For a long time I have been looking for the best artistic printing paper that would best convey the texture of the original work. I decided on two different types archival paper that will really surprise you with the result.
I have decided the Sihl Aquarella matt Paper for the Fine Art prints.
This paper is slightly structured fine art paper, printed with Epson Ultrachrome K3 Vivid Magenta pigment inks and weight: approx. 210 g/sqm.
With its light watercolour paper-like structure, the paper is characterised by a delicate, airy reproduction. Rich colours are also shown to their best advantage.
Sihl Masterclass Textured Matt Cotton is the paper I chose for the Limited Edition Prints.
Structured artist paper, printed with Epson Ultrachrome K3 Vivid Magenta pigment inks, weight: approx. 320 g/sqm
Optical properties: warm white, matt, medium structured.
With its medium structure, this artist's paper lends a particularly intense expression to the message of the picture. The original natural white, slightly warm paper tone corresponds to a traditional art paper. Consists of 100% cotton.
+The fine art prints and their durability over time
I selected an acid-free, neutral paper with alkaline buffering.
I used highly light-resistant pigmented inks. All materials that have come into contact with the prints are acid-free, such as passepartout or adhesives. I recommend you avoiding large temperature fluctuations, colder than hot, 19°C to 24°C are optimal. The relative humidity should not exceed 60%, the optimum is 40%. Avoid direct sunlight, protect your prints from UV radiation
So, you might ask yourself how long are fine art prints "durable"?
I have read that tests by the independent American Wilhelm Image Research Institute on the current Epson Ultrachrome K3 Vivid Magenta pigment inks have shown an expected durability of more than 60 years up to more than 200 years, depending on the printing medium and colour mode used.
"Durability" means that the colours of the print and the paper do not change visibly to the human eye in this period. In the case of fine art papers, this means that an initial fading or color change of the inks/papers that is visible to the naked eye does not occur until after this period.
This has been a very important reason why I have chosen this type of paper and printing. I told you you would be surprised!
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Karmen Kraft's work is poetic and provocative. She captures moments of intimate stillness in the restless chaos of events her gaze seems to escape conventional situations, finding the beautiful introspection.