A Perspective on Matching Fine Art Paper to a Fine Art Original

Fostergraphs Fine Art Reproduction

There is no definitive rule for matching the right fine art paper (or canvas) to the original piece that’s being reproduced, whether that piece is oil on canvas, a charcoal sketch, a watercolor or any other medium.

Ultimately, it’s based on the artist’s preference and their interpretation of the piece for reproduction. However, certain media generally translate into certain types of fine art reproduction materials.

Obviously, oil on canvas will generally be reproduced on canvas. Of course, there is then the choice between a satin, gloss or matte finish, and any coating that may go over the canvas to both protect it and create its own finish (more on that in a future post, or you can download the free white paper, How to Make Canvas Printing Work for You).

For fine art papers, veteran print maker Kent Foster, owner of Fostergraphs Inc., Decorah, Iowa, has two “go-to” papers: Sunset Textured Fine Art Paper 310g for those who want a more textured surface and Sunset Cotton Etching Paper 285g for those who prefer a smoother finish.

“For the most part, we use Sunset Cotton Etching for pencil, charcoal and sketch work that’s more flat. We use Textured Fine Art predominately for watercolor reproductions, as well as oil paintings when they’re going to paper and not canvas because these artists tend to like a textured paper. And, they tend to work in textured medium to begin with,” says Foster.

In the example pictured above, Foster reproduced a piece entitled Where Eagles Soar by award-winning water color artist Mary Ann Gloe. It’s one of four watercolors Foster reproduced for the Luther College bookstore to replenish their stock of Gloe’s work.

“She’s a very talented artist has won a lot of state awards. I’ve been doing work for her since 2005, and that’s about how long we’ve been using Textured Fine Art as our primary textured fine art paper,” says Foster. “Artists want a nice product at an economical price. It’s a nice paper, it has a good weight, it presents very well and it’s priced reasonably. In this case, the watercolor looks especially good on a textured surface. The original surface she works on is typically somewhat textured, and this paper accurately represents the original.”

Sunset Photo Matte Paper: Durable, High-Quality, Archival and Economical

sunset matte srSunset Photo Matte Paper 280g is now available exclusively at LexJet. Ideal for fine-art reproduction, high-quality fine photo prints, photo albums and high-end poster décor, the smooth archival paper produces superior color saturation and a high Dmax for high-impact image reproduction.

Sunset Photo Matte Paper is the thickest, heaviest and most durable (280g, 12-mil) inkjet paper in its class, and is also priced lower than most comparable papers, providing both value and quality.

“It’s a great paper with a slightly warmer tone, which is perfect for fine-art printing. It makes a beautiful print and it’s thick and easy to handle, but has a lower price point,” says Chip Wright of Mastercolor Professional Labs, Greensboro, N.C.

Sunset Photo Matte Paper 280g is available in 17″, 24″, 36″, 44″ and 60″ widths and 100′ roll lengths from LexJet’s North American Distribution Network. Call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 for more information and to try this new paper for your next project.

YES! Up to 70% at LexJet’s Year End Sale

Choose from more than 70 products at LexJet offered at up to 70% off, now through December 31.

Year End Sale at LexJetProducts on sale include fine art papers, photo papers, display films, laminates, backers, banner material, canvas, and other specialty inkjet materials for any application imaginable, including…

  • Up to 60% off solvent/low-solvent/UV-curable/latex inkjet media
  • Up to 70% off aqueous inkjet media
  • Up to 80% on a variety of inventory reduction products not included in the list below

Call a LexJet printing expert at 800-453-9538 to find the YES product that’s right for you and stock up for 2015. This sale ends December 31, and is available by phone and at lexjet.com.

