Paper and Ink Quality for Printing

Paper and Ink Quality

Inkjet printer technology has been capable for some years of taking an image and printing it onto a large piece of paper.

Papers of archival (or museum) quality have been around for many years (long before inkjet printing) so this is not really a problem.

"Strumble Head"  giclee print by Tina Ashton The major stumbling block was the light fastness of the inks available. If an ink is not lightfast then the image will start to fade sometimes very quickly. Most of the cartridges for office type inkjet printers have a poor light fastness value. For giclee printers this has now been resolved with manufacturers claiming light fastness values of 70+ years.

 

Modern inks used in conjunction with archival grade papers allows prints to be produced that will almost certainly outlive the artist and the printer.