Deckled Edge Prints

If you’re looking for that something that’s extra special to finish your print, why not choose deckled edges? This option is available on all paper types we print on. You’ll find that it gives a truly expensive and exclusive looking finished product.

Deckled Edge Print - The Artist's Print RoomDeckled edges 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 our paper options here.Deckled Edge - The Artist's Print Room

We hand deckled the prints here at The Artist’s Print Room and this optionis available for prints both with borders or without borders. To order, simply use our step-by-step online order form to specify your requirements.


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How to sign your fine art print

Questions regularly crop up surrounding signing fine art prints, therefore, we have put some tips together for you to help explain the most common practices in the industry.

The Importance

Firstly, the most important thing to remember is, it’s really down to you! You’re the artist, it’s your work that you have spent time creating. Signing your print can generally increase the sales price, this Huffington Post article from 2011 suggests the value can be increased by at least two times. Additionally, your work is something to be proud of and you should therefore put your name to the piece and claim your rights as the artist.

Signing should be an automatic part of the production process and should be one of the first things you do once receiving your prints (after unwrapping the packaging, of course!) Also, by signing your prints, you are giving your approval of the work.

Signing The Print

Traditionally, prints are signed at the bottom, in the margin, as follows;

  • The left hand corner details the edition number and edition size (if applicable). For example, edition number 4 of 50 would read as 4/50.
  • In the middle, you would add the title. Again, this is only if applicable. Not all artists title their artwork.
  • The right hand side is where the most important thing comes; the signature. Your signature is your brand, be creative and distinctive. We would highly suggest not using your day to day signature that you use for things such as banking.  For creative inspiration, take a look at this list of artist signatures.
  • Make sure to your sign within the width of your print area and stay away from the edges of your border, otherwise your framer may be forced to mount over or cut away your signature during the framing process.

This general guide and industry standard can be seen in both artwork reproductions and fine art photography prints.

Tools For The Job

When is comes to which implement to sign with, we would suggest using a pencil on matt papers such as the Hahnemühle Museum Etching.Here at The Artist’s Print Room, we always recommend a mechanical pencil such as a Pentel P209 with a 2B lead. However, for other papers with a gloss coating such as the Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag, do not sign with a regular ball point pen or maker pen! It’s vital to use a pen which is archival and acid free. One excellent choice would be the Sakura Pigma Pens. Using such pens will ensure the ink doesn’t fade or discolour subsequently affecting your print.

As an alternative or even as an addition to hand signing, you could emboss your print to add a really special extra touch.

Certificates of Authenticity

To supplement your signed print, why not compliment it with a Certificate of Authenticity? Find our more in our previous blog post.


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6 reasons why should you use a fine art printing company

As an artist or photographer, there is always the option of taking any printing requirements you have in house and completing this process yourself. This can be a daunting experience and often you’re left wondering, where to start? However, why not let that hassle be taken away? Of course, we believe you should use a fine art printer for your work whether you’re a photographer or an artist, but here are 6 reasons why we truly believe this is the best and most convenient way of producing your art.

1. Real, honest and bespoke advice

We see thousands of pieces of artwork and photography every single year, therefore we believe we are in the best place to give you honest and truthful advice when you need it. Experience and knowledge comes from our involvement over the years. We can assist in colour correction and advise on how it is best to print your artwork or photography.

2. Knowledge and understanding of colour and workflow processes

Printing is our day job! Why waste time having to solve the problems yourself? We’ve probably encountered the issue before so can generally have a quick fix with any technological problems. Spending time on understanding printers and colour calibration is not what you really want to be doing. Giving you more time to create your beautiful artwork. Also, we are the only print studio in the UK to be certified by the three biggest paper manufacturers; Hahnemühle FineArt, Canson Infinity and Epson Digigraphie consequently proving our expertise in the industry.

3. Options – and lots of them!

Why spend a fortune on purchasing different types of paper? You may want to use different papers for your different subjects; which can be an expensive overhead. We have an extensive variety in stock at all times so we guarantee you will be able to find the perfect paper for your print when ordering with us. Also, if you need advice or guidance on selecting the best substrate for your print, just ask! We will always be more than happy to help. We use the best quality materials and inks and the cost savings of this are passed on to you. Additionally, it’s unlikely for most people to invest in printers that can produce fine art prints much bigger than A3, therefore by using a fine art printing you are not limited in your print size. Our printers here at The Artist’s Print Room go up to 44″ wide!

