A couple of new and modern looks for your photographs is sublimation printing or facemounting. Go to the link below for an article prepared by Opus Art Supplies (Vancouver, BC) to see what it’s all about. This technique is becoming more popular and you can find suppliers locally that can do this for you.
These methods provide a very modern look that will set your art apart. There is no need for matting, glass or a frame making it a lightweight piece of art. These techniques are very durable and long-lasting.
Sublimation printing involves ‘printing’ the image onto clear-coated aluminum or onto a high-gloss finish of white-coated aluminum. Facemount printing ‘starts with a pigment-based ink and fine art digital paper – either resin-coated gloss photo paper or Moab Slickrock Metallic Pearl. The print is then laminated onto an aluminum composite backing, and faced with a clear adhesive, permanently mounted to acrylic’.
I’ve seen these methods used by members of my photography club and used in a recent exhibit at Tillsonburg Station Arts. The method you choose will depend on the subject matter and colours invovled. Do you want the metal to show through? Do you want a bright glossy white background to make your colours pop? Bright colours are stunning when faced with acrylic.
Thanks to Opus Art Supplies for this excellent article on these methods.
Two speciality fine art papers available for home printing are Moab Slickrock Metallic pearl and CANSON INFINITY Arches Aquarelle. The Metallic pearl promises to “transforms an image into lifelike, almost three dimensional quality.” The Arches paper “is a popular mould-made watercolour paper with a warm white tone. … is made with 100% Rag, is internally buffered to resist gas fading, and is acid-free to avoid paper degradation.”
When I lived in Vancouver I shopped at Opus Art Supplies. Unfortunately they don’t have any stores in Ontario although you can order on-line, but there is a charge for shipping. The beauty of this site though is their section on How-To’s, Video Demos and a library of written material like this article.
So get that photo off your electronic device or camera and make some art!
Since moving to Tillsonburg, Ontario, I have more time to do my art. I’m a member of the Bridge Street Artists at the Station Arts Centre and generally attend the Monday afternoon drop-in painting studio.
Painting is a relatively new endeavour for me. I took two series of art classes in acrylic painting from Lori Sokoluk, a Vancouver artist. I liked the way that Lori taught — a little bit of technique at the beginning of the session followed by just picking up a paint brush and diving in! And at the end of 6 sessions, I had a completed painting — that was pretty impressive to me. So of course I went back for another series of classes and through this, Lori and I became friends.
I’ve now picked up watercolour painting. The group of people I paint with on Monday afternoons, all do watercolour, so I thought I should give it a try. Then I took a course to learn some technique. I must admit I was surprised by watercolor – it’s not as difficult as I expected, once you learn how.
A community arts centre is a great place for new artists as it offers support, instruction and an opportunity to exhibit your work. There are two galleries at Station Arts: The Changing Exhibit Gallery, which is for established artists and The Bridge Street Gallery, which I like to refer to as the members’ gallery. Even a newbie like me can exhibit artwork.
It’s been quite thrilling to see my art up on the walls in the members’ gallery. I even had four pieces on show in the annual Potters and Painters Exhibit in the main gallery. And the biggest thrill is when something sells! Here are a few of my paintings — note: I’m still working on taking good photographs of my artwork.
Can’t make it to Europe to go on an Art tour? Check out the Art Project, powered by Google. Visit galleries, look at painting, see the architecture, etc. I’ve just taken a quick peek at this new site launched by Google on Tuesday February 2, 2011. So far there are 17 leading art galleries with works by more than 450 artists. I’m sure more art galleries will be added in the future. Go check it out at http://www.googleartproject.com/c/faq