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Affordable Giclée Printing Services for Students 

Affordable Giclée Printing Services for Students 

If you are a university student the chances are you’re living your life on a rather strict budget, a budget that needs to cover rent, food, books and of course the frequent trips to the student bar to socialise with friends. So, the chances are many other expenses are out of the question. At The Artists’ Print Room we understand that students don’t have the same financial freedom as those who work full time or have more of an income, and so we’re doing our bit to make getting professional printing done a little bit easier.

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Whether you’re a budding artist or a studying photographer, the chances are at some point your university or college are going to want you to print out your work; this could be for an exhibition, as part of an end of year project or just to display for other students. Alternatively, you may just want to show off your work to others, hang it at home or gift it to a relative for Christmas. Whatever the reason behind needing printing services, if you are a student we are happy to offer a discounted rate for our giclée printing services.

We understand that students have a lot of things to consider, are living away from home for the first time and are faced with a lot of books and study materials to buy. So, we’re offering a 10% discount off all our services including giclée printing. This means students are able to take advantage of professional printing services at a budget they can afford.

Students, Take Advantage!

As well as offering a 10% discount on all of our services, including professional giclée printing, we also offer a free one hour introductory meeting to students to help guide them through photoshop, colour management, portfolio printing and other areas of photograph printing. From the beginning of your art and photography studies The Artists’ Print Room are with you to help you get the best shot at securing yourself a professional career in your art form of choice.

Find out more about our work with students and find out more about receiving your discount or booking an introductory meeting by getting in touch on 01746 325 911 or via our online contact form.

Expanding our range of Fine Art Giclee papers

Expanding our range of Fine Art Giclee papers

We have introduced two new papers, what I would call ‘Entry Level’ papers into our range. Made by Fotospeed they are a economic alternative to our premium Hahnemuhle , Canson and St Cuthberts Mill range. Whilst they do have a lightfastness of over 75-years, they are medium – high in Optical Brightening Agents (OBA’s) a chemical compound that absorbs fluorescent light and emits blue light, making the whites appear whiter. However at 30% less than our premium Hahnemuhle papers, they are a great choice for students through to serious amateurs.

Fotospeed Photo Smooth Pearl 290gsm

Our new range of Fotospeed papersThis is a lovely natural white smooth paper with a beautiful sheen. It’s great at lifting an image from the paper while retaining an even sheen across the whole image. It works well with colour and black and white.

This is a very popular and reliable paper for photographers.

Fotospeed Platinum Etching 285gsm

This is a 100% acid free Fine Art paper with a velvety textured surface. The paper has a natural white base of 25% cotton and 75% alpha-cellulose and used with our pigment inks your Giclee print life is more than 85 years.

This is a recent addition to the market and is a great paper for photographers and artists.

Premier Heavy-weight papers and canvasses

We have a great range of premier heavyweight papers and canvasses. We only use heavyweight substrates because we believe your images deserve the best quality to really make your images come to life.

Get in touch if you’re unsure what paper or canvas will best suit your needs, we have a wealth of experience.

Still unsure what paper will suit your images then consider getting a proof print, you’ll get to see a sample of your image, printed with our premier pigment inks on one of our stunning heavy-weight papers.

Choose from 12 Heavy-weight papers and canvases

Learn more about our full range of premier fine art papers and canvasses and their exceptional qualities.

Any questions? Looking for expert fine art printing advice then please get in touch, we’re happy to help.

All our fine art substrates have a customised ICC profile ensuring premier quality in the fine art print.

Our New 44” Epson Fine Art Giclée Printer

New 44” Epson Printer

Have you heard?

William's off to ChinaAt The Artist’s Print Room we’ve just bought a brand new 44” Epson SureColor Printer, this means you’ll be able to order even larger Giclee prints from now on. You’ll still get a quality archival Giclee print, but now you have a wider range of sizes to choose from. We know you love the quality and depth of colour and deeper blacks we create for you and felt to meet your needs further we needed to offer you a greater choice of sizes, making your Giclee prints stand out.

There is a table price list, with samples of sizes and our competitive Giclee print prices.

You know we love to chat so if you have any questions about Giclee print sizes or any of our services please give us a call on 01746 325 911

We’ve been listening to you and have made quite a few changes to our services to suit your needs, whilst continually providing you with a high level of customer service.

