So I just started collecting posters right,

Information on shipping, storing and repairing your art, plus your reviews on products for art collecting, making, storing, etc..
ThatsNotGlue
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Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:55 pm

I was just wondering how do you guys store them? I'm planning to buy a flat file soon just for funsies, but I imagine they are better ways to store them.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:38 pm

Most people would say a flat file is the best.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:40 pm

Best way to store a print?

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Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:40 pm

If you're just starting out and buying a lot of standard sized posters (18x24, 24x36, 12x36) then I'd recommend portfolios. Much cheaper than a flat file and having buy individual mylar sheets and backing boards.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:42 pm

Aphex139 wrote:If you're just starting out and buying a lot of standard sized posters (18x24, 24x36, 12x36) then I'd recommend portfolios. Much cheaper than a flat file and having buy individual mylar sheets and backing boards.
Most portfolios I've seen for sale online are kind of expensive in comparison to the flat files I've seen on craigslist, but for space conservation, they can't be beat.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:44 pm

Bickel wrote:
Aphex139 wrote:If you're just starting out and buying a lot of standard sized posters (18x24, 24x36, 12x36) then I'd recommend portfolios. Much cheaper than a flat file and having buy individual mylar sheets and backing boards.
Most portfolios I've seen for sale online are kind of expensive in comparison to the flat files I've seen on craigslist, but for space conservation, they can't be beat.
It all depends, I suppose. An Itoya 18 x 24 can be had for cheap, but yeah, a Picturesque 24 x 36 is quite a bit. I've been collecting for 4 years and am still reluctant to pull the trigger. :oops:
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:52 pm

At $200 a pop, I would wait and find a nice used flat file for the same or less cost as a 24x36 portfolio if you had the room.

Not to mention, adding inserts to the portfolio can put the cost over the edge.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:37 pm

I found a nice 10 drawer flat for $250 so that's why I'm heading in that general direction.
Codeblue wrote:Not really.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:45 pm

Frame what you have and run, never look back.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:45 pm

Scour craigslist for a cheap flat file. You will find one for cheap sooner than you think.

Line each bottom drawer with acid free foam core and you are good to go.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:05 pm

Flat files are great for storing prints. Not so great for displaying them.

Save and frame.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:07 pm

cinematical wrote:Flat files are great for storing prints. Not so great for displaying them.

Save and frame.
I am pro-framing, but he wanted ideas on storing.

Plus, framing costs will add up quick if you do the archival route.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:10 pm

I should clarify -- get a flatfile! If you're planning on really expanding your collection, it's the most cost-effective way to go. Portfolios are great for smaller collections and if you want to occasionally look at the stored art, but get really expensive if your collections starts to grow. I have a big wooden flatfile I use to store all the Novos prints and my personal collection.

But you should also frame! No point having great art if you don't display it at some point. You don't have to go archival right away. I have a few prints on the wall in wholesale frames with acid-free backs while I set aside for some archival-quality solutions.
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:13 pm

cinematical wrote:I should clarify -- get a flatfile! If you're planning on really expanding your collection, it's the most cost-effective way to go. Portfolios are great for smaller collections and if you want to occasionally look at the stored art, but get really expensive if your collections starts to grow. I have a big wooden flatfile I use to store all the Novos prints and my personal collection.

But you should also frame! No point having great art if you don't display it at some point.
Agreed on all counts.

Do you have the prints directly on wood??
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Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:16 pm

No, currently on kraft paper. Admittedly need to get a better solution.
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