National Trust Photography Competition

The National Trust have launched their annual photography competition for an image to adorn the cover of their 2020 members handbook. It is also the National Trusts 125th anniversary, making this a super and special opportunity. Calling all photographers, both amateur or professional, why not enter this fantastic competition and be in with the chance of winning. Not only does the winner have their photograph printed for all members to see (over 5 million people) but they will also be the recipient of £1,500 credit for National Trust holiday cottages. There is also a runner up prize of £500 credit for National Trust holiday cottages.

The details

Entries are now open until the 1st September so you still have a few weeks to upload your entries. The judges are looking for a stunning image which show how the countryside and landscaped gardens or historic houses they look after can spark adventure, inspire us and change the way we feel.

Your photograph must have been taken in 2019 (you’ve still got a few weeks to take some day trips!) and be in a landscape format. You can enter up to 10 images each so there is plenty of opportunity to be in with a chance. It’s also worth noting that the focal point of the image should be in the right hand side of the picture. You can find more information about this and full terms and conditions on their website here.

To submit your image(s) to the National Trust photography competition email them to: Handbook2020@nationaltrust.org.uk and you must supply your name, email address and/or phone number and where the image was taken.


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Selling Art Online – Social Media

Selling Art Online

Following on from our last blog post, we are taking a look at selling art through social media. Most of us have an account on at least one platform, whether that’s Facebook, Instagram or another. But how can you use that to your advantage? Here we will give you our tips and advice on how to get started and what you can do to increase awareness of your work by selling directly.

Selling art through social media

There are many different platforms available; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few. However, you need to select wisely. Possibly the most common and popular for artists and photographers would be Facebook and Instagram, however, you need to consider your target audience. In 2018 there were over 44 million social media users just in the UK (and these people regularly used their social media accounts too!) Therefore, social media platforms provide a great audience to present your work to.  It’s also worth delving into the demographics of each site a little further too. For example, Facebook users are mainly female and fall within the 25-34 age category, whereas the Twitter user base is pretty much a 50/50 split between male and female. Alternatively, LinkedIn is a much more ‘serious’ platform mainly used for targeting other businesses. Consequently, the first and most important thing to consider is who your target audience is when selecting which social media accounts to set up.

Things to consider

Here are a few top things you need to consider when setting up and selling or promoting your work through social media platforms.

  • Less is more! Don’t try to have accounts on all social media platforms. Just select a couple to run with for example Instagram and Facebook (possibly the best options for artists and photographers). Creating and posting content takes time and you need to keep time free to actually create work! A couple of channels should be manageable.
  • More is less! Yes, contradictory to the above! However, you need to post regularly. In 2016 there were 95 million posts each day to Instagram alone! It’s easy for your posts to get lost in that so post regularly to keep your followers engaged. If it helps, dedicate a couple of hours throughout the week to post on social media and make sure you stick to it!
  • Set up a page on Facebook and keep it strictly business! A ‘page’ is different to your own personal profile, more like a shop front on the internet. A page makes it much easier to gain followers and it’s viewable to almost everybody. It is also vital to keep content relating to your work. Nobody wants to know what you had for dinner last night or see your holiday pictures (unless they are work related!) However, do let your personality shine through, but just remember the aim is to promote and sell your artwork or photography.
  • Interact with others. If someone leaves a lovely comment about your work, take the time to say thank you. Good manners pay dividends! It also makes you more approachable if someone would like to ask questions or understand your work further.
  • #Hashtags. Use them sparingly but still use them! A post with just one hashtag linked to it, is said to receive 12% more interaction than a post without. Write down a list of hashtags that link to your work and style that you can use regularly. Some examples may be; #watercolourartist or #landscapephotography.
  • Join other groups and do some research. Social media is a great tool for checking out other peoples work and keeping an eye on the competition. It’s also brilliant for networking by joining groups relating to the industry and receiving peer to peer reviews of your work.

These are just a few important factors to take into consideration when setting up and maintaining your profiles, however, all are very important and it’s easy to get lost and confused when starting out!

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Selling Art Online – Website

Selling Art Online

As an artist or a photographer, there are many ways to sell art online. Many decide to sell through third parties, however, there are a number of steps you can take to sell directly and take back some control of your work. Here we will give you our tips and advice on how to get started and what you can do to increase awareness of your work by selling directly.

Website

As an artist or photographer, one of the most important things you should have is your own website. A website is your little space on the internet and provides the best place to showcase your work. Creating a website can be daunting, however, there are many online platforms and packages (such as Wix, or Weebly) which provide an easy step-by-step builder which makes it simple to put together. Furthermore, websites are relatively inexpensive to build and run. If you’re still feeling slightly worried about undertaking this work yourself, you can always outsource and have a professional create your site on your behalf. It is well worth the investment and you can then run and maintain from there.