Don’t forget all our paper and canvas substrates are top branded heavy weight quality, you can order a sample pack.

csm_DFA-Sample-FineArtPearl_01_8379da2a3cWe are also NOW offering Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm, beautiful photo paper for high definition shadow detail in both colours and black ‘n’ whites with a pearl finish.

What else have we done?

At The Artist’s Print Room we pride ourselves on the stunning images we capture when photographing your artwork, we believe the quality of these images beats scanning. We produce large files that capture every small detail patiently painted by you, bringing all the colours of your artwork to life. Not only do we photograph your paintings, but love creating images of your 3D artworks regardless of the location challenges this can bring.

Therefore after many requests we have opened up a special Artwork Photography rate for all your paintings that are under A4 (max), so

A4 max artwork + 15mins colour correction + print proof for £35.00

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Can I photograph my own work?

untitled_untitled shoot_Artist's Print Room_sRGBThe most common question I get asked about photographing Art is: Can I photograph my own work? The answer is yes, but for Fine Art Printing the answer is typically, NO!

I get sent lots of image files for printing, 80% plus are of such a low resolution, that the prints would be no larger than a beer mat.

I’m a professional Artwork Photographer, I shoot art all day long, I know how to light it, how to stop un-wanted reflections, how to work with metallics, glossy surfaces and how to get perfect balance from corner to corner. On top of this, I know how to edit. I work directly with my artist’s, side-by-side when colour correcting, after all, its your work, not mine.

Remember that – Perfect capture leads to perfect giclée prints.

William Shakespeare – The 400th Anniversary Portrait, by Geoffrey Tristram, April 2016.

shakespeare-geoff tristram-portrait-headIn 2015, Stratford Town and District Councils asked Geoffrey Tristram, a professional artist from Stourbridge, to create a painting of William Shakespeare’s face for advertising and promotional purposes. They chose Geoffrey first and foremost because they liked his style of painting, but also because of his pedigree as an illustrator. He has been an artist and cartoonist for 40 years, working for hundreds of large companies including the BBC, Penguin Books, Winsor & Newton, Reeves, Ravensburger Puzzles, Trivial Pursuit, and Past Times, to name but a handful. He has designed and illustrated record sleeves for the likes of UB40, postage stamps (The Charles and Diana Royal Wedding, Lake Placid Winter Olympics, World Cup Football and Miss World) and painted or caricatured many celebrities including Jeremy Clarkson, Alan Shearer, and virtually every top snooker player during his 25 year stint as Embassy World Snooker’s favoured cartoonist. So, put simply, he could be trusted to make a good job of it!
DSC_1253Having successfully completed this small, initial commission, Geoffrey confessed that, as a lifelong Shakespeare fan, his dream job was to paint a brand new, large, impressive oil portrait of the Bard at his writing desk. The idea was well received, and just before Christmas 2015, the painting was begun. The artist knew full well that such a picture would bring with it a massive responsibility, and he was in no doubt that it would attract criticism, both good and bad. It didn’t help that, for such a world-famous person as Shakespeare, he didn’t appear to be overly fond of posing for artists, so there wasn’t much in the way of previous reference material to fall back upon.

Undaunted, Geoffrey set about the task in his usual forensic, obsessive way. He dug out copies of just about every existing painting, etching, wood cut, bust and statue that purported to be of the great man. He even found a death mask. They may as well have been ten different people. The etching on the first folio was apparently approved by Ben Jonson, but the drawing was naive and rather odd. There were a couple of paintings, presumably created when Shakespeare was a younger man that could have been Sir Walter Raleigh or any other Elizabethan, for that matter. Some pictures had a full head of hair, while others had none. On some, he looked thin, but on the Holy Trinity Church bust, he looks more like a jolly butcher.

DSC_1250-002It was dawning on our artist that he had maybe bitten off more than he could chew. Nevertheless, he ploughed on, comparing the images, allowing for the fact that we all get older, fatter and balder, and pictures of us taken at college seldom look like us at all by the time we draw our pension. Then Geoffrey traced out the familiar bald pate and moustache and goatee beard combination, and began to overlay it on top of the various depictions of this enigmatic man, and lo and behold, he experienced a Eureka moment. All the contenders, once so dissimilar, now suddenly began to seriously resemble each other. This gave our frustrated artist heart.

