I think I got this printing thing worked out fairly decently now. I found the perfect paper. I got my archival varnish and now I’m just waiting on my newly designed little “Certificate Of Authenticity” cards to come in and I’ll be all set. First I’ll be doing a limited run of “Quiet Agony” which is also my avatar and logo. I’ve been asked on occasion about this drawing so I decided to release some 5×7 prints of it. Since, for now, I’ll be doing my own prints, I’m sticking with sizes that I can handle (4×6, 5×7 & 8×10) and small runs of limited editions (10-50). I’m pretty much a one woman show here so I’m trying to keep from overwhelming myself. This is a new direction for me and I’m learning as I go. So here’s to the best of new adventures and growing in my career as an independent artist. 😊
Over the past few weeks I’ve been working out the details for doing my own prints, hence the slow progress of my current drawing “Dahlia”. In the past I have ordered a few prints of some old works from a few printers and really didn’t like the quality. Plus I just like to be involved in every step of the process of my work. In other words, I’m really a DIYer. So keeping that in mind I decided to take the plunge and do the prints myself. At the moment I don’t have $500 lying around all willy nilly to just up an buy one of those wide format Epson printers that are often praised by artists who do their own prints, so I’m just working with my Canon Pixma.
Making good quality prints can get a bit involved. There’s the issue of paper quality, ink quality and preservation of the print after it has been processed. I’ve learned that for the best quality you want a printer that uses pigmented ink rather than dyed ink. Pigmented ink apparently are longer lasting compared to dyed inks, are of archival quality and have better color stability. Unfortunately my printer uses dye ink along with most office printers. At first I was discouraged but then I got to thinking, maybe there’s something I can put on a print to protect it from things like UV rays from sunlight, moisture and dust which is what pigmented inks are suppose to do. Luckily there is, it’s archival varnish spray. I don’t currently have any but I just ordered some. Lastly I need a good quality paper to print on, preferably archival paper which is acid free and lignin free. I already have a pack of Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matte Paper that I’ve been testing out. So far the prints have been turning out pretty good. I don’t know if the paper is archival though. I did some research and learned that it used to be called “archival matte”, then it was switched to “enhanced matte”. Now it’s called presentation matte. No where on the packaging does it say that it’s archival so I’m going to assume it isn’t but it still yields a really good print, which you can see in comparison to the actually drawing below. Anyhoo, I’m now on the hunt for some quality printing paper for my art. My plan is to start out with a small limited edition of 4×6 or 5×7 reproduction prints. If everything works out, I should have everything worked out, with my drawing finished and prints ready to go by the end of this month. Wish me luck. 🙏😊
I’ve been quiet as of late. Not having much to say or much on my mind. It feels as if I’m experiencing some kind of internal solitude, a need to be quiet and still, which I think is kinda freaking my hubby out, who keeps asking me, am I okay, despite telling him I’m fine. Really, I just want to unplug from the world and draw. That’s all.
My birthday passed and I’m trying to wrap my mind around the disconnect between my age and how I actually feel. They say you’re only as old as you feel. Well I don’t feel my age, do I get a pass if I choose not to act like it? 😋
In the meantime I did a short work in progress clip of me working on “Dahlia”, which you can view below. I have this and a handful of other WIP clips on my Youtube channel that you can check out here.
Blessings and peace. 🙏😊
Sometimes I just get mesmerized. If I could just stop staring at her eyes I could probably get this drawing finished.
I’ve been feeling a bit constrained by the size of the artist cards I’ve been doing. So lately I’ve been mulling over doing larger pieces. In the past I’ve done 9×12, 8×10 and 8×6, all of which are small pieces in the art world but when you’re doing pointillism with .20mm nibs, it can feel like your trying to draw a picture as large as your living room. It’s tedious and slow work. I don’t want to take forever just to finish one piece and for some time artist cards have worked tremendously well…until now. I want a little more room. So last night I dusted off my trusty cutting board and got to slicing up some drawing paper to find the perfect size. I’ve already determined that anything over 8×6 is a bit exasperating for my patience. 2.5×3.5 is the smallest I can go. I tried a 5×7 but that still seemed a bit too much. Then I tried a 4×6 and that fit just perfectly. So here’s my latest drawing that I’m working on called “Dahlia” on 4×6 Bristol board.