I’ve had my first print made. I might not have done it, but two events aligned to make it possible: I received $100 in gift cards to Digital Arts Studio (Award of Merit at an exhibit earlier this year), and I had in my possession a sold collage (for delivery to another exhibit).
My husband carefully took apart the frame of “In the Uncertain Hour” and removed the collage. It cost $75 to have the digital photograph and proof made. I had to select what kind of paper for the proof—it needed to be the same kind of paper as the desired print—and I selected canvas. One week later the proof and a CD containing both a jpg image and a VERY LARGE (100+ MB) file was ready. I was humbled by the quality of the proof—it was reminiscent of the way I felt the first time one of my collages was framed. I was told that if I wanted I could have this printed as large as a wall mural. I chose instead to have a print made on stretched canvas at a size half-again larger than the original, with a reverse of the image printed on the side returns. One week and $179 later, I went to pick up my new 26”x30”ready-to-hang print, and it is AWESOME.
I was so excited about the possibilities of this that I’ve decided to drop off a new collage to be copied every time I go see a proof. I didn’t know if my collages would work well as prints, but they do! Once I have had at least four copied, then I can be added to Digital Arts Studio’s online store where people can order any size print of my artwork on any finish, and each print will be certified original.
I guess I’ve just taken this up to the next level.