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Framing broadsides [was Letterpress printing on Epson papers]

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  • Barbara Hauser
    Thanks so much, Michelle, for the kind offer to send me some sample paper. I will take you up on it if I can t get a comprehensive sample pack from an Epson
    Message 1 of 14 , Jan 13, 2008
      Thanks so much, Michelle, for the kind offer to send me some sample
      paper. I will take you up on it if I can't get a comprehensive sample
      pack from an Epson reseller.

      I, too, have done some home tests of inkjet prints, and the results
      have been sobering. Thanks for the reference to wilhelm-research.com.
      That is an excellent site. I was especially interested to see that
      using UV glass greatly lengthens color life, since I have always
      sprung for UV glass when I've framed my watercolors.

      This brings me to another discussion topic. How do printers frame
      their broadsides? I suppose the prints would be mounted to the mat as
      watercolors are, with the print hinged only at the top to allow for
      expansion and contraction of the paper as ambient humidity changes.
      And I suppose that using the UV glass is the best way to keep the ink
      colors from fading. But letterpress-printed broadsides can have such
      breathtaking texture that putting them under glass would seem to spoil
      the effect. I would think that they could be floated with no glass,
      but then there's the fading and dust problems, and the question of how
      to affix the broadside to the backing. Any thoughts?


      > Hi Barbara,
      > I can send you some papers that I have around. If you want to email
      me directly,
      > autumnmichellefoote@... and I can sen you some samples. I know for
      sure I have
      > Epson watercolor but other than that I will have to take a look.
      Also, an experiment a
      > friend of mine did (back in college) to check the archival
      properties of paper and inks, was
      > to take a print and cut in half. Keep one half inside under good
      conditions, take the other
      > and tape it up in your car window. In the car you have the worst
      possible conditions, plus
      > it is constantly getting sunlight. After about a week you can check
      to see if there are any
      > changes. There is a a research website
      http://www.wilhelm-research.com/ they test
      > papers and ink, and are much more reliable than the actual
      manufactures. Great bit of
      > information for the ink jet printing geek! -me included
      > again best wishes with your project.
      > Michelle
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