4. Technical knowledge

Sometimes, printing isn’t a straight forward process. We’ve all had the dreaded paper jam! But imagine that with heavenly but expensive fine art paper – we take care of all those pesky handling issues that you could encounter when printing at home. In addition to this, we are meticulous about colour and calibration – ensuring that our systems are working accurately. This is a time consuming process which we take care of. Our business is print, therefore we aim to always stay ahead of trends and new technologies.

5. Care and understanding

Our passion is stunning art and photography, therefore, we understand how important it is to get the final print perfect every time. We care greatly that you will be more than satisfied with the finished product and endeavour to spend as much time as it takes to get each print right, every single time. You may be able to produce prints at home, but sometimes you can’t get them just quite right. Again, this is where we can assist in taking that pressure off you.

6. Ease and convenience

Probably one of the biggest benefits! When using a fine art printer, we can do everything for you. You can purchase a stunning mounted or framed print from us. This ensures your final piece is ready to hang as soon as it’s delivered to you. Our simple online ordering form allows you to work through all the printing options we have in an easy step-by-step process. Therefore, once your print has been ordered, you can sit back and relax until it arrives!


Overall, not only are you purchasing a final print from us,  you’re investing in many years of our expertise and experience. So overall, there are our top 6 reasons why we believe you should use a fine art printer for both your art reproductions and photography printing requirements. What other struggles do you see in printing your own work at home? Let us know and we would love to be able to show you how we can help!

Meet The Artist – Victoria Coleman

Happy New Year to everyone, we hope you’re settling in well and had a good start to 2019! We are continuing with our ‘Meet The Artist‘ articles this year. This week we have the talented Victoria Coleman answering some questions for us. How adorable are the dogs?!

Victoria Coleman Portrait


When did you first discover your passion for art and painting?

Like most artists I loved loved painting and creating things from an early age and I was fortunate that my parents encouraged this, they even let me paint on the walls of bedroom!

Where do you get your inspiration from and what inspires you?

All sorts of things inspire me, a gallery could come up with a theme or someone could commission me to paint their dog with a great idea, I’m constantly looking for new ideas on social media and the internet or even my own dogs can inspire a collection!

©Victoria Coleman
©Victoria Coleman

How would you describe your style?

My style is a mix between realistic and illustrative, I used to paint Disney characters and I think that has influenced my style quite a bit.

What makes you different from other artists?

I use Bristol paints which is a water based paint used by scenic artists, I work in layers building up the detail, I also used an air brush to give my work depth.

What do you think is unique selling point?

Humour, just like people animals especially dogs have a sense of humour so I like to inject that into my work occasionally, I like to think my paintings will lift your spirits and make you smile. 

What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to chosen medium?

It’s not so much the medium but more the subject which I find most challenging. I do a lot of portraits so especially when I’m working on a commission it’s vital I capture the likeness and spirit of the subject which sometimes can be very difficult.

Candy Girl ©Victoria Coleman
Candy Girl ©Victoria Coleman

What would be your career dream? What project would you love to be able to complete one day?

To have a workshop in the garden, currently I work in the kitchen which can be very frustrating sometimes, I want to be able to spread out and have lots of projects on the go all around me! Ultimately I’d like to paint my own dogs but I never seem to have time, I’m also a little afraid I won’t do them justice!

Did you have another career prior to this? If so, what was it?

A prop maker, it was a great job, I worked in all sorts of fields from costume props for Star Wars and Gladiator to painting Disney sculptures for their flagship stores.

Where would you like to see yourself in 10-15 years’ time?

Still alive! Both my parents died in their 50’s and I’m going to be 50 next year so if I’m still around in 10-15 years’ time I hope I’ll still be creating….in my garden workshop!

©Victoria Coleman
©Victoria Coleman

What is your typical day like?

I get up at 6am and check my emails and do a bit of social media marketing while having a cup of tea, I also take a moment to watch YouTube videos of other artists and business owners and try to pick up tips on how to expand my knowledge, then I take my dogs for a walk.

After everyone’s had breakfast I’ll get on with either wrapping any bought work or listing work online in my shops or photographing work to be listed. Then I need to get on with whatever artwork I have on the go, I like to be painting/ sculpting by 11 o’clock at the latest.

I love listening to crime thriller audio books when I work, the narrator Jeff Harding really gets me in the mood to paint!

