Friday, March 2, 2012

Painting and Printing

So last I left off about printing, I was testing several papers and researching printers.  The paper issue has been solved, a printer has been chosen, and terms have been clearly defined! 

I've recently learned that using the term "print" for paintings being being printed on paper from printers is inaccurate.  It sounds a bit confusing but after an article I read, it all made sense.  The term print was used well before the times of the common inkjet printers for older presses and technology.  In the art world, a "print" is of these older technologies and is not defined by anything produced from a modern inkjet printer.  Instead, images created using an inkjet are known as reproductions.  If a simple analogy would suffice... the misuse of the word print is grossly abused by the modern society in a striking similarity to what the modern society constitutes as a vampire. Yikes!!!

And now onto printers and paper...  I've chosen an Epson Stylus 1400.  It's a slightly older model but the price tag of 300 instead of 900 just made sense to me.  The work it produces is incredible and can "print" border less in sizes up to 13"x19".  User defined sizes, non-border less are up to 13"x44".  There has been some debate over inks and the archival qualities of other companies, so I've settled on the claria inks of this printer because of the existence of independent testing and scientific information provided to the public.  The paper I've chosen I found at Central Camera.  It is the Canon Infinity Arches Aquarelle Rag 240 gsm paper.  Fancy words aside, it's a highest quality watercolor paper designed for inkjet printers!!!  It is perfectly amazing!!!  I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I viewed the first image digitally printed onto it.

Well, that is enough blah blah blah for now.  Here are a couple more paintings to look at.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting... I didn't know the difference between "print" and "reproductions".