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
> 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 websitehttp://www.wilhelm-research.com/
> 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.