ARTWORK & RESIN CREATIONS CARE TIPS

Thank you for your support and love for my artwork. My work is created with joy and the hopes you will enjoy it for years to come. Please know slight imperfections may occur due to the handmade process of the variety of mediums I work in.

 

 

 

Care of Your Original Art

Each piece is an Original and cannot be reproduced.  All original art mediums are best kept out of the direct sun & strong lighting conditions.

 

Care of Resin Wall Art

Resin is a great protective medium, however, it should still be handled with care. Gently clean when needed with a Damp Soft cloth or damp microfiber cloth, then wipe dry with a soft cloth.  Be sure to keep out of direct sunlight or harsh & hot lighting. Most Fine Art can be compromised if exposed to light, heat or extreme cold. Only quality UV rated resin is used. When shipping, ensure no plastic touches the resin, best to use freezer paper or glassine paper on area touching resin.

 

Care of Acrylic Paintings
Not typically meant to be framed under glass, unless there is a matte between acrylic & glass.  Acrylics are fairly sturdy and tend to survive in various lighting conditions. Dusting the surface lightly will prevent any build-up. Be careful when shipping acrylics in the winter as extremely cold temperatures may cause cracking.  The same problem occurs if storing your acrylics in unheated attics, basements or sheds if you live in areas that experience very cold winters.

 

Care of Watercolors
Frame watercolors behind UV glass. Colors may fade if fragile watercolors are exposed to direct sun & strong lighting conditions.

 

Care of Alcohol Ink Art
Mount your alcohol ink artwork behind UV-protected glass, if it’s not coated with UV resin, to reduce fading.  An acid-free matte inserted between the artwork and frame will prevent the art from sticking to the glass. Make sure to keep your alcohol ink artwork away from direct sun & strong lighting, excessive heat for long periods of time, high humidity, direct sunlight and extreme temperature fluctuations.

Care of Resin Homewares (cheese board, coasters, trays, tables, etc)

 

Where resin are used on coasters, trays or cheeseboards, it is FDA Compliant (FDA 21CFR175.300). Even though resin is inert once cured, we prefer to suggest people keep the resin decor as decor, and ideally not serve food directly on it.

 

For those wanting hard working cutting boards, they typically use a different board for that job so as not to ruin the decorated cheese /charcuterie serving piece. Although some may just choose to use the backside of the board if there's no added texture on decorated side. Cutting on resin area is not recommended.

Coaster, trays and cheese/ charcuterie boards with resin, can be hand washed with mild soap & water, and a soft cloth (or microfibre cloth).

 

With cheese/charcuterie boards, the wood/timber area should be treated as all wood cheese boards. It should never go in a dishwasher. Soaking any wood boards in dishwater is never recommended. Set board in empty sink and use soft cloth with mild dish soap to clean, then dry. Every now & then the wood/timber area may need to be reconditioned with food grade oil.

 

For pieces that have added texture like gemstones, they’re super easy to clean & wash. The gemstones are semi precious stones and are completely washable.  Set the board in an empty sink, use mild dish soap & water, & the spray nozzle on gentle stream. If needed a soft toothbrush can be used. Or if preferred the larger board sizes can also be washed in a laundry washtub same way.

For coasters, trays, tables & counters, ArtWorks is resistant up to 266F (130C), and Liquid Diamonds is resistant up to 246F (118C). This is similar to a formica or laminate counter top rating. If resin item is sitting in a space that gets that hot (like a car in hot sun, or a sunroom), it will not become pliable. Direct heat contact may be slightly lower. A hot pan off the stove will mark the resin. Coasters made with both these resins typically can hold a hot cup of coffee/tea without marking. Keep in mind occasionally ceramics (tiles or cups) can hold more heat in, and therefore some times the results can vary with ceramics.

 

ArtWorks Resin is dry to touch in 8-12 hours, and Liquid Diamonds Casting Resin is dry to touch in 24 hours (average), however all resins continue to cure/harden 2-3 weeks afterwards, and full heat tolerance isn't typically reached until up to about 30 days after initial cure.

 

Care of Resin Castings (Solid Resin Pieces with Floral or any Items Embedded in Resin, Organites, and Resin Sculptures )

Resin castings  & sculptures can be cleaned with a damp microfibre cloth, then buffed dry.

Take care not to drop your piece.

Keep out of direct sun light to help prevent premature yellowing of resin.

Resin pieces with organics (ie: flowers & plants, etc), can fade sooner in areas with direct sunlight (even with UV protected resins).

Resin creations are not recommended for food or beverage serving or storage with direct contact of food / beverages.

Please keep your resin creation away from heaters, radiators or excessive heat, (to avoid potential warping over time).

If your piece ends up with a small scratch, you can sometimes use a plastic polish to buff the scratch out. There are plastic polish kits you can buy online. 

 

 

Michele Donohue

www.donohueart.com