ARTWORK & RESIN CREATIONS CARE TIPS
My work is created with love and the hopes you will enjoy it for years to come. Thank you for your support!
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 or dry microfiber or glass buffing cloth. As with all original art, keep out of direct sunlight or harsh & hot lighting (or reduce number of hours). Most Fine Art can be compromised if exposed to too much light, heat or extreme cold. Only quality UV rated resin is used. Though resin used is scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof. When shipping or storing resin art, ensure no plastic touches the resin areas. It is recommended to use glassine paper, freezer paper, or parchment paper over area touching resin. Once resin area has appropriate covering, you can then wrap the whole piece with bubble wrap, or foam wrap while ensuring no plastics are touching the resin areas.
For pieces with added texture, you can also use non-residue compressed air (same type of canned air used to clear dust from keyboards). Also, with any pieces that have crushed glass or other sharp textures, you may want to wear appropriate art gloves while handling.
We always use hanging hardware rated for greater then the weight of the piece, however it is also recommended you hire a professional for hanging wall art, if you are not experienced & knowledgeable with best hanging procedures.
NOTE: Michele Donohue Art is not liable for any damage or injury related to artwork or being handled incorrectly.
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
If framing with glass, 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 is used on coasters, trays or cheeseboards, it is FDA Compliant (FDA 21CFR175.300). Resin is inert once cured. Many people prefer to keep the resin art as decor, and not serve food directly on it, and just use the wood area. However there are many wood river table style boards as well, that food is served directly on the resin surface. These boards are treated with food grade mineral oil or cheeseboard oil over wood area.
For those wanting hard working cutting boards, 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. It is scratch resistant, but not scratch proof.
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. Resin decorated boards are not dishwasher safe. 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 are hand 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. If you just need to dust the textured areas, canned air works well.
For coasters, trays, tables & counters, I use a heat resistant epoxy resin, that is heat tolerant to 500F. 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 could permanently mark the resin.
Epoxy resin continues to cure/harden up to 2-3 weeks after initial cure, 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 Items Embedded in Resin, Orgonites, and Resin Sculptures )
Resin castings & sculptures can be cleaned with a damp microfibre cloth, then buffed dry.
Take care not to drop your piece, as they are breakable when dropped.
Keep out of direct sun light to help prevent premature aging & yellowing.
Resin pieces with organics (ie: flowers & plants, etc), can fade sooner in areas with direct sunlight (even with UV protected resins).
Please keep your resin creation away from heaters, radiators or excessive heat or extreme temperatures.
NOTE: If any of your resin pieces 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 or any automotive paint departments. Though depending on nature of scratch, there is no guarantee a polish could remove it.
All of my creations, are hand made, and one of a kind. While I do my absolute best to provide the highest possible quality, sometimes imperfections in resin art are unavoidable. Larger mold castings may have layer lines, due to being poured in multiple layers. It is unavoidable, and the layer lines don't detract from the overall piece which is designed to be viewed from the front. These are some of the signs it is a handmade, (versus factory made & mass produced) items.