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!