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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Certificates of Authenticity

Following on from our recent blog post about Limited Edition Prints, another important aspect to consider as an artist, are certificates of authenticity. These can provide your customers reassurance in your product as well as protecting the integrity of your finished print and prove a vital part in the resale of your artwork. Certificates of authenticity are designed to protect and authenticate your fine art prints, these certificates add a perceived layer of value and trust to your customer.

What is involved?

Overall, there are typically there are a certain few things that should be featured on each certificate of authenticity, this includes;

Title of the artwork: arguably one of the most important features. What’s the name of your piece?

Artist: Again, as above, one of the most vital pieces. This if your ‘stamp’ and seal of approval on the certificate. This ensures your link to the work and gives you the recognition that you deserve.

The date: This may seem an obvious aspect, but it is worthwhile to at least add the year to the certificate of authenticity.

Certificate/print number: Particularly important if your print is part of an
edition. For example print number 1 of 500 – this information should be included on each of the certificates of authenticity – every certificate will then contain a different edition number. Each print will then have the corresponding number pencilled on to provide a pair! One certificate to one print.

Material/Printer/Inks: These are other variables that can add perceived value to your piece. By detailing the substrate printed on in addition to the quality inks, this highlights and ensures the archival qualities of your fine art print.

Finally, you, as the artist should sign the certificate in addition to signing the print too! Additionally, on the certificates of authenticity that we provide, you can find a declaration of intent, signed by both the artist and publisher.

How do certificates of authenticity benefit you?

By supplying certificates of authenticity with each of your prints you show your dedication as an artist and this can make your artwork easier to sell as well as potentially increasing the sales value. By having this document linked to your work, your customers can have the confidence in purchase. Sadly, there is no guaranteed way to 100% prove the piece is authentic further down the line when it comes to reselling, however, providing a certificate of authenticity provides good reassurance where possible. In addition to this, many companies, including fine art paper manufacturers and organisations such as ArtSure from the Fine Art Trade Guild offer services where you can upload details to an online register to give an extra level of confidence.

Here at The Artist’s Print Room we can provide certificates of authenticity with each print. Please contact us to discuss your particular requirements and we will be more than happy to help.


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Hahnemühle Mill Visit

We are off on a trip! After meeting with Hahnemühle back in March at The Photography Show, we have been invited to visit the paper mill over in Dassel, Germany. We will be meeting with Henrik Bernander the Global Sales Director of Hahnemühle.

We are looking forward to our trip which is coming up in July and we are currently putting a list of questions together to ask about the paper production process and the variety of fine art papers that Hahnemühle offer. However, we would like to open this up to you too…..

Do you have any questions you would like answers to? Please send us any burning questions you may have for Hahnemühle and we will be more than happy to ask them on your behalf! Just submit your questions below.

Submit your questions for Henrik Bernander, the Vice President of Hahnemuhle
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As a Hahnemühle Certified Studio we are particularly excited about seeing the paper manufacturers headquarters.


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The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2019

The Sunday Times Watercolour competition, which is now in its 32nd year, is open for entries. This annual competition is one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions for contemporary watercolour painting and any water-based media is accepted including acrylic, gouache and inks. The competition ‘aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the medium of watercolour‘. The deadline for entries is the 17th June 2019 with the shortlist being announced on the 25th June 2019.
250 works will be shortlisted initially and these will be narrowed down and the final 100 will be selected on the 10th July. The shortlist will be selected by a panel of industry experts and there will subsequently be a touring exhibition of these final pieces.
Entries into this competition must be submitted online in the first instance, with artists submitting up to four pieces each. Entry costs are £15 per works and they must have been completed within the last three years. The competition is also only open to those living within the UK.
Take a look at previous exhibitors of The Sunday Times Watercolour competition here.
The Prizes

The following prizes are up for grabs: London Wall Partners Prize of £8,000, second prize of £3,00, third prize of £1,000 and there is also a young artist prize (those aged 30 or under) which consists of £250 and £250 worth of artist materials. Winners will also be announced in The Sunday Times Magazine and on The Sunday Times website.

The Exhibition

Following on from the above, 100 pieces will be selected for the exhibition. The touring exhibition commences in September, starting at The Mall Galleries in London. During October and November, works will be displayed in Trowbridge and will subsequently be displayed in Guilford during November through to January 2020.

Head over to the Sunday Times Watercolour competition website for full details on how to enter, including FAQ’s and the competition rules.


Have you entered the SFS Introducing from Explorers Against Exhibition competition yet? Find out more here.


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Limited Edition Giclée Prints

When reproducing your artwork, one of the major considerations often surrounding this, is how many prints should you include in your print run. There are many ‘rules’ surrounding the concept of limited edition giclée prints and here we hope to answer some of those questions to make your process much easier!

What is a limited edition giclée print?