After lunch I’ll carry on painting or sculpting till tea time, my lovely neighbour takes my dogs for their afternoon stroll which really helps me focus and get in the zone..

We’ve recently adopted a kitten so there’s a queue for dinner around 6pm so I’ll feed the dogs and cat then do a little more work until about 7-7.30. Then I’ll have my dinner, I might do a bit more marketing in the evening if I get a chance.

What do you love the most about your job and what do you hate the most?

I’m happiest when I’m creating, I love the processes and the freedom to paint whatever I want and I hate never having enough time, being a small business owner means having to do everything yourself so I’m constantly having to learn new things which takes up a lot of time.

©Victoria Coleman
©Victoria Coleman

How do you relax after a long day?

In the evening I like to sit on the floor with a glass of wine and watch Midsummer Murders or Vera or Netflix while playing with the dogs…..lovely!


Well, we certainly believe Victoria’s paintings lift our spirits and make us smile! To view more of Victoria’s work you can visit her website, Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter accounts.

 

 

Meet the Artist – Tat Effby

In our most recent blog article series, Meet the Artist, we have spoken to hilarious cartoonist and illustrator; Tat Effby. She had us in stitches with some of her responses!

When did you first discover your passion for art and drawing?

I’ve always been a doodler but I didn’t fully commit to being a cartoonist and illustrator until about 5 years ago.

Where do you get your inspiration from and what inspires you?

Inspiration for my cartoons comes from anything, anywhere and anyone – so just be careful what you say when I’m in ear shot because you might find yourself immortalised in a badly drawn joke.

©Tat Effby

How would you describe your style?

Inconsistent but amusingly so.

What makes you different from other watercolour artists?

I’m not as good as them.

What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to painting?

I’ve been known to spend a whole afternoon drawing a hand. And I find cats to be indescribably difficult to capture to my satisfaction.

©Tat Effby

What would be your career dream? What project would you love to be able to do/complete?

I’m doing my dream job as a cartoonist and illustrator so I just want to keep on going, keep improving and keep trying to be funny.

Did you have another career prior to this? If so, what was it?

I was an Advertising Copywriter and I came up with ideas and headlines for advertising campaigns, our office was kinda like Mad Men but with a West Midlands accent. It’s one of the most fun jobs you can have even if you weren’t allowed to do puns. But I’ve been making up for that over the last few years.   

Where would you like to see yourself in 10-15 years’ time?

In 10-15 years time I’d love to see myself in the mirror, wrinkle-free, but I doubt that’s going to happen.

What is your typical day like?

©Tat Effby

Lots of coffee, a run, then lots more coffee at my desk drawing. Most days are this pattern, unless I’m picking up prints from The Artists’ Print Room, in which case I get to have a lovely jaunt to countryside.

What do you love the most about your job and what do you hate the most?

I love working from home, working for myself, getting paid to draw daft things and laughing at my own jokes.  I hate hands, but I can always put them in pockets if they’re proving too difficult to draw.

How do you relax after a long day?

I like to bake a cake and eat a lot, if not all, of it.

©Tat Effby

You can find out more about Tat and her work on the following;

Instagram : @tat_effby

Twitter: @tat_effby

Twitter: @RTBinshrewsbury

Facebook: @aloadoftat

Facebook: @roundthebendinshrewsbury

Website: tat-effby.com

 

 

Meet the Artist – Kathy Little

Kathy Little - The Artist's Print Room

In our latest Meet the Artist blog article, we speak to Kathy Little. Kathy graduated from the Royal College of Art and her paintings reflect a continued interest in capturing and expressing the innate qualities in the landscape.

When did you first discover your passion for art and painting?

When I completed a three year degree in Fine Art followed by a three year post graduate course.

Where do you get your inspiration from and what inspires you?

I am inspired by both natural and manmade landscapes and I am interested in how they alter and reshape over the passing of time,

How would you describe your style?

©Kathy Little

I am influenced by a colour combination, a surface texture or an unusual composition or shape and make mixed media abstract paintings to reflect this interest. I use a process of layering and subtracting to invent new compositions and I do not have a fixed image in mind when I start but prefer to let the imagery develop in an intuitive and experimental way.

What makes you different from other  artists?

Vibrant colours combined with neutral tones, a mix of mediums and an individual and personal visual mark making language.

What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to painting?

For every one painting that I’m happy with, there are probably four that I’m not . Im rarely happy with a piece, so I keep working until I feel it’s done.

What would be your career dream? What project would you love to be able to do or complete?

