Inkjet printers have made it very easy for Artwork to be reproduced as prints, personalised stationery to be created and designs to be transferred to t-shirts and labels – all from the comfort of your own home. In this section we offer surfaces that are compatible with these printers to achieve great results for your Art & Craft projects. We also offer a couple of specialist surfaces that produce prints directly from objects using only the sun!
What surfaces are good for printed reproductions of Artwork? Whether you wish to sell or display your Artwork as prints or cards, you will want to achieve the best possible print and, quite possibly, on a textured surface that will mimic the original painting surface. Of course, the choice of printer will determine the quality of the print but so will the paper. Surfaces such Bockingford Inkjet, Somerset Enhanced Paper and Fredrix Inkjet Canvas have been specially treated to allow the ink to sit nicely on the surface for brilliantly crisp, excellent quality inkjet or giclée prints.
What is the difference between giclée and inkjet prints? Although both are produced on an inkjet printer, a print has to have several qualifying factors to make it a giclée. 1. The paper has to be a high quality, archival surface designed especially for inkjet printing. 2. The resolution of the digital print file must be at least 300 – 600dpi (dots per inch) 3. The ink has to be pigment based rather than dye-based, lightfast and will come in a larger range of colours than the basic Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black of a standard printer 4. The printer has to accommodate 8 to 12 separate ink cartridges and be able to process large digital files. Printers of this standard are usually large format and, therefore, quite an investment.
What is Sunography? These products are surfaces treated with light sensitive chemicals such as those used in the early days of photography. When an object is placed on the sheet and exposed to a good amount of sunlight, the surface reacts to produce a ‘print’ of the object.