To begin with and to put it simply, a limited edition print is a set of prints of the exact same image which will only be produced to a maximum number eg. 100. These series of prints will always look exactly the same when processes such as accurate colour correction and artwork reproduction are followed. It is also worth noting, all prints in your edition do not have to printed at the same time either avoiding the costly overheads – you can print as required (eg. when you sell a copy – see our on demand section here).

The ‘rules’

One of the most comprehensive resources surrounding this topic comes from The Fine Art Trade Guild. The Fine Art Trade Guild provides a lot of excellent guidance on how limited edition giclée printing should work. Firstly, it is recommended that a limited edition print run is kept to below 850 prints worldwide, however, you can have as few prints as you like. This also includes any artist’ proofs. But it is worth considering that the lower the edition run, the ‘rarer’ your prints will be – potentially this can be good for resale, however, the more prints produced, the higher the potential income initially. This is really for the artist to decide upon as it depends on your objectives and purpose. We can of course, help advise and give guidance if required.

The Fine Art Trade Guild also states that, ‘a limited edition print is based on an agreement between the licensor, usually the artist or artist’s estate, as a holder of the copyright, and the licensee, usually the publisher.’ The licensor should agree that no previous reproductions have been made and will not be produced again for publication. The publisher will also agree to not exceed the agreed print run which has previously been specified.

Additionally, to comply as a limited edition giclée print run, the image should not be produced in any other format, anywhere in the world. This includes on other items such as mugs or other items for example, or as a different sized print. However, there is an exception in that it can be printed for promotional purposes in items such as brochures or books.

Certificate of Authenticity - The Artist's Print Room

All print edition details should be included in the certificate of authenticity which is provided with the print included which print number the specific print is and out of how many.

You don’t always need to limit!

Alternatively, you don’t need to ‘limit’ your print production and you can produce open edition prints. Basically, this means you can print as many as you like in whichever formats you like! Again, this is your personal choice and agreements need to be put in place. However, it is worth considering the sales value and resale potential with open editions can be much less than with limited edition prints. With limited edition prints you tend to find that there is value added due to the uniqueness and exclusivity. Open edition prints are much better suited to mass production and high turnovers.


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SFS Introducing from Explorers Against Extinction

A new art competition has been released for 2019, raising vital funds for a worthwhile cause. Artists are invited to submit their works into SFS Introducing before the 19th July 2019. All works submitted will help contribute towards this campaign so why not participate?

Explorers Against Extinction

Explorers against Extinction is a wildlife conservation campaign organised by registered UK charity the Real World Conservation Trust. The primary aims of the campaign are to raise awareness about the threats facing the world’s most iconic species and their habitats while also raising significant funds for nominated projects pivotal in the battle to protect them.

SFS Introducing
A new competition to 2019, SFS Introducing invites all to submit artworks which include an endangered species (we’ve found this list on the WWF website of endangered animals.) Any artists, whether professional or hobbyist, over the age of 16, can submit their work, produced in any medium, however, the piece must be either A3 or A4 in size.
The best 100 artworks will be selected by a panel and added to the core Sketch for Survival touring collection. However, no work submitted and entered will go to waste. All will still contribute to the campaign and will be submitted to the Sketch for Survival Affordable Art Gallery which will then be sold. All pieces of art will contribute to the campaign and help raise vital funds. Everybody who submits an artwork will receive a Certificate of Participation from Explorers against Extinction.
Awards

There will also be a series of awards through the SFS Introducing competition. These include the following;

Artist of the Year: This winner will receive their award at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 14th November in addition to a £500 voucher to spend on art materials and equipment from GreatArt and a free annual subscription to either The Artist or Leisure Painter magazine.

The Leisure Painter’s People’s Choice Award; this work is chosen by the public, both through an online portal and through the exhibition tour. The winner will be featured in a Leisure Painter magazine article and will receive a £500 voucher for GreatArt. In addition to this, they will also receive an annual subscription to either The Artist of Leisure Painter magazine.
The Artist Award; will be selected by the editorial team at The Artist magazine. The judges will decide who captures the best spirit of the campaign. This winner will be featured in The Artist and will receive a free annual subscription to either The Artist or Leisure Painter magazine.
The Exhibition

Sketch for Survival along with the SFS Introducing pieces will tour the UK between September and November 2019, visiting five different venues and finishing at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Full terms and conditions and entry requirements can be found on the Explorers Against Extinction website.


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Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

The Sky Arts competition; Landscape Artist of the Year is open for entries. This competition gives you the opportunity to win a £10,000 commission for the British institution’s permanent collection in addition to £500 of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for entries is the 11th May 2019 so there is still some time to get your application together!

Stunning locations across the whole of the UK are used within this competition.

