powerful presentations of photography that we better understand the progression of time and life. Hampton Photo Arts has over twenty years of experience working with photographers as they seek to capture and preserve the history of families and communities.

When families get together, both children and adults love to look through photograph albums. They enjoy seeing the childhood photos of older family members and compare themselves to ancestors who lived a hundred or more years ago. Photos are among the most important treasures of every family. They should not be faded and dull. They contain the smiles, tears and emotions of generations. The staff members at Hampton Photo Arts display excellence in the art of photography reproduction. They work with the highest quality materials. They know how to create family memories that will be just as beautiful one hundred years from now as they are today.

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor 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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