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Brownie
01-30-2001, 08:55 PM
I'm anxious to print some paintings onto a heavier paper (watercolor 90 lb. or greater) larger than the standard 8 1/2 inches. Is Hewlett Packard the only mfg. who makes a larger format ink jet printer that can accomodate the thicker papers through a flat feed access in the back? I hope I'm explaining this in a way that someone understands me! <G>
BTW, does anyone make a regular ink jet printer with a back feeder that allows using the heavier papers, not a large format one?
The good/bad thing with the HP, as I understand it, is that when one replaces the ink cartridges, one also replaces the print heads, thus the prices for the replacement cardridges is high. However, according to one of the fellows in the digital art club, other printers that don't have the print head in the replacement cardridges become useless pretty fast. True? Any information would be greatly appreciated!!! Brownie/FL

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pixelscapes
01-30-2001, 11:48 PM
Eek! I don't have a lot of time to reply right now, but I strongly suggest that you NOT get a HP. Trying to get archival inks for the HP is nearly impossible, from what people tell me.

On the other hand, getting archival inks for all manner of Epson printer is a fairly easy thing. My Epson 1520 can print on 17x22+ 90lb+ paper, and the results are great. It only uses 4 ink colors so the print quality is not quite as smooth as some newer printers, though. I think the 1520 retails for about $400 right now. Does that qualify as affordable?

Check the advice on http://www.inkjetart.com for more info about inkjet printing for artists. If you have any specific questions I can try to answer those too.

-=- Jen "Busybusy" de la Cruz
http://www.Pixelscapes.com and http://www.BewareOfArt.com

yiotta
02-01-2001, 10:32 AM
I'm drooling for the Epson Stylus 2000P myself, which you can also view at the URL that Jen provided. Archival for 200 years (they say -- how do they know? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif ), can use watercolor paper, large format -- most everything you're looking for, except a low price http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif (don't know where the feed is -- looks like it's in back, but there's an article somewhere (I believe) on the inkjet solutions site about attaching a small 'leader' of thinner paper to aid in feeding thicker papers through -- I can't find it right now, but when I do, I'll post it here.

One big problem with HP printers is that you can wet your finger and smear the ink! I've got one, and Iove it for every day purposes, but I tested this theory about smearing the ink, and it's true, even 24 hours after printing! Not good...

Good luck in your research about this, and let us know what you end up deciding to do, and how it works out.

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Marilyn

www.inforapenny.com (http://www.inforapenny.com)

"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable."
- Robert Henri

Brownie
02-01-2001, 01:07 PM
Thanks, Jen & Marilyn, for you thoughts on this. Under $500 was what I was hoping, else I might just hang in here with something cheaper until I can justify larger expenses. (Also trying to decide on a digital camera! So many expenses, so little time & money! <G>)
As to whether something will last 200 years, do I really care? NOT! By that time, they'll have figured out a way to preserve anything worth preserving, IMHO, so I'm not worried much about that. It would be nice if creations would last at least 10 years, though. BTW, at the digital fine art meeting I was talking about, the cost of the replacement cartridges with that archival ink was almost $100 for color and black! Seems a tad bit over MY budget!
Thanks for the website to check out, too. Brownie/FL