We are all about supporting local artists. Our main business is giclée printing. All the other services are support services Here's a list of services for artists:
We try to carry a good selection of supplies specifically for drawing and painting. We lean toward high quality products that are great for artists of all ages both beginners and professionals. Our goal to save local residents the drive the one hour to Erie or Hermitage just to buy basic equipment.
If we don't have what you need we'll be glad to special order it for you, however we have minimums we need to meet with each order we place. So if we have just placed an order, it may take a little while.
Prepayment is required.
Some of our supplies for drawing and painting:
• Sketch books
• Drawing Pencils
• Erasers & Eraser Sticks
• Pencil Sharpeners
• Wood-less Pencils
• Pastel Pencils
• Vine Charcoal & Charcoal Pencils
• Oil Pastels
• Chalk Pastels
• How-to Books
• Watercolor Paper - 90#, 140# & 300#
• Newsprint Paper
• Brushes & Palette Knifes
• M. Graham Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic Paints
• Canvas panels, canvas
• Stretcher bars from 8" to 44".
Art Supplies for Drawing & Painting.
Giclée Printing - Your finest choice for art reproductions.
We print using a large format Epson nine color printer to obtain the best quality reproduction. It will print up to 44" x 90" on watercolor paper, matte paper or canvas.
What is Giclée Printing?
The word "giclèe" (pronounced zhee-clay) is a French word which means "to squirt or spurt." A giclèe reproduction print refers to both a category of collectible fine art similar to lithographs and serigraphs, as well as, a type of digitally printed fine art reproduction. Not any digital print is considered a giclèe however. Only digital prints created on state-of-the-art high resolution printers utilizing archival inks and acid free media can qualify as a true giclèe print. These prints provide rich color and painterly details and are often hard to distinguish from original artwork. They are available on fine art papers and canvas. Giclèes are laboratory rated to provide several decades, if not a century or more of lasting print quality.
Giclèe fine art reproductions are recognized world wide as "the next best thing to owning original artwork" and they can be found on display in the finest museums and art galleries. When you offer a quality giclèe fine art reproduction you can be assured your art will give your buyers years of enjoyment.
Advantages of Giclèe Prints
High quality imaging - hard to discern from the original artwork
Colorfastness - when the prints are protected under glass or sprayed with a protective coating, testing has found that colors will stay vibrant for close to a century before significant fading occurs.
No minimums - Print on Demand - You don't have to purchase a large quantity of prints to start with. Only order what you think you can sell in the immediate future. No need to store hundreds of unsold prints. You save money and storage space and get a faster return on your investment. Reprints can be ordered at any time and in any quantity.
Working Capital - The cost to bring an edition to the marketplace is less expensive than to produce lithographs or serigraphs. You can better afford to test your market or do several editions at once instead of just one.
• Costs for printing are figured on an individual basis depending on each piece's specifications.
• Prices include the initial setup fee based on the original art size, plus a per print cost based on the finished size and the substrate to be printed on.
• Pieces where the background substrate shows through such as with pencil or pastels, that need smudges or stray marks cleaned up, may incur an additional charge depending on the condition of the original piece.
• Initial setup charges include scanning and basic color correcting. Pieces that need extra cleanup or color work due to texture, large dark solids etc. may incur an additional charge.
• Reorder setup charges are minimal ($11) and cover the time involved to un-archive, setup, print and trim out an existing piece on file.
We can scan in-house up to 33" x 51" using multiple scans and can print up to 43" x 90".
Substrates for fine art & photography
• We use professional quality acid free papers and canvas.
• We feature Heavyweight Matt, Somerset Velvet Watercolor Paper and Premier Water Resistant Canvas for both paintings & photography. We also offer Premium Luster for photography applications.
• No minimum print quantities are required. You can order as few as one.
• Note, there is an $11 reorder setup charge with each additional reprint order.
After your art is printed your files are backed up in two places, one being off site. We will keep them indefinitely as long as the business exists.
You may request a CD or DVD of your files at any time. These are your files and you hold ownership to the reproduction rights.
You can call to reorder prints: (814) 337-8600
Notes & Tips
• Heavy textures create shadows when scanning artwork.
• Jet Blacks will reproduce as dark grays on watercolor paper. They come out better on canvas.
• Glossy artwork will create reflections in the scanning. Each bump of the paint will have an undesirable highlight. If the paint is not glossy but you'll want to put a gloss on the original, it is best to wait until after getting the painting reproduced before adding a gloss finish.
• The manufacturer if our canvas recommends that each canvas print be coated with a clear coating. We use a roll on gloss liquid acrylic coating. We sell "Krylon UV" acrylic coating for those who would rather spray their own prints. We can not spray the prints due to our space restrictions.
Mounting & Lamination - Options to protect your work for storage and presentation.
Mounting We have several backing materials that we use for mounting depending on the specific usage of the piece.
We can roll on an acid free adhesive coating to the surface of the backing material, making our own peal-off boards.
Laminating We carry 3 mil soft and 10 mil rigid lamination. Each has it's particular use. We laminate one side at a time then trim out the piece.
We can mount up to 42" wide x 96"
Thin plotter paper tends to wrinkle.
Prefolded documents tend to wrinkle when mounted or laminated.
Here is a list of the backings and their basic uses:
2 Ply Backer Board - for small prints prints up to 11 x 14
3 Ply Backer Board - for larger prints 11 x 14 to 16 x 20 and framing in shallow frames.
1/8 Foam Board - For shrink wrapping up to 11 x 14 (to save room in sales bins)
1/4 Foam Board - For shrink wrapping 16 x 20 and up. Backing of signs & posters.
1/4 Mighty Core Foam Board - A rigid backing that won't warm or bow for larger pieces
1/8 PVC Board - For signs, has a hard surface but tends to flex in larger sizes
4 mm Corrugated Plastic - For outdoor signs & yard signs with wire step stands
Shrink Wrapping - A great way to protect your prints until they are framed.
Protecting your prints for sale is of prime importance. We use a couple thicknesses of backer boards, depending on the overall size of your prints. Other options include mounting corners and insertion of sales materials and artists information sheets. Prices are set depending on size and options selected.
Matting & Framing - Simple & economical framing options to protect your art and your budget.
Custom Matting & Framing
Acid Free Mats - Custom cut mats featuring a broad range of colors to choose from.
We offer a limited line of framing services including . . .
Amish Wood Frames - Locally made with a variety of profiles and stain colors.
Designer Decorator Frames - Gold gilded, textured and beautiful shapes. Also a small selection of linen liners to add a special classic look to any frame.
Nielson Metal Frames - Gold, Silver & Black in a variety of profiles and depths.
Note . . .
To be truthful, framing is a secondary business for us. Giclée printing is our main focus. Therefore we try to stick to simple Amish style frames and lower-end framing. For higher end framing we can recommend other vendors that can meet your requirements.
Gallery - Giclée Prints, Framed Pieces, Pottery, Sculpture, Note Cards and more.
We feature a small gallery of local artist's work. Along with the prints we also feature original paintings, pottery, sculpture, shadow boxes, note cards and more.
Artie is our mascot. His job is to show you exciting pieces and frames.
Each month we host an artist or photographer of the month.
We are continually on the lookout for unique handcrafted art. Do you or someone you know have a special talent for fine art pieces? Drop us a line or have your friend get in contact with us. We will review it and possibly show their work in out gallery.
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