In the last post, I talked about framing your prints. What I forgot to mention is how to flatten them. The Trap Vector prints come rolled in damage-resistant kraft tubes for safe transit. This is a common practice, especially for larger prints. As your art arrives, you’ll want to flatten them out before storing/displaying them.
Here are some recommended steps:
- Find a flat table or surface to lay your print on. It should be dry and free from dust/debris.
- Open the tube and slowly pull the protective tissue paper to slide out the enclosed prints.
- While leaving the tissue paper in place to protect the print, carefully unroll them so that the curl s are going into the flat surface.
- It is NOT recommended that you reverse-roll the print in the opposite direction unless you have experience doing so.
- Distribute a few books on each of the corners and in the center of the print. (If you don’t have books, you can use some other flat-bottomed items that will keep your prints in place.)
- Let your print sit for a while under the weight of the books. Usually, a day will be more than adequate, but you can probably get away with overnight or while you’re off at a picnic.
Alternatively, if you get your prints professionally framed, you can just bring the rolled tube to your favorite framer, and they’ll take care of everything for you.
– Benja –