Your artwork is printed on a 24" Epson 7800 Professional printer, using 8-color
archival Epson UltraChrome K3 pigments.
TO ORDER: Bring your art to Huntsville Art
League at Lowe Mill (map below) Studio 2013, North wing, and drop off. Leave a note with your name and phone number, and what you want
done, including SIZE and QUANTITY. Do NOT pay. In a day or two, I will shoot
the copy, (copy pricing here) and
make the prints. I will call you when it is finished. Normal
printing time is about 2 weeks, but I can meet almost any deadline.
[See "What is a
|MATCHING: If you want a very
close match to the original, it must be available, and a $20 testing fee
will apply, per original. 99% of artists are happy without this
step. Just be aware that exact color / contrast match of a
reproduction to an original is NOT automatic. See the FAQs' for more
PRINT MEDIA CHOICES
There are 2 options:
1. Giclee on
Somerset Velvet: This is printed on a heavy, 100% cotton fine-art
paper. Archival rating is over 100 years. (More info
on this paper is below)
Epson Exhibition Canvas is a heavy, water-resistant material for high
resolution images. (More below)
discounts apply per each Image, not the order)
Shortest side of canvas cannot
(Max size is 20" x XX")
On delivery you will have to mount the picture on a stretcher.
(Any frame shop or Hobby Lobby can do this)
It is also highly recommended that you laquer spray the print.
|Glossy Print 8x10 for Jurying ................$5.00
Delivery of CD via USPS .................. varies with size
~~More info on PRINT
free to preserve fine art and photos
cotton rag for long term durability
white surface for vivid color reproduction
black images for prints with exceptional contrast
g/m² basis weight on rolls for versatility
surface for rich details and accurate reproduction
Also known as "Somerset Velvet Radiant
White". This mould made paper (the closet machine process to handmade) comes from the
St. Cuthberts Mill which is the only commercial papermill now surviving near Wells in
Somerset, England. Somerset Velvet was formulated in the early 1990's in association with
Legion Paper as one of the world's first digital papers for use in the giclee
industry. It soon became the most popular digital fine art paper in the world. SV is
100% cotton, acid-free, with a slightly textured velvet finish (vellum) that is similar to
a watercolor paper. SV is radiant white and delivers long-lasting prints when printed with
EPSON Archival UltraChrome Pigment Ink.
Whether the application is photographic
portraiture or fine art reproduction, Exhibition Canvas Satin will satisfy even the most
demanding professional by providing both the finest image quality as well as a vehicle for
enhanced artistic creativity. Made from a durable blend of 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton,
this unique heavyweight, quality canvas utilizes a tight weave that is ideal for
photographic and fine art reproductions. It offers a high resolution coating that is
pliable enough to withstand stretching without sagging, and displays a subtle texture for
a true artistic look and feel. Combined with incredible color reproduction,
Satin provides a high gloss finish, instant dry versatility, and water resistance to allow
for all applications that require the highest image quality and an archival display life.
|What is a Giclée?
Giclée pronounced zhee-clay is French, and the literal
translation is: to spray. History: in the
early 1960s, Iris (inkjet) technology was developed as a proofing process for lithos. The
process was improved through the mid-1980s by pioneers like Graham Nash (yes, of the rock
group Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young!) who developed inks that expanded the color gamut
and longevity of the print, till Iris printing became a viable fine arts medium. That
technology has trickled down to our present day inkjet printers. However there
are differences between a Giclée and an ordinary inkjet print, which are
subtle, but significant.
The original is photographed on a high-resolution digital camera.
That file goes to the printer. Now, one problem with a desktop printer is its use of dye-based ink.
Dyes are small, simple molecules, susceptible to UV radiation and pollution. Pigments, on
the other hand, are ground up minerals. They are much larger, more complex, and break down
more slowly. (This is what the originals are painted with.) Until recently, inkjets
have not been able to force pigments through the printer nozzle. However, they have solved
this problem by encapsulating each tiny fragment of pigment (1/10,000 mm in size) in
resin. The Giclée printers images have been rated at over 130 years before
beginning to fade. This is much longer than lithos, and even some watercolors. The Giclée
printer can also print on the same archival fine art paper that the watercolorist uses.
Other advantages of a Giclée over a litho: there is no screen
dots of the Giclée are much too close together to be seen. It uses 8 colors
instead of 4, and can be sold for a higher price than a litho. Best of all, it can be made
on demand, not in lots of 1000!
1. How do I pay?
I leave a bill with the final
You can mail me a check, or put a check in the dropbox on my shelf. If you want to charge it, let me know and I will
send you an email with a link to PayPal. You do not need an
account with them to use your CC.
2. What does the optional $20 testing fee
represent - when we leave the original?
99% of the artists like the print they get... I have been printing
photographs for more than 40 years. The print you get is promised to be
GOOD. That means the color and contrast is pleasing, and
natural. That doesn't mean the color/contrast will be a perfect MATCH
to your original. Unless you are viewing them side by side,
you probably wouldn't know the difference. To get all the colors to
match exactly, much more testing is needed. I have to
bring the original
home, and tweak each color one by one. Only 1% of artists feel this is
of fine art is an art in itself. It is not automatic.
It is influenced by: the color, contrast, and reflectivity of
the original; color and intensity of the light source when
photographing; camera optics and electronics; computer monitor
calibration; the exact combination of printer, paper and ink that is
used; and the light quality when viewing the final print.
There are no absolute standards for ANY of the above! For a more
detailed discussion of fine-art reproduction, download
3. Can you make a copy if the original is in
a frame, behind glass?
YES! I have special polarized lights which
cut out reflections.
4. Can I ask for borders?
I usually leave at least an inch on paper
prints for the framer to mount the print to the mat. I also
leave a 1.5" border on canvas prints, for stretching. You
can get even larger borders, on request, for a small fee.
5. What is the pickup / delivery schedule?
in and out all the time. There is not a set schedule. If you
have a rush job, call me at 256-457-5586 and let me know. I can
usually get it done.
Lowe Mill's hours are
Wed - Sat 12-6
Huntsville, AL 35805