For the application process you will need to submit the following:

  1. One photograph (Low-resolution Jpeg) of a landscape painting created by You (“the Landscape Entry”) – This image must show the complete painting, and you must send no more than one image of the Landscape Entry.
  2. Photograph(s) (Low-resolution Jpegs) of at least one and up to two further works of art by Yourself (“the Additional Works of Art”) – these needn’t be landscapes, and you must send no more than one image of each Additional Works of Art You submit.
  3. One passport style photo of yourself.

You will also need to complete a short application form which includes questions such as the following;

Please tell us about your background as an artist and your other general interests and if you have won or been shortlisted for any other art competition, please specify which competition(s) and the level of your involvement.

Full entry terms and conditions can be found here. There is also plenty of advice and information on the Sky Arts website.


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Win 4 x A4 Prints on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique!

Now if you follow us on Instagram, you would have seen our latest competition which is also now open on Facebook!

We are giving you the opportunity to win 4 x A4 prints on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm. This stunning paper is a 100% cotton museum grade white fine art and photo paper. The exceptional smooth white tone is achieved during manufacturing by introducing natural minerals to the process. It has been developed to address the need for continued longevity requirements in the Digital Fine Art market. This paper offers a unique and extra smooth surface with an incredible sensual feel to it. It additionally provides one of the highest achievable Dmax currently available on the market, thus making it ideal for fine art photography, artwork reproductions and fine art printmaking.

How to enter

To enter our competition, all you need to do is share with us the image you would like printed. Just make sure you use the hashtag #TAPRWin when sharing your image on Instagram so we can see your lovely work! Alternatively, share your image on Facebook in our post comments! Then once shared, head over to our competition page to enter your details and register your entry. This competition is running from the 5th April 2019 through to the 28th April 2019 on Instagram and 13th April to the 28th on Facebook. We will select the lucky winners (one from Instagram and one from Facebook), at random, on the 29th April at 7pm! We will be in contact with the lucky winner to arrange printing of your image and shipping will be included too!

Full terms and conditions can be found on our competition page but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we can help.


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Giclée Printing Services

Here at The Artist’s Print Room giclée printing is our speciality. We offer giclée printing services for all artist and photographer requirements. Additionally, we are the only UK based fine art print studio to be certified by the three most prominent paper manufacturers in the industry; Hahnemühle, Canson Infinity and Epson Digigraphie. These three accreditations prove our outstanding quality and enables us to stay at the forefront of new printing technologies and bring you the newest and highest-quality papers.

“Giclée is a digital printing process in which an inkjet printer is used to produce a high-quality art print”

We are a ‘true artist’s giclée printer’, therefore we truly appreciate and understand that your prints must be accurate in reproducing the fine hues and subtle details of your original work. We specialise in high quality substrates and exceptional giclée printing services, regardless of your order quantity, everything is produced to an exceptional standard.

Our Fine Art Printing Process

Artwork Photography: When it comes to art reproductions, the perfect giclée print; starts with perfect capture, get this wrong and your giclée prints will never be right. Our unique style of capture produces exceptionally detailed giclée prints that you can be proud of.

Editing: Colour editing is critical, everyone sees colour differently, apart from you the artist. It’s your work, so why let someone else colour correct this for you. View live soft proofing and print proofs. With us, you are always in charge.

Giclée Printing: Perfect capture and perfect editing, along with perfect ICC colour management means perfect giclée prints time and time again. Printed onto genuine fine art papers or canvases.

Direct Shipping: We can ship direct to almost anywhere in the world, either flat-packed or in postal tubes. All carefully packaged in archival wrapping and sealed ensuring that your prints arrive in perfect condition each and every time.


The Giclée Printing Process

The giclée print process requires four important aspects which are; resolution, inks, archival quality paper/canvas and the printer.

Resolution

Images you see on computer screens are usually at 72ppi (pixels per inch), however, for a Giclée quality print, an image must be at a minimum of 300ppi when an image is being viewed at 60cm or less distance. With a minimum of 300ppi, you are guaranteed the best quality print and ensuring your final image doesn’t appear to be ‘pixelated’.

Ink

Here at The Artist’s Print Room, we only use genuine Epson UltraChrome HDX pigment inks. These particular inks have high density levels of pigment giving you the most accurate of colour reproductions. In addition to this, the genuine Epson inks guarantee longevity when combined with the other aspects involved in the Giclée printing process.

Paper and Canvas

A vital part of the process which can also seem very daunting! With so many options to select from, the most important factor here is the archival qualities of the substrate. A fine art quality paper or canvas needs to be acid free and certified to last for at least 75-100 years. We stock the widest range of Hahnemühle Fine Art papers in the UK and you can find out more about our papers and canvases here.

Printer

A Giclée printer is very different when compared to a standard desktop inkjet printer. Typically to produce a Giclée print the printer requires at least eight different inks. Our Epson SC-P9000 printer provides the most superior quality images and can produce prints up to 44″ wide!

To find out more about our printing services please visit our Giclée Printing page.


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