frequently asked questions
How archival are your prints?
Our papers can last up to 200 years, if displayed / stored properly. For example, Epson Enhanced Matte paper is rated at 40-70 years (70 if the paper is protected behind U.V. glass) and Canson’s PrintMaKing Rag is rated at up to 200 years (220 if the print is protected behind UV protected glass). With regard to archival properties, the environment where the print is displayed also matters. Prints that are exposed to direct sunlight will fade more quickly than prints that are not exposed to direct sunlight. For more detailed information on specific papers you can go to the ‘choosing a paper’ section of the site or visit Wilhelm Research site.
Another consideration is the ink. Wuse Epson Ultrachrome HDX inks which are currently one of, if not the highest rated archival inks available.
Prints will shift in color if you display them in rooms that have windows. You need to use UV protected glass or UV protected plexi glass when framing your prints to protect against that color shift.
Most ready-made frames from discount stores do not come with UV glass. It is not very expensive to go to your local glass or frame shop and purchase the UV glass separately.
*In addition try to avoid having your glass positioned directly against your prints as a permanent display option. When exposed to moisture, prints can stick to glass. A simple and inexpensive framing solution is to use plastic spacers. Any frame shop will know about these and can sell them to you even if you choose to frame your prints in ready made frames. If you have any questions, please call or email us.
Order Status / Shipping
Production Turnaround Time
We have a 3-5 business day turnaround time for individual orders. Shipping generally takes an additional 2-4 days. You will receive an email notification with tracking information once your print has shipped.
Paper & Ink Artists charges a $20 flat fee for shipping prints in the continental U.S. For international shipments, clients will be charged based on size and weight of the shipment. We ship via USPS Priority mail (generally: 2-3 day shipping). We can also provide overnight shipping for an additional fee.
How do I track my order?
You will receive an email with a tracking number as soon as your order has shipped.
My prints arrived in a tube. How should I flatten them?
If you are having your prints framed by a professional framer they can put your prints in a press for a few seconds and your prints will flatten right away. If you would like to flatten them yourself, check out this video for a good technique to do so. Time varies depending on the number of prints you are trying to uncurl.
Pricing and Billing
Will I be charged sales tax?
Happy to say, nope. We are based out of Montana and Montana does not have a sales tax.
Is my billing information secure?
Can I return a print?
100% Satisfaction is our goal for our art collectors. You will have 7 days upon receipt to return your print(s) for a refund. You will need to return the print(s) in their original condition and original packaging. Paper & Ink Artists is not responsible for the return postage costs unless you receive the package damaged.
Please follow the following instructions when returning a print:
1. Please email us at email@example.com within 7 days of receiving your print to let us know about your intention to return your print.
2. Repackage print in its original condition in the original packaging and be sure to include:
Your order number and contact information.
Paper & Ink Studio
1540 West Broadway Street
Missoula, Montana 59808
Attn: Paper & Ink: Return
Ship your package using a shipping method with a tracking number and email the shipping details and tracking number to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Paper & Ink Artists is not responsible for undelivered returns. We will process your return and the amount owed to your original payment source within 7-10 business days of receipt of your print(s).
What if my print is delivered damaged?
We do our best to make sure that your prints never arrive damaged, but there may be times, sometimes during the holiday season, when packages arrive damaged. If this happens to you, we ask that you do the following:
Take photos of the damaged print and the damaged packaging and email the photos to Paper & Ink Artists at: email@example.com (for insurance purposes).
Paper & Ink Artists will then ship you replacement print(s) promptly.