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Old 08-31-2012, 06:23 PM
Renee Owen Renee Owen is offline
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best inkjet printer for mixed-media artists

Wondering if any of you can recommend best inkjet printers for mixed-media artists? Desiring an all-in-on printer (i.e. printer, fax, copier & scanner) that isn't too terribly expensive, which would provide high head clearance (for use w/ thicker print surfaces), large format option, pigmented/archival inks, possible straight paper feed, photo-quality, color composite, etc. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:14 PM
archivalarts archivalarts is offline
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Re: best inkjet printer for mixed-media artists

If you are planning to sell your prints to stores, galleries etc. I would strongly recommend you go to a fine art reproduction studio that has a Betterlight scanner with good lighting. It may cost more up front but the lost business you will suffer using a cheap scanner/printer will put you out of business before you start.

If you are just starting out and you want to make sample prints, I would still recommend staying away from an all in one printer. You would be much better served to buy a used SLR camera and photograph your pieces outside and also buy a used Epson 4000 or something like that.

I see many artists make the mistake of trying to do it all themselves. If you want to compete with other artists selling prints, you need your prints to be stunning.(good art helps too!) Going cheap is wasted money.

At least look into having scans made by a professional, (not a photographer, Kinko's, Staples, or friend) If you skimp on photographing your art now, you will be sorry down the road when your art is gone and you want to make large, quality prints.

Most Epson printers will give you good quality if you have a good scan to start with. Try to stay away from printers that put multiple inks in one cartridge. These are extremely wasteful as they make you throw away good ink. Epson sells printers that allow you to buy individual cartridges. This will lower your cost per print. Once you have your printer, use quality paper. Look at Lexjet.com or Breathing Color for cotton rag paper. This will also set you apart from the people buying paper at a big box store. There is a major difference!

Good Luck!
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:31 PM
Renee Owen Renee Owen is offline
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Re: best inkjet printer for mixed-media artists

Thanks, "archivalarts," for your helpful reply. I'm definitely using a professional photographer for shooting my work. Hoping to do some playing around w/ my own photos & using more digital work in my mixed media artist books. So the suggestions about going for an Epson printer (w/ separate ink cartridges) is helpful. And will check out the cotton rag paper you recommended. Thanks again for taking the time to reply!
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:54 PM
endeavoursart endeavoursart is offline
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Re: best inkjet printer for mixed-media artists

FYI you can print on Acrylic skins and coat almost any surface with Golden brand's digital grounds. Results are amazing even with cheap printers for creating original work. Just be careful with cheap inks, they do fade.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:16 PM
georgetroy georgetroy is offline
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Re: best inkjet printer for mixed-media artists

My major printer is the wide format Epson Stylus Photo R2000. Prints photos glossy and mat. A great all purpose printer, you want 11 or 13" wide, it will do it for you.

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