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How to print Fine art ?

Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2006 at 12:02



Anybody kindly advice the right ink for printing on Canvas to print Fine Art re-printing.
Solvent or Oil based?
Which fabric count ?
I printed with solvent glossy ink, on a 3/4th auto Flatbed 72x48 inch, but ink is not penetrating to the vallys of Canvass.

Whats wrong ? Ink ? Fabric or both ?
Whats the remedy?

Thanks a lot for your advice.

Thomas

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Anonymous says: The problem is mainly your canvas but the ink may contribute to the problem. You MUST get into the canvas texture early on or you will be in a world of hurt later on when your image turns into a sea ...

The problem is mainly your canvas but the ink may contribute to the problem. You MUST get into the canvas texture early on or you will be in a world of hurt later on when your image turns into a sea of little white dots. Each color you print without getting in when make it harder and harder to do so later.

I recommend that you print on the smoothest but heaviest canvas possible.

I recommend sealing the canvas in the beginning by printing with an open mesh screen (156) and printing in all four directions (ie print and after drying rotate 90 degrees and print again. Repeat until you've made a full turn). You would be advised to try a soft squeegee with a sharp edge.

A further note on problems with solvent inks on canvas:

Solvent inks are not very elastic. Canvas tends to grow and shrink during it's lifetime. You will notice that after a few years your fine art canvas print will be totally cracked. Switching to a high quality waterbased ink will help. I use TW graphics. If you continue using solvent inks you must mount your canvas to archival mat board before it is stretched (this should probably be done with the waterbased as well to be safe). Used a hot press for this.

posted on: Tue, 04/18/2006 - 4:00pm

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