He contacted his friend, Steve Jolliffe, a graphic designer and photographer, and waylaid another friend, Simon Millichip, promising a trip to sunny Stratford and a cream tea in return for reference photographs and a body double, respectively. He then hired a costume of the correct vintage and social class at great expense, and convinced the Shakespeare Birthplace in Henley Street that they must allow him to use the house as a backdrop (they chose the room where W.S. was almost certainly born, which seemed fitting somehow). Due to a traffic jam on the M40, our intrepid band ended up with just half an hour to take all the reference photographs before the first coach-load of tourists arrived.

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400th Anniversary Portrait Giclée Print £195
Edition Size 400

Buy NowShakespeare’s face was mainly based on the first folio etching, but then Geoffrey humanised it. He wanted to create a real, living, believable human being. Meticulous preparatory drawings were done, sleep was lost and the Tristram residence driven to the edge of sanity. The artist locked himself in his studio for two months, obsessing, painting, fretting his weary hours at the easel and occasionally just sneaking back at some ungodly hour just to take another look. What looked great on a Monday was altered on the Tuesday, and duly altered again on the Wednesday until it returned to how it was in the first place. Then, round about the beginning of February 2016, he emerged paint-stained but happy. He had an answer for every potential critic about every potential bone of contention. His research had been thorough, and if anyone really thought they could do better, they were welcome to try it!

g tristram sealOne of the main reasons for painting the picture was the creation of a special edition giclee print. To this end, Geoffrey contacted Mark Parry at the Artist’s Print Room, just outside Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Geoffrey met Mark and was impressed with his attitude and dedication to producing a first class job. For many, the only reproduction of the original painting they would ever see was the print, so it had to be right. It was also important to Geoffrey that Mark was an Artist’s Trade Guild member, and as such, someone who was able to meet their high standards. The two got on famously thanks to a shared sense of humour, and the result was two editions of the image, a special edition of just 400 signed and numbered prints which was aimed at institutions, theatres, schools, colleges and the like, priced at £195 plus postage and packing, and a smaller, domestic-sized open edition at £85.

The original painting was unanimously well received by the Stratford councils, and will be displayed in the ancient town hall during the April festivities, which will see people travelling from all corners of the globe to pay homage to their literary hero. By all accounts, the yearly celebrations are always spectacular, but this year the town intends to raise its game even further, with street processions, a banquet, and a host of famous guest actors and celebrities in attendance. It has even been rumoured that royalty may well attend.

If you are interested in owning one of the prints that Geoffrey and Mark have created, take a look at their new website, www.thetristramshakespeare.co.uk where you can find more information about print sizes and substrate details, etc. You can also email Geoffrey on gt@geofftristram.co.uk if you need more information. And because there are only 400 prints available to the whole world, please remember, if t’were done when ‘tis  done, then ‘twere well it was done quickly! 

That man had a way with words, don’t you think?

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Online Giclée Print Ordering

At long last, I have joined the 21st century, I have finally set up my online shop. You can now order custom sized giclée prints online, so now more phoning your orders, well, that is, unless you do like to hear my dulcet tones.

To order your prints online  click here

 

On Location with the Amazing Donald Brown

Spent the last few days finishing off, what has been a fabulous photoshoot with the amazing sculptor Donald Brown. I was contacted by Donald, who wanted his sculpture ‘A Sporting Chance for Peace’ photographed for Giclée printing. At over 6feet wide by 4 feet high and also three dimension, it posed a number of problems.

Donald Brown_A Sporting Chance for PeaceDonald wanted it captured with shadow, He had been working with overhead lighting, which formed specific shadow detail, he also had a large open glass window, which defused the detail at certain times of the day, these shadows were very important.

After setting up I took some test shots, After testing various reflector positions, to capture that detail, Donald was Happy.

Once back in my home studio, we colour balanced and edited the image. By viewing the sculpture on my monitor we made a few minor adjustments, straightening the hockey stick, removed bur from mouths and eyes.

We tested the print on two different substrates, The Hahnemuhle Baryta and the Hahnemuhle Satin, Donald was very impressed with the feel and look and the baryta.

We next set about creating a final image, using different marble effect backgrounds, typeface and overlays, the final images where complete.

You can view, the Journey Donald and myself took here on youtube.