Here’s the list of products on sale until December 31 (not all sizes may be on sale for a given product). Click on the product name below for sales pricing and more information, where applicable…

Aqueous Inkjet Media

LexJet 7 Mil Ultra Photo Gloss (call for more information)

LexJet 8 Mil ImagePro Gloss

LexJet 8 Mil ImagePro Satin

LexJet 8 Mil Ultra Photo Gloss Extra

LexJet 9 Mil Opaque Display Film

LexJet Clear PreLume® HD

LexJet Econo PolyGloss Banner (call for more information)

LexJet Poly Select Blockout Fabric DS (call for more information)

LexJet TOUGHcoat Blockout Scrim Banner

LexJet Window & Wall Décor (call for more information)

10 Mil LexJet Clear w/ Edge Strips for HP Designjet Series

Hahnemuhle FineArt Pearl 285 g

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 188 g

Hahnemuhle Protective Spray

Hahnemuhle Torchon 285 g

Hahnemuhle William Turner 310 g

Ivivid Glossy Vinyl with PSA (call for more information)

Ivivid Translucent Adhesive Vinyl (call for more information)

Ivivid Water Resistant Matte Vinyl w/PSA (call for more information)

Solvent/Low-Solvent/UV-Curable/Latex Inkjet Media

LexJet 12 Mil Solvent Display Film SR

LexJet 18 Mil Solvent Display Film SR

LexJet 9 Mil Solvent Display Film SR

LexJet FaceMount Perforated Window Grip

LexJet Light Block Polyester Gloss (12 Mil)

LexJet PVC-Free Display Film (12 Mil)

LexJet Satin Light Block Polyester (7 Mil)

LexJet Simple CarpetAd

LexJet Simple Premium Removable Vinyl

LexJet Simple Transparent Adhesive Vinyl

LexJet Sunset Reserve Gloss Canvas SUV

LexJet Sunset Reserve Satin Canvas SUV

LexJet Sunset Select Satin Canvas SUV (call for more information)

LexJet White Static Cling Vinyl SUV

LexJet Window & Wall Décor SUV

LexJet Metallic Polyester 245g (call for more information)

LexJet Metallic Polyester w/ PSA 195g (call for more information)

3686 Sihl TriSolv PrimeArt Paper 200 Gloss (call for more information)

dreamScape™ 15 oz. Suede

FLEXcon BUSart™ V 400 F White A-69 Vinyl for Bus & Train Wraps

FLEXcon BUSmark® 5800 for Bus Posters

FLEXcon FLEXmark BILBRD BWV White Opaque Vinyl w/ Permanent Adhesive

FLEXcon FLEXmark V 400 H Clear V-327 Low Tack Vinyl

FLEXcon FLEXmark® BILBRD™ BWV White Opaque Vinyl w/ Permanent Adhesive

FLEXcon FLEXmark® OV 600 6 Mil Safari Luster PSA Over Laminate

FLEXcon FLEXmark® OV 650 R 6.5 Mil Velvet PSA Over Laminate

FLEXcon FLEXmark® V 400 H Clear V-327 Low Tack Vinyl for Window Advertising

FLEXcon JETbond® 44138 3.5 Mil Luster UV PSA Over Laminate (call for more information)

FLEXcon LITEcal® 5200 Translucent Backlit Vinyl for Bus Posters & Taxi Tops (call for more information)

FLEXcon RAILmark 5300 Subway Posters- 62in x 150ft

FLEXcon SEETHRU-SIGN® STSWBF7030 Perforated Vinyl for Window Graphics

FLEXcon White Static Cling (call for more information)

Ivivid 8 Mil Semi-Matte Translucent Display Film (call for more information)

Adhesives, Coatings & Backers

LexJet 10 Mil ArmorGuard Ultra Low Gloss

LexJet 10 Mil DisplayGuard Ti (call for more information)

LexJet 10 Mil Gloss UV Premium Low Melt

LexJet 10 Mil White Backer Low Melt

LexJet 5 Mil White Backer Low Melt

LexJet 10 Mil LightBlock

LexJet 15 Mil LightBlock

10 Mil DisplayFlex UV (call for more information)

ClearStar ClearShield Type C Semi-Gloss- 5 Gallon

D&K Thermal Low Temp UV 5 Mil Gloss (call for more information)

GBC 1.5 Mil Clear Nap-Lam I

GBC 1.7 Mil Octiva Write Erase (Gloss)

GBC 1.7 Mil Octiva Write Erase- 51in x 250ft (call for more information)

GBC Octiva Cold Mount White Adhesive

Sunset Print Award Grand Prize Winner: Permanent Bond

Permanent Bond by Tammy Bevins

The judging panel for the first annual National Sunset Print Award described the First Place Grand Prize winner – Permanent Bond by Tammy Bevins – as “flawless,” “masterful” and “fully resolved.” The image depicts the bond her twin sons have had since before they were born.

