Making prints or limited editions from your
original art can be easy, fun & successful!
…especially if you dig your printer!
Artists often ask me about the best ways to produce quality prints from their original works, or where to go when they want quality images that will hold their value and color over time... so this week, I headed down to Portsmouth Print to meet Ms. Emily Brackett to talk shop and make a limited run from an original painting, and of course, to share the experience!
You have finished your painting…now what?
•Remember though, software can only make SOME improvements... having the best source file possible will make the print and the process the smoothest, and achieve the best results!
I emailed the digital file of my work ahead of time and then made an appointment with Emily to secure a block of quality time with her to go over my concerns and the costs and paper options. I also brought the original work along with me to compare to the first artist proof against it because of my desire to match the original colors of the painting as close as possible.
You will need to make a choice as to what kind of paper you'd like to print on, and what size you'd like to print the final image... it was important to me to leave a substantial border for a signature and for ease of custom framing options, and work with a printer that would accommodate those needs. Different papers yield different results, and the costs can vary a great deal. If you choose a higher quality archival artist paper, you will have to pass that increase in cost along to your customer, but what they get in return is a longer lasting and better quality image, to me, well worth the couple extra bucks. The texture of the paper can mimic a canvas or watercolor paper effectively in many ways and having an expert on hand that understood that it was important to my printed vision was vital.
I signed the print below the image on the bottom right, labeling it as an "artist proof" or "AP" and Emily gently backed it, and slid it into a clear sleeve, ready to go to a customer, an art fair bin, or back to the studio protected. In the past, I've relied on a few online services to sell prints and products in the royalty market and the drawback of that option is not ever knowing the quality that my clients are getting...never being able to inspect or sign the work leaves it rather impersonal and nearly valueless as a future asset for the buyer.
If you are an artist or photographer looking for someone reliable and knowledgable (which you should be!) to be a partner with you for your adventures in the art market, this is your place and Emily is your gal Friday. The studio is a hidden gem (literally, hidden.) in Portsmouth New Hampshire…I almost didn't want to share my fantastic experience in this blog for fear that I will have to share her with more artists now! Not only does she produce wonderful work with a smile, she also led me to a commission and hooked up MODspoke with a free link on her website (because, artists.)
I am pretty sure I can't have an art career without her now.
- Erin Thomas
Art, Culture, Unity and Soul