Collaborating with outside agencies.

Did you have another career prior to this? If so, what was it?

Teaching in art schools.

©Kathy Little

Where would you like to see yourself in 10-15 years’ time?

Continuing to paint and exhibit my work.

What is your typical day like?

I like to start the day early and don’t have far to travel as I work from my studio in the garden. I have radio 4 on continually for company. Day to day tasks include keeping my  website updated, emailing, keeping up to date with the contemporary art world and reading blogs and art and design magazines.

What do you love the most about your job and what do you hate the most?

I enjoy the challenge of constantly moving forward with my painting and sharing this experience with other like minded individuals. 

©Kathy Little

How do you relax after a long day?

Cooking and sharing a meal with family and friends.


You can view more of Kathy’s work on her website or on Instagram.

You can purchase Kathy’s Prints and Originals from her Etsy shop.

 

Meet the Artist – Live Sketcher, Cherie Jerrard

Cherie Jerrard - The Artist's Print RoomFollowing on from our recent blog article featuring Richard Smythe, in our latest, Meet the Artist blog post, we have spoken to Cherie Jerrard. Cherie is a live sketcher and some may say, the ultimate people watcher!

Starting out Cherie had a career in fashion, having studied in the industry for 20 years, including a nine year career as a fashion designer and illustrator. Having grown up in the 80’s Cherie became entranced by fashion icons and the onslaught of idealistic graphic imagery. Later on having relocated from London to the beautiful town of Shrewsbury, she undertook a Masters in Illustration at Manchester School of Art.

During this time, Cherie slowly woke up and looked around to discover people are so much more imaginative and imperfect. Real everyday people are far more worthy of capturing in an illustration than someone who has been constructed by a team of people which she had previously experienced in the fashion industry.

soho coffee third edition - The Artist's Print Room
©Cherie Jerrard – Soho Coffee

Whilst studying for her Masters degree, Cherie entered a competition by Moleskine; the stationery brand. This competition was based on reportage style illustrations and she was fortunate to getting into the final round. At this point, Cherie realised and believed there could be something more to sketching. Further on, Cherie was sponsored by the German pen brand, Lamy and publishes a newspaper known as ‘Everyday Reportage’.

The majority of Cherie’s work is now undertaken on location and in the moment, ensuring her sketches are honest and simple. Often her work happens whilst sitting in coffee shops, enjoying the ‘cafe culture’ and incorporating a wide range of individuals as subjects. In addition to this, these scenarios are perfect for observing peoples natural behaviour and provide an ‘honest, authentic, context to the drawings’.

Saturday Afternoon - The Artist's Print Room
©Cherie Jerrard – Saturday Afternoon

Cherie describes her art as ‘an antidote to celebrity culture overload. The illustrations are observations of our times. My focus is to capture what it was like to come together with an unscripted group of people in any given venue and time. Something about the the actors and the stage of everyday life makes me want to document the moment. It’s the closest I can get to pausing time. Who needs celebrities we are all amazing originals.’

We love Cherie’s quirky, contemporary and endearing illustrations and you can view more of her work on her website. Alternatively, keep up to date with Cherie through her Instagram and Twitter accounts. Cherie’s work can be purchased through Cherie did this. 

Cherie Jerard_andina - The Artist's Print Room
©Cherie Jerrard – Andina

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Mounted Prints

Here at The Artist’s Print Room, we’ve recently invested in a new laminating machine to bring you another alternative to your fine art prints, acrylic mounted prints.

Acrylic Mounted Prints

Acrylic mounted prints are an elegant, modern and minimalist way of displaying your fine art images as alternative to traditional framing techniques. In addition to this, acrylic mounts give a sophisticated dramatic and stunning impact.

Acrylic mounted prints are ideal for commercial environments – many businesses use this technique to create signage. Additionally, this form of mounting is ideal for displaying wall art in your home or exhibition images.

Your fine art print is printed as it would be when producing a traditional fine art giclée print. However, it is then bonded and sandwiched between a piece of acrylic and a backing material (select from either a 5mm white or a 10mm clear backing) this backing prevents any warping of your image occurring. The process of acrylic face mounting is complex and intricate which entails careful handling and a lot of precision. Here at The Artist’s Print Room you can trust us to get this right, each and every time. We take great care in all the products we produce which makes us unique when compared to mass production photographic labs.