In fact, there was little debate about the print, other than how perfect each element of the image – from composition to lighting – was absolutely spot-on.

Permanent Bond was one of 29 prints judged at LexJet headquarters in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday, Nov. 13. All of the entries in the National Sunset Print Award competition won a Sunset Print Award at state and regional competitions across the U.S. in 2014.

Permanent Bond won the Sunset Print Award at the Professional Photographers of South Carolina (PPSC) competition, and was thus automatically eligible for the national competition.

Sunset Print Award
One of Tammy Bevin’s twins prepares to get into the water tank for the Sunset Print Award-winner, Permanent Bond.

“It took four minutes to photograph something, but it took me four years to come up with the idea,” says Bevins. “For several years I’ve been trying to come up with a concept to show the bond my twins have with each other and what it means to be a twin. It’s one of the most amazing experiences to have twins that look so much alike and have been best friends. Over the years I didn’t come up with something I was inspired to do until I came up with Permanent Bond. I wanted to position them like they were in the womb together, and I used rope to signify the umbilical cord.”

The shoot actually took more than four minutes as Bevins built a water tank in the back yard filled with a few inches of water and dry ice to create the fog effect. What you see is basically what Bevins captured; there was very little Photoshop work done to the image.

Bevins captured the image with a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-70mm lens at 1/200, f/4.6, and 160 ISO. Master printer Jonathan Penney, Center Moriches, N.Y., printed the image on fine art paper.

Sunset Print Awards
The judges at the first annual National Sunset Print Awards evaluate Permanent Bond by Tammy Bevins. Photo by Billy Elkins.

“I used available light and a 2×3 soft box. I had the soft box on pretty low and wanted the light skimming across them and coming up from the top a bit,” explains Bevins.

Bevins runs Nuvo Images in Charleston, S.C., with her daughter and son-in-law, both of whom are award-winning photographers as well. Bevins has nine children – six girls and three boys – ranging in age from 13 to 29. The twins are the third and fourth out of the nine.

“I grew up in West Virginia, and everyone in my family were coal miners. I moved to South Carolina after I got married and was in the medical field. We started having children and I stayed home with the kids, which gave me some time to explore my creative side,” says Bevins. “About 13 years ago I started taking art classes in oil painting at the local museum and I absolutely loved it. My husband suggested I take photography classes, and it really exploded for me and fit my lifestyle. My first year in business was 2004 and I immediately joined PPA and PPSC, and shortly thereafter got interested in print competitions.”

The National Sunset Print Award judging panel - from left to right,  Carmen Schettino, Julie Hughes, Jessica Vogel, Tom Carabasi and Rich Newell - with their choice for First Place, Permanent Bond by Tammy Bevins. Congratulations, Tammy!
The National Sunset Print Award judging panel – from left to right, Carmen Schettino, Julie Hughes, Jessica Vogel, Tom Carabasi and Rich Newell – with their choice for First Place, Permanent Bond by Tammy Bevins. Congratulations, Tammy!

Bevins’ accomplishment at the National Sunset Print Awards is made all the more remarkable by the quality and variety of the images entered in the competition, from fine art photography to portraits and landscapes.

Julia Kelleher of Jewel Images in Bend, Ore., won second place for He Has Arrived. Click here to read the story behind Kelleher’s award-winning print that scored a 100 at the PPA Western District print competition.

Pete Wright won third for his retro image, Temptress, which won a Sunset Print Award at the PPA Southeast District competition. Click here to read the story behind this stunning image.

