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.