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Old 04-29-2019, 01:31 PM
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Printing out Collage Material

Hello All, this is my first "real post" since joining WC last week.

I am looking to buy a color printer, primarily to print out images to use in my collage & assemblage work. My Xerox color laser printed still works, but it is so old, my new computer will not support the drivers and Xerox no longer supports the printer (Phaser 6200).

I've done some research RE preferred printers for artists, but the articles are geared towards artists who create digital art and/or are making prints of their work to sell. They overwhelmingly recommend inkjet printers. I am concerned about what might happen when I apply water-based adhesives (I use gel medium) to the back of an inkjet image. This was never an issue with laser printed images.

Has anyone had issues with using inkjet prints for collage/mixed media? Would you advise getting an inkjet printer, and if so, can you recommend a good one in medium price range? Or should I stick with a laser printer for collage? Again, can you recommend one you prefer?

Thanks very much for any guidance on this "pricey" issue!

Diane K
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:27 AM
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Re: Printing out Collage Material

I have successfully used inkjets in my work, but it is a super pain in the neck (and parts further south). I spray it with several coats of acrylic...carefully!!...and then iron it, and then let it "age". And then iron it again for good measure. I'd say that if a laser printer is in your price range, go for it!
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:29 PM
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Re: Printing out Collage Material

Welcome Diane!
That's good advice. I really don't know.
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Re: Printing out Collage Material

I use an Epson SC P600. The inks it uses are pigment based so much less likely to fade. Also I found that if I leave the prints overnight I can gently use a brush or roller to apply a coat of acrylic medium on to seal them.
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