Wall prints

                                                     Wall prints buying guide - Natural History Museum online shop

How your wall print is made

Every single print is produced on demand by our print partners using the finest quality giclée printing. French for "sprayed ink", giclée is recognised as a term describing the inkjet printmaking process which results in the highest quality fine art prints.


Giclée printing offers extra-fine image resolution, giving each individual print a substantially improved level of detail from original source image files. Art prints that have been through this process last much longer than those that have been through standard printing.


Art prints produced by our partner have been scientifically tested to last between 100 and 200 years in optimum conditions.


Each piece of paper and canvas used to create our print on demand products have been individually profiled for giclée printers, ensuring fantastically accurate and consistent art printing every time.



Photo paper vs fine art paper


Photo Paper weighs 260gsm and is a premium photographic paper with a satin lustre finish producing perfect photographic fine art prints. This paper is preferred by professional photographers and the lustre finish gives a subtle pearl-like texture to your print.


Fine art Paper weighs 280gsm and has been designed for museum quality reproductions. The paper has a gently textured matt surface making it especially well suited for Images of Nature prints.


While the finish on both paper types lends themselves to particular images, the high-quality of either variety means that there is no wrong choice to make.





Once you have chosen your print in art or photo paper, It is time to choose your bespoke, handmade frame.


Opt for black, white, gold, silver, brown or natural colours, your frame is then made to order by a team of specialist picture framers using quality wood milled with minimalist clean lines and presented with a satin finish.


The frames all have a square profile measuring 20mm (front face) by 23mm (depth from wall).


Framed prints include respected industry glaze standard 2mm water-white float glass. Larger prints come with acrylic plexiglass, which is more robust with less glare.


All picture frames arrive ready to be hung, so you can instantly enjoy your quality new wildlife print.





Alternatively you can choose to have your print delivered to you as a piece of canvas wall art.


All canvas prints are produced on demand using our partner’s premium 12 colour giclée printing process.


Your artwork will arrive printed on thick 400gsm artist-grade cotton canvas which comes with a subtle textured finish. A material that is consistent with its detailed clarity and precision whatever is printed on it.


Stretched canvas: This is the most classic canvas option; your chosen print will be hand-stretched over a custom-made wooden frame, using traditional methods for a quality finish.


Rolled canvas: Your canvas will arrive rolled and ready for you to have stretched onto a frame yourself.


Colour options: If you'd prefer, you can choose to finish your stretched canvas with a traditional frame, available in a selection of colours.





Your print will be delivered in custom-made double-walled boxes, ensuring it will arrive in perfect condition, wherever it is shipped to across the globe.


Framed prints and canvas wall art are wrapped in a protective sleeve with the added security of plastic guards fitted to each corner. More cardboard is added over the surface to minimise any risk of breakages or damage during transit.

Each print is then packed in a heavy-duty cardboard box.


Packaging standards have been refined over the years and it is now extremely rare for any damage to occur. On the rare occasion that an incident does occur contact the online shop where we will organise a replacement without fuss.



Hanging your art print or canvas.


Select an appropriate place for your picture


Small pictures will look lost on a large empty wall. Hang a larger picture or group together smaller pictures instead for maximum impact. Nearby furniture can be used as a visual marker for position.


Once you have decided on the height of the frame, use a pencil to mark the wall in the centre above the frame.


The usual height for hanging art in museums and galleries is 160cm. This is classed as eye level.


Select a suitable hook for the weight of your print and thickness of your wall.


For additional stability and an assured even appearance, you can hang your print on two nails or hooks instead of one. Hooks can be found that support weights from 2.25kg right up to 45kg. For larger prints it is recommended that D rings are used for added stability.


Decide on the best placement for your hook or nail.


Place the print face down on the floor and pull the hanging wire to the top edge of the frame at two equidistant points.


Measure the distance between the two points and the distance between one of those points to the top of the frame. Note that the wider the gap between the two points, the closer to the wall your print will hang.


Apply this measurement to the wall by measuring down from your earlier pencil mark.


Nail the hook into the wall at the new pencil mark.


Avoid chipping or splitting the area by apply a small amount of masking tape over the area you are about to hammer the hook into the wall. Nail the hook in at an angle to ensure the wall carries the majority of the weight.


Check your print is hanging straight.


Take a step back to check, then straighten as needed.


Stand back and enjoy your bespoke piece of wall art.