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Mikki Petersen
12-09-2003, 11:07 PM
I have been contacted, unexpectedly, for a print of the Grand Canyon painting displayed on my website. Any of my other paintings, I would just mail off the original to get it out of my studio, LOL. But my son has this painting prominently displayed in his study.

I have seen ads in the back of the art mags for Giclee prints and other "fine quality" art prints...

does anyone have experience with any of this? I have a good printer but 8.5 by 14" is the largest it will print.

Meanwhile, I'm dumbstruck that someone has offered money for something I painted! Hot Dang!

Rich Williams
12-09-2003, 11:09 PM
http://www.digitalart.ab.ca/ they ship all over the world and they did a great job on four of mine..


Mikki Petersen
12-09-2003, 11:11 PM
Wow, Rich! I just knew someone would know the answer. Thank you! And so fast, too...

Stoy Jones
12-10-2003, 12:27 AM
Originally posted by 1mpete
Meanwhile, I'm dumbstruck that someone has offered money for something I painted! Hot Dang!

:clap: Congrats! May there be more to come!


Mikki Petersen
12-10-2003, 01:07 AM
thank you Stoy! What validation...

12-10-2003, 04:39 AM
Congratulations! Bly me, how big does that buyer want the print? Can't help you much with US printers. Good luck. Why not ask him if the 8x14 is big enough? Many printer business only print repro's of paintings with a huge minimum of prints. That's why I got myself a professional desktop printer so I can produce them as often and as many (or few) as I want.

Mikki Petersen
12-10-2003, 05:24 AM
Um....the painting is 22"x28" and the dimensions are given on the site so I'm guessing that's what she wants but I didn't ask yet.

12-10-2003, 05:29 AM
Do ask! Why would the buyer want the original size? Why not buy the original then?? It is very usual to NOT create reproductions at the actual size of the original. Much more common to create a smaller version. Not totally sure why, but maybe to keep the market interested in buying the original. I offer my repro's at three standard sizes, greeting card size, A4 and A3. Many artists only offer smaller sizes than the original.
Ask in the business forum, or do a search. It has come up before.

btw, just looked at your website....is that new?!! It looks fantastic! I love websites, to see all the work of one artist together. Your work is absolutely amazing. No wonder you get asked to sell repro's. Good job!

12-10-2003, 10:33 AM
Mikki - the thing about producing prints on your home computer, is that yuo need to be sure you are using LIGHTFAST inks, this is important, because anything printed on a home computer, with regular inks, will fade pretty quickly.

If you are using lightfast inks, and an appropriate paper surface, specially coated for digital reproductions, then the fading thing is not such a big issue. I have an Epson 1270 with lightfast inks, and I use Bockingford or Hahnemuhle specially-coated papers for my prints. Then, I put them into a good double mount, and that is a specific size, which slips into a nice cellophane cover. I then put a "legend" on the back, a print-out which explains what a Giclee print is, and asks the client to keep it out of direct sunlight.

Your client should not expect the print to be the same size -they seldom are - so check this out first.

Good luck, and onwards and upwards!


12-10-2003, 11:37 AM

I don't know anything about getting Giclee prints made, but I just went to your site and I LOVE YOUR WORK!!!! These are wonderful and I feel so inspired seeing your work, because you work from photos!!! Wow, I am impressed.


12-10-2003, 12:43 PM
Mikki, I had Brownies Blueprint in Sacramento make prints for me. They did a great job, provided me with proofs before doing the actual prints. The prints were $20. each. It's a thought and it's local.