The acrylic mounting gives your image a beautiful high gloss finish which is shatter proof in addition to being dust and damp proof. The final product is lightweight, however, despite this your final product is rigid and durable. Wall hanging fixings are attached to the sub-frame on the back, therefore your prints are ready to hang straight away.

You can order your prints through our easy to use step-by-step online ordering system in which you can select the substrate you would like your image printed on and also sizing options are included.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or further information that you may require.

Fine Art Canvas Wraps

The perfect gift either for someone else, or even a treat for yourself and your home! Fine art canvas wraps are incredibly popular due to their durability and will make a wonderful addition to any home.

Fine Art Canvas Wraps
Fine Art Canvas Printing at the Artists Print Room.
Courtesy of ©Abstract Arial Photography

Canvas wraps are an incredibly popular, elegant and versatile option for displaying your images as an alternative to traditional framing techniques. Fine art canvas wraps from The Artist’s Print Room involve printing your image directly onto either the Hahnemühle Daguerre or Canson Infinity Museum Pro Canvas both of premium quality and ensuring archival qualities. Both of these canvas options have a stunning matte finish and provide an incredible image sharpness, really highlighting the colours in your print.

The canvas print is then stretched and hand wrapped precisely around wooden bars to give a taught finish. Due to the drying process of the prints, dispatch time for canvas wraps is between 7 and 10 days.

As your image is wrapped around the bars, you have various options for the sides, you can go for one solid colour, black, white or any other colour you select! Alternatively, there is the option of having your image covering the sides, select which option you would prefer through our online ordering system. You can also select from landscape, portrait or square prints, giving you so many options to may your canvas wrap truly unique. You can find more about our fine art canvas wraps and pricing here.

The best bit, all fine art canvas wraps ordered from us are ready to hang with fixings already attached to the back bar meaning you haven’t got to worry about this! This allows your print to hang flush to the wall as soon as it’s delivered and unpacked!

For further information or any questions on our fine art canvas wraps, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

The History of Paper

Paper is one of the most critical parts of your fine art giclée print. But what is the history of paper? Where did it all start? And how did we get to where we are now?


Ancient Egypt – 3000 B.C.

The History of Paper - The Artist's Print RoomThe first traceable knowledge of paper goes back as far as the 2nd Century, however, there are arguments to suggest the ancient Egyptians were using a form of paper in 3000 B.C. The word ‘paper’ derives from the ancient Egyptian word ‘papyrus’ which was traditionally their writing material. The ancient Egyptians would also use animal skins, soaked in water, chalk and salt to give a smooth writing surface. Before this of course, engravings were typically used to writing and drawing, typically into stone or wood.


China – 150 A.D.

Moving forward, the first recording of mass produced paper was in 150 A.D in China. Cai Lun first invented paper which was made from plant fibres. Ts’ai Lu, a Chinese court official documented the first modern paper making techniques which have developed into what we know today. These began as mulberry bark, cotton or hemp rags with water. This mixture was mashed together, flattened, pressed and left to dry in the sun. Further down the line in 610 A.D. paper making techniques were imported into both Japan and Korea. By 740 A.D. the first recording of newspaper was made in China. In the 10th Century, the first paper monetary system was recorded in China.


Europe – 13th Century

Spain was the first European country to start producing paper in 1144, closely followed by Italy. It is suggested that Marco Polo returned from China and spread knowledge that paper was being used for money. Following this, Spain was the first country in Europe to produce paper bank notes.


17th & 18th Century

Skipping forward a few centuries, paper making made some significant advances. Automation was slowly introduced with paper making machines. Additionally, bleaching of pulp was introduced by the French chemist, Claude-Louis Bertholett, giving a whiter paper tone. Due to the popularity of paper there was a shortage of raw materials, in particular, cotton rag. Thus, laws and regulations were introduced in the world of paper making.


19th & 20th Century

In 1843, Saxon Friedrich Gottlob Keller invented a wood grinding machine which consequently opened the market up to wood pulp papers. Wood pulp consequently became the leading raw material for paper production and allowed industrial scale production to meet the increasing demand. Automation really began to take hold with the preparation, pulp production, drying and packaging being done by machine. Paper was subsequently produced for more purposes including flyers and magazines.


So there is a very brief overview of the history of paper… the rest they say, is history! Paper production has come far over the centuries and there is now such a variety of papers to choose from. Paper development is a continual process with paper mills producing different styles and varieties of giclée printing papers. Find out about the papers we offer on our giclée papers and canvases page.