Digital and Mixed Media Processes

Arches’ Oleo (Oil) Paper

Arches’ Oleo (oil) paper is a new product that has me very excited. It is a paper that has gesso blended into the paper structure. This means that you can use Oil Paint and Oil Pastels directly onto the surface without the need of a gesso coating...

Color Management : Color Gamut and Profiles

Color Gamut has become one of those over used terms in the world of color printing which deserves a bit of time to explain. I have encountered many customers who ask “Which inkjet paper has the widest or greatest color gamut?” Which paper has the darkest, richest black?..

Which is printer is better? Canon or Epson?

When considering the purchase of a new printer, it is wise to consider maintenance issues, total cost of ownership and overall features before making a final decision. Some printers may appear competitively priced, only to cost more time and money in terms of maintenance and lack of features. While both Epson and Canon offer quality printers, here are six facts to consider before deciding between an Epson and Canon printer...

How To Separate Awagami Kozo Double Layered Inkjet Paper

Awagami's Kozo paper is double layered; the top layer is made of "Kozo" - durable plant fibers made from the Kozo plant. The bottom layer is made from wood pulp. When separated, the top layer becomes an extremely thin, durable print reminiscent of traditional oriental scroll paintings...

Texture Is Your Friend

Exploring different inkjet papers can make digital printing not only fun, but an area of exploration unlike anything we have ever experienced. Some people shy away from papers with texture because they don't know what the results will be and are uncertain of what might happen. It is amazing and an eye-opening experience to print the same image on different types of inkjet media...

Museum Glass and Optical Brighteners

Part of taking control of your digital images is recognizing what the nature of the media is you are printing on and how it affects your presentation. Optical Brighteners, also known as OBA's, are a hot button topic amongst digital printing professionals. Some people will not use papers containing optical brighteners as they don't deem papers that contain them "museum or gallery quality...

Inkjet Paper - Weight vs. Thickness

A common misconception is that the letters GSM on boxes of inkjet paper refer to the thickness of the paper. This of course is not true. GSM or g/m2 stands for Grams per Square Meter and is a measure of weight not thickness...

Optical Brighteners (OBA’s) – Good or Bad?

Many customers ask us, “What paper is going to give me the brightest white?” The easy answer is “The paper that contains the most optical brighteners.” Paper With Optical Brighteners Exposed to Ultraviolet Light Paper Without Optical Brighteners Exposed to Ultraviolet Light Since we don't use white ink in our inkjet printers, the brightest point in our images is going to be determined by the white point of the paper we use...

Thoughts on Archival Permanence

One of the more commonly asked questions in digital printing is, "What is the archivability of the paper I am using?" How long your prints will last depends on how you handle, present and display them more than the any inherent archival properties that might be in the paper itself. The reality is that all high quality name brand inkjet papers don't really have anything in their chemical makeup that isn't archival...

How to Make Digital Negatives

by Ron Reeder and Christina Z. Anderson Excerpt from Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes © Christina Z. Anderson 2013, all rights reserved...

Photography and Encaustic

The encaustic process when used in photography refers to applying hot beeswax over a photographic image. This wax can be pigmented with color or remain white or creamy beige and it can give the image an intriguing surface and density. In the world of alternative photography, anything old is new again...

Platinum/Palladium Over Gold Leaf on Vellum

Late in 2007 I was feeling antsy after a long binge of inkjet printing. I'd just finished a color project that was presented strictly as larger inkjet prints. The project was rewarding and the prints looked great but a change-of-gears was definitely in order...

Handcoloring Inkjet Papers

My choice of the Moab papers is the Entrada Rag Bright White. It has a smooth, toothy feel similar to a traditional hot press watercolor paper and it's made in the USA of 100% cotton that is acid free and lignin free. The bright white surface renders vivd color and exceptional details in the print and because of its pure white bright surface, it is an outstanding paper for printing B&W images...