Congratulations to all the 2014 Sunset Print Award winners who made it to the National competition! Go to http://www.sunsetprint.com/previous-winners/ to see all the winners from 2014 and earlier years, and the stories behind the photography. While you’re there, look around to find out more about the 2015 competition and which competitions you can enter for a shot at a Sunset Print Award.

And, special thanks to our judges this year, who not only did a thorough and fair job, but gave everyone at LexJet a valuable education in what makes a print stand out at competition. This year’s judges were: Tom Carabasi of Ringling College of Art + Design; Julie Hughes, Abbey of London, Jensen Beach, Fla.; Rich Newell, Professional Photographers of America; Carmen Schettino, Carmen Schettino Photography, Sarasota; Jessica Vogel, Jessica Vogel Photography, Shelbyville, Ky.

Canvas Printing without the Canvas

Sunset Photo Canvas Paper
Fine-art painting by Virginia Phillips (virginiaphillips.com) reproduced by Sharpeye Framing Company on Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g.

Print shops, fine-art reproduction companies, photographers and other print providers can now offer their customers canvas prints without the canvas: Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g from LexJet.

The new photo paper is LexJet’s popular Premium Archival Matte Paper embossed with a canvas texture, complete with all the benefits of Premium Archival Matte: an instant-dry coating for smudge-free printing and handling; a large color gamut for high-contrast, high-resolution printing; and an acid-free, pH-neutral thick and heavy base for trouble-free printing, mounting and framing.

“This paper saves us a lot of time, cost and labor because it’s basically a two-step process: it comes off the printer, we mount it and it’s done. It gives a canvas look, texture and feel at a lower price point than canvas, and the image quality is great,” says Ryan Wanke, president of Sharpeye Framing Company in Michigan City, Ind.

Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g is not an alternative for canvas gallery and museum wraps. Rather, it is an alternative for mounted and framed canvas prints since canvas can be difficult to mount to a board due to its weight and physical properties.

The embossed texture of Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g is similar to the 2-over-1 weave of LexJet’s award-winning Sunset Select Matte Canvas, providing a smoother and more consistent canvas texture on a matte finish.

“People love canvas, which is why canvas printing is such a growing market with a lot of opportunity for our customers,” says Jaimie Mask, LexJet’s product manager. “The biggest seller is and will likely always be canvas gallery wraps. However, there is a robust market for mounted and framed canvas prints, and Sunset Photo Canvas Paper makes it easier and more cost-effective to serve this niche.”

Sunset Photo Canvas Paper is now available in 17″, 24″, 36″, 44″ and 50″ widths and 100′ roll lengths from LexJet’s Nationwide Delivery Network. As with all LexJet-branded products, Sunset Photo Canvas Paper comes complete with a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee and free and unlimited phone support from LexJet’s team of printing experts. To find out more, contact one of those experts at 800-453-9538.

Last Call and Details on the Upcoming Hands-On Printer Workshops

Printing Workshops in California and TexasEverything you wanted to know about inkjet printing for a variety of fine art, sign and display and photography applications will be known at the upcoming free hands-on workshops in Irvine, Calif., on Aug. 13, and Irving, Texas, on Aug. 20.

Sponsored by Canon and LexJet, the workshops will feature a close examination of Canon’s printer technology and software, with operational and efficiency tips, followed by a treasure trove of in-depth information on working with photo papers, fine art papers, canvas, films and vinyl.

You’ll find out what makes each inkjet material tick and how to finish, present and apply them. Moreover, expert presenters from Canon and LexJet will guide you through the most profitable, unique and saleable applications you can accomplish in your market.

For instance, you’ll learn all about canvas from start to finish: how the inkjet coating, material composition and finish impact the printed image, followed by guidelines on coating and stretching canvas, and the most profitable applications.

When you attend the workshops you’ll also receive a $50 gift certificate from LexJet, inkjet media swatchbooks, special printer and inkjet media promotions, printed samples and other giveaways. A continental breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

To sign up for either Irvine, Calif. (Aug. 13) or Irving, Texas (Aug. 20), and if you have any questions, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538. Space is limited, so call to get your seat today, and before registration closes on Aug. 9 for Irvine and Aug. 16 for Irving.