Purchase your Giclée prints from  Donald Brown’s Website

Introduction to Fine Art Giclee Printing Talk to The Visual Art Network, Shropshire

Artists Print Room_Giclee printing talk by Artists Print Room_MT-28_sRGBI was invited by Shropshire Visual Art Network (VAN) and Disability Arts in Shropshire (DASH) to give a presentation and talk on ‘An Introduction to Giclee Printing’, How The Artists Print Room got started, some of the technical aspects to Giclee printing, substrates available and information about the laws concerning artwork. I also talked about being the only Fine Art Trade Guild printer within Shropshire and the high quality of giclee printing and substrates I provide, with examples for the audience to assess.

Very interesting technical background to colour and substrates. Interesting to me as a photographer.

Nigel Young.

My wife Helen, an artist, was tweeting with Hahnemühle and mentioned I was doing a talk in Market Drayton on their substrates, I soon got a direct message asking if they could come along. I thought it was a great opportunity to finally meet them, as I’m currently applying for ‘Hahnemühle’s Certified Studio’ status. So Hahnemühle’s Simon Waller and Heidi Wilson attended my talk and they challenged me with a few questions. I think it was interesting to hear other viewpoints and to study Hahnemühle substrates in more detail.

Artists Print Room_Giclee printing talk by Artists Print Room_MT-19_sRGBIt was a good two hour talk, with artists, photographers and sculptures attending and all requiring different solutions to digitising their artworks. I gave a very comprehensive giclee printing talk, which produced a steady flow of questions from the artists in the audience throughout my talk on giclee printing.

What I found surprising, was the current poor examples of giclee printing the artists had brought along to show me and also their frustrations in dealing with printers. It felt really good to be able to allay their frustrations and show examples of the high standard of giclee printing I am able to offer. I also showed examples of Hahnemuhle ‘s quality papers and canvases, which was a complete eye opener to all who attended.

There were many topics I discussed including copyright, limited editions, social media and the laws that directly effect artists.

The feed back I received from the artists in the audience was immediate and overwhelming. I had such lovely comments as

Really useful session – full of all the things you wouldn’t think of or have time to ask! 

many thanks Jodie

 

Fabulously interesting and very useful- been looking for someone that can print my work as I want it & such interesting info. So very useful to my art practice so thank you. Anne Marie.

 

A very interesting evening. Mark was a very competent printer and good presenter. Would be interested in coming to another session.

Simon Walker General Manager Festival Drayton

Artists Print Room_Giclee printing talk by Artists Print Room_MT-15_sRGBOverall I believe they all enjoyed my talk on The Introduction to Giclee Printing and I’m sure we’ll get together again, so I can discuss the topics in more detail.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting such a lovely group of creatives and would love the opportunity to meet more artists. I would like to thank Carola & Hilary at Visual Art Network Shropshire and and Paula at DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire) for their overwhelming enthusiasm and in hosting the evening and providing refreshments.

So get in touch if your art group or photography group is interested in a talk about Giclee printing, I’d love to hear from you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch, by using the contact form.

Crop Ratio for Artists considering multiple sized print editions

Before you start working on your new painting or sketch or illustration, give a little thought as to how you would like it to look, in print. The reason I say this is simple, you don’t want to get small sections of your work cropped off to fit into standard sized mounts or frames.

All that hard work simply cropped off. Well, now you have your blank piece of paper or canvas or whatever substrate you use in front of you, think about the aspect (cropping).

If you take the chart below, you can see that by retaining the same aspect, you can print to your hearts content with many different sizes, without losing sections of your hard work.

Aspect Ratio for artists

Try to think about the size of prints you require? & how many different sizes?
Stick to the same crop ratio to avoid the sides or the top or bottom being cropped off. Such as:

7 x 5” = 9 x12, 15 x 21 etc..
A-Series = A5, A4, A3, A2, A1 etc…

As long as the ratio remains consistent, you won’t be forced to crop your artwork, when you ask for new size of print.

I hope this has been helpful.

Helen Parry Watercolour Artist

Our Artist of the Month

Helen Parry Watercolour Artist
Brown Hare by Helen Parry (©Helen Parry)

Helen is an extremely talented PURE Watercolour Artist from Shropshire. Helen’s painting technique is extremely rare these days, She works using only 3-primary pigments, no black and no white. All the colours used are mixed in palettes or in multiple layers, thus building up a dynamic colour range. All the whites you see are the paper. it’s quite remarkable, each of Helen’s paintings take about 35 hours to complete. Helen is also the co-founder of The Artists Print Room.

Please visit Helen’s Website Click Here