12-10-2003, 01:28 PM
Hey Mikki...... congrats on this........ I too didnt realise you had a website..... and went and had a nosey :D ....... your work looked wonderful.... and loved your site layout..... viewing the works, brought back alot of memories too :)

Mikki Petersen
12-10-2003, 06:10 PM
Soap, thanks for the info. Now can you tell me what A3 and A4 translate to...I keep seeing those sizes mentioned, even on the size selections for my print program but they never say what size that is. As for my little website, I was just playing around with the free webspace that comes with my ISP subscription through Earthlink. They have an excellent tool for creating sites, so even HTML illiterates like me can do it. I have since purchased a website that will be bigger and better and have a much easier address but am still working on it. Thanks for your kind comments. I, too, tend to go off and look at other artists sites to see a body of work all in one place. It is a real boost to create a site and see my own work all together. I have now taken a tip from bnoonan and done photo prints of all my work on standard letter size photo paper and inserted them in protective sleeves in a notebook that I can carry with me. Since I began painting again I have completed more than 60 works in just over a year...and I'm starting to see some confidence in my paintings.

Jackie, thanks so much for the specific information. The prints I purchased from you looked very professional indeed so maybe investing the money in a good printer is the way to go. Tell me, do you use your own photo of the painting or do you have a digital image professionally done? Also where does one obtain those cello envelopes?

Shari, thank you so much! It is an unexpected pleasure to hear such nice comments. And yes, I work largely from photos because I am one of those infirm folks who need an escort away from home. My hubby is more than happy to accompany me and sit and read a book or fish, if the location suggests it, but I feel pressured having someone waiting for me like that. So we go on photo expeditions and I take hundreds of photos both of scenes and elements in the scene, like pine boughs and such, so back in my studio, I have my memories of the place (I'm a visual thinker) and the photos to clarify. I think the worst part of painting from photos is the camera interpretation of shadows. they come out mostly black and shadows are quite color filled in nature.

Nori, thanks for the tip! I worked with Brownie's many, many moons ago when I worked in a graphics shop back when it was all done by hand, LOL. I never thought of them. I will check it out.

Dawn, glad you liked the site and the stroll down memory lane. I built it so I could share with family and friends who are always asking what I'm up to. You should consider doing one yourself. Can't tell you how much fun it is to see everything displayed in one place! And the most unexpected people find the site and the compliments are quite uplifting!

12-10-2003, 06:39 PM
yes I forgot to mention about the photography aspect! Well, ifthe image is the size of the scanner, that is the best way to go. But if it is bigger, then I use a digital camera, quite a good one.

The cellophane envelopes I buy over here in the UK, no good to you I am afraid, I think the postage would make the cost too high.


12-10-2003, 08:40 PM
Mikki! :clap: :clap: I'm so thrilled for you, your website is great thoroughly enjoyed looking, and before you say I do have one, but it's very, very outdated, needs to be revamped, which I'm working on, well my daughter's partner is as I haven't a clue, I have the same printer as Soap, but as yet haven't put it to good use, too many other things have got in the way this year, but I will.

Have you tried a search for the cellophane envelopes and such, there must be places, generally craft sites more so than art sites that supply them, if you get stuck let me know and I'll get some for you. okay?

One thing to remember is to save your images to at least 300 dpi or hiigher if you intend to print out yourself.


12-10-2003, 09:02 PM

I also use the "cello" envelopes for cards that I make and they come in ALL sizes from a company called Impact Images in El Dorado Hills, CA. You can reach them at 800-233-2630. They have over 200 sizes of clear plastic bags.


12-11-2003, 04:04 AM
Mikki, have a look in this thread if you're interested in printing:
It's very long, but filled with good info and also tells you my path towards purchasing my printer (Epson 1290 - same but newer version as Jackie's).

For clear sleeves:

Do a search in the business forum and loads will come up.

Oh yes, and the A3 and A4 stuff:

in inches:

A1 23 3/8 33
A2 16 1/2 23 3/8
A3 11 3/4 16 1/2
A4 8 1/4 11 3/4
A5 5 7/8 8 1/4
A6 4 1/8 5 7/8

in mm:
A1 594 841
A2 420 594
A3 297 420
A4 210 297
A5 148 210
A6 105 148
(from: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html)

My printer can print up to Super A3 (330x480 mm) and does a wonderful and professional job! There are some stunning print papers out there so for fantastic prints you don't have to go to rip-off businesses anymore.