A website provides an opportunity for potential customers to see your work easily from their own home whilst giving you full control about the message you want to portray. It is also the best opportunity for your personality to shine and for people to learn more about you and your work. It is also a very good idea to give information on your style and how you work (include photographs of ‘behind the scenes’ too!) People like to learn more about who has created the piece and the stories behind the work but keep it simple at the same time!

Things To Consider

There are a few very important things to consider with your website to create the best experience (and not turn people away!)

  • Ensure your images are of a high quality and show the full piece of work you’re selling. If someone is considering a purchase, they like to be able to see in full detail what they are purchasing. If you feel necessary and are concerned about people stealing your images, include a watermark.
  • Your images also need to load quickly, a slow running website puts people off. Furthermore to this, websites are seen more favourable by search engines, such as Google, if they run quickly.
  • Ensure your spelling and grammar is correct throughout! This helps build trust and again, doesn’t put people off.
  • Check out your competition! Take a look at other artist and photographer websites, what are they doing well or not so well? It’s worth spending a fair bit of time doing some market research to understand what you are up against to really improve your chances of selling your art online.
  • Update your site regularly -perhaps through blogging online. Let people know what you are working on or how you work. It helps build a great connection between yourself and potential customers.
  • Offer a mailing list sign up. This is a great way to capture who is truly interested and provides further opportunities to market your work. You can also encourage visitors to share your work through their social media to reach an even bigger audience.
  • If you want to sell directly through your website, ensure you have a web package which offers an online shop and can take payments. PayPal is a great and simple to use platform for processing payments when selling art online.
  • In order for your website to appear high up in search engines you need to implement some keywords. Large companies spend thousands of pounds each year on doing this, however, it is something you can manage yourself. Have a think about what people would search for in a search engine to get to your website. Use these words and phrases throughout the written content on your site. Keyword optimisation really pays dividends and makes your website more obtainable.
  • Set up social media accounts for your work (we will look at social media marketing in our next post). However, in the interim, link your website to these social media accounts. Again, it’s a great and simple tool for ensuring search engines pick up your website.

These are just a few important factors to take into consideration when starting your website. All are very important and it’s easy to skip such factors.

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Stunning prints require a stunning finish

Stunning prints really deserve a special and stunning finish. So, if you’re looking for that something that’s different and extra special to finish your print, why not choose to have deckled edges? This option is available on all paper types we offer and print on. You will find that this finish can really add a special touch to both your fine art reproductions and photography work. You’ll also find that deckled edge prints give a truly expensive and exclusive looking finished product.

Deckled Edge Print - The Artist's Print RoomDeckled edge prints provide a wonderfully, beautiful finish to any print. With the gentle feathered but uneven edges, your print is guaranteed to stand out. Additionally, deckled edge prints look incredible once float mounted against a contrasting colour backing board. You will also find that this finish really adds to the texture of the cotton rag papers we offer, such as, the Hahnemühle Museum Etching. We find that the deckled edging gives the best results with with cotton rag papers, however, we can produce on any paper type. View all of our paper options here.Deckled Edge - The Artist's Print Room

We hand deckled the prints here at The Artist’s Print Room (yes, that means tearing each edge individually, by hand, one at a time!) This option is available for prints both with borders or without borders, it’s up to you which you would prefer. To order deckled edge prints, simply use our step-by-step online order form to specify your requirements.


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Gloss Fine Art Papers

So, here we will run through the gloss fine art papers we offer in addition to the textured and smooth fine art papers previously looked at.

Gloss Fine Art Papers

The most important thing to be aware of here when considering a gloss fine art paper is that when we talk about gloss, this tends to be more of a subtle lustre or satin finish. Not the high gloss on your standard photographic prints that you get produced. These finishes are much more subtle and arguably more exquisitely beautiful.

Canson® Infinity Platine Fibre Rag
Canson Platine Rag - The Artist's Print Room
©Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag

The Canson® Infinity Platine Fibre Rag is a combination of the combination of the premium 100% cotton Platinum paper that Canson has supplied for many years to the original Platinum and Platine photographic market, with the latest microporous coating. The paper contains no optical brighteners, thus not affecting the longevity of the print. An excellent choice of paper for both black and white or colour images. A 310gsm which overall provides a stunning satin finish to your image.

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Satin
Photo Rag Satin - The Artist's Print Room
©Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin

As above, this paper from but from Hahnemühle is a 310gsm,  and has a satin finish. A smooth surface and 100% cotton rag, the paper has a lovely natural white tone. A unique paper in that when you image is printed on this paper, the unprinted areas remain matt, however, the printed areas have a slight sheen. Your image almost shimmers in the light.

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl
FineArt Pearl - The Artist's Print Room
©Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl

The Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl is a 285gsm paper and provides your prints with a sensational pearl finish. This paper isn’t cotton rag like others previously mentioned, it’s a 100% a-cellulose paper (which is wood pulp) and has a bright white tone. Due to this bright white, prints will have impressive colour contrasts and the black in your images will have an incredible depth.

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Baryta
Photo Rag Baryta - The Artist's Print Room
©Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta

Photo Rag Baryta is a 315gsm, 100% cotton paper and the ‘glossiest’ paper we offer. Using barium sulphate in the inkjet coating, ensuring the typical gloss that makes this paper a genuine replacement for traditional Baryta papers from analogue labs. The coating on this paper provides a water resistance and the tone of the base paper lends well to black and white prints.

ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk
Ilford Fibre Silk 310gsm

The ILFORD Galerie Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm is a stunning traditional fibre based substrate. This fine art paper has both the look and feel of a traditional baryta paper which many artists and photographers love. With a high quality finish, it produces stunning black and white images in addition to colour prints, thanks to its excellent sharpness and wide colour gamut.

 


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Smooth Fine Art Papers

So previously we looked at textured fine art papers, but how about smooth fine art papers? All the papers listed below have a matte finish which are ideal for both photographers and artists for artwork reproductions.

Smooth Fine Art Papers

When paper is produced in the paper mill, smooth fine art papers are created with a much more smooth felt in comparison to the textured papers, this then produces the surface on the finished product. A smooth fine art paper can often be a good go to when just starting out or often used with portrait photography. It’s important to remember that when a paper is described as smooth it is not completely devoid of texture though!

Hahnemühle Bamboo
Hahnemühle Bamboo - The Artist's Print Room
©Hahnemühle Bamboo

This Bamboo paper is made from 90% bamboo fibres and the additional 10% is made from cotton. More environmentally friendly than the cotton papers due to the fast growing bamboo, this paper has a lovely warm white colour to it. Due to it’s tone, it is ideal for warm coloured prints and monochrome images.

Canson® Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm
anson® Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm - The Artist's Print Room
©Canson Infinity Rag Photographique

This paper from Canson is 100% cotton and has an exceptional smooth white tone. During the manufacturing process, natural minerals are added and therefore give this tone to the paper. A very unique, smooth surface, however, there is still a tactile element to the paper which you can see in the close up image. This paper provides one of the highest achievable Dmax on the market, therefore making it a perfect solution for both fine art photography prints and art reproductions.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White
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©Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White

Hahnemühle’s most famous paper is probably their Photo Rag and this paper is a brighter version of their Photo Rag 308gsm. As above, a 100% cotton paper but with a bright white tone. A smooth surface, this paper can really make your colours ‘pop’ and really add definition to black and white imagery.

 


 

 

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Textured Fine Art Papers

Some may think that textured papers are just for artists, but this is not the case! Textured fine art papers can really add something a little special to your photography work too. However, with so many paper options to choose from, it can always be a difficult decision of which to go for. Here we are going to look at and give you a run down of the textured fine art papers we offer.

Textured Fine Art Papers

When paper is produced in the paper mill, textured fine art papers are created with a much more coarse felt, this then produces the texture on the finished product. The surface of these papers can then highlight any texture within your image, whether that be photography or an art reproduction. These papers tend to more closely represent traditional watercolour papers with a pleasant feel adding more tactile qualities to your work.

Hahnemühle Museum Etching
Museum Etching - The Artist's Print Room
©Hahnemühle Museum Etching

This paper is mould-made and 100% cotton with a natural white colour. The etching paper features a distinct textured surface which gives a special touch, feeling like a genuine artists paper. A heavy 350gsm fine art paper which meets the highest industry standards and producing excellent colour sharpness. Due to it’s very beautiful texture, it is similar to traditional etching papers and is a great option when reproducing these prints.

Hahnemühle William Turner
©Hahnemühle William Turner
©Hahnemühle William Turner

The William Turner paper from Hahnemühle is heavily textured albeit a much finer texture when compared to the Museum Etching paper.  A 310gm mould-made paper, again similar to the Museum Etching as it is 100% cotton. The William Turner has a natural white colour and is ideal for reproductions of traditional artworks and expressive photography reproductions. The paper also offers a water resistant coating.

Canson Infinity Arches Aquarelle Rag
©Canson Infinity Aquarelle Rag

This 310gsm textured paper from Canson contains no optical brighteners. Again a mould-made paper which is 100% cotton and a natural white colour. A traditional watercolour paper with a unique surface texture and an inkjet coating. Canson Infinity Aquarelle Rag gives a unique and unrivalled character to the fine art reproduction of traditional artwork and photographs.

St Cuthberts Mill Somerset Velvet Enhanced White
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©Somerset Velvet Enhanced

Once again, a 100% cotton paper, however, this time from the St Cuthberts paper mill. A 330gsm paper with a velvet, textured surface. The texture of this paper will lift images, giving them a beautifully elegant fine art feel and ideal for both artists and photographers alike.

 

 


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The Discerning Eye Exhibition

The 2019 ING Discerning Eye annual exhibition is now open for entries. This annual exhibition which has been running since 1990, is a show of small works which has been independently selected by six prominent figures from the art world.

Overall, this exhibition provides the opportunity for lesser-known artists to have their works hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. The works are judged by six individuals from the art industry which is made up of two artists, two collectors and two critics, some of which are; artists Gill Button and Charlotte Hodes, collector; Tim Rice and the critic; John Penrose.

The closing date to submit your entries is 7th September 2019, so there is still plenty of time! There are some basic rules you need to be aware of before submitting your work though; the exhibition is only open to residents of the UK and you can submit up to six pieces of work. This includes both 2D and 3D pieces. Each submission costs up to £15, however, there are discounts available on this depending on how you submit your work, more information can be found here. Furthermore, you work must be for sale if entering. To submit your works you can there are drop off points across the country, these all take place during early September and the locations include; Penzance, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Plymouth, Exeter and more!

Prizes

Not only will the selected work be exhibited in the Discerning Eye exhibition held at the Mall Galleries in London between the 14th and 24th November 2019, but there are some big prizes up for grabs, including;

ING Purchase Prize – £5,000
Founder’s Purchase Prize – £2,500
Chairman’s Purchase Prize – £1,000
Meynell Fenton Prize – £1,000
Humphreys Purchase Prize – £750
Wright Purchase Prize – £500
DE Sculpture and 3D Work Prize – £250
Regional Prizes of £250 each
for outstanding entries from the Northern Ireland, Scotland, North, Wales, Midlands, East Anglia, South West and South East regions
St Cuthberts Mill Award – £200 worth of paper
Parker Harris Mentoring Prize
Parker Harris will give a one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist
To find out more information and how to submit your works, visit the exhibition information here. You can also view previous works through the Discerning Eye website.

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Bespoke Greetings Cards

Did you know that you don’t just have to have your work reproduced as standard prints? You can also create bespoke, stunning greetings cards from your art or photography. By having your image printed on a card, you’re really giving loved ones something bespoke, personal and special. You could take your favourite holiday image, whether this be either a photograph or a painting of the scenery and turn it into greetings cards that your recipient can keep and frame.

Our greetings cards are digitally printed using pigment inks and FSC approved acid free 300gsm card. This allows you to order quantities as low as six-cards per design, provided they are on the same substrate (we also provide discounts for larger quantities). We offer various sizes including; 6×4″, 7×5″ or 8×5.6″ all available as either portrait or landscape (folded along the long side or short side). Additionally, we can produce square cards for something a little different which are 145x145mm. Each greetings card can be printed either with or without a border and we also include a small thumbnail on the back of each card of your work and also the image title, your name and website address.

But, the best bit! You don’t need to worry about downloading a template and having to layout the design yourself! We are happy to take that pressure away from you. Once you upload your image through our online ordering system we will design and proof your greetings cards (free of charge!) Of course, we will send you a proof for approval before going to print ensuring you’re happy with your personalised product. Our minimum order is just six greetings cards per design and all are provided with corresponding envelopes and are sent to you flat packed and pre-creased so your cards are ready for their handwritten note and then the postbox!

Turnaround time for greetings cards printing is between three and seven days, however, this can be slightly longer at peak times so please check with us if you’re working to a tight deadline.


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ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk

Following on from our exciting news that we’ve been accredited as an ILFORD Certified Print Partner, we would like to bring you a new fine art paper option for your fine art prints; ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk.

ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk

The ILFORD Galerie Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm is a stunning traditional fibre based substrate. This fine art paper has both the look and feel of a traditional baryta paper which many artists and photographers love. With a high quality finish, it produces stunning black and white images in addition to colour prints, thanks to its excellent sharpness and wide colour gamut.

Ilford Fibre Silk 310gsm

The ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk features an inkjet layer coated directly onto a true baryta (barium sulphate) layer and fibre base to produce images with exceptional gamut for vivid colour reproduction as well as creamy whites and velvety blacks for the unique look of traditional silver halide photo paper. This paper also creates high definition images with an extended tonal range and excellent archival properties making it a must for exhibition quality prints. This versatile media is perfect for colour images with vibrancy and depth or for producing a sympathetic re-creation of a traditional black and white images. As with true black and white images, the photographer can create the look of chemically toned sepia, gold, selenium and blue images but unlike chemical toning, the number of variations are only limited by the photographer’s imagination.

ILFORD

ILFORD was founded in 1879 and since then has been a name people associate with photography. The company has evolved over the years, however, their drive and passion to provide customers with world class products is still as strong as it was over 140 years ago.


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