Quick Paper Guide
Smooth Bright White Rag Paper – Canson Velin Museum Rag
Textured Watercolor Paper – Canson Arches Aquarelle Watercolor Paper
Matte Paper for Dark or Saturated Images – Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin
Economy Photopaper/”Proofing” Paper – Lexjet Semi-Matte 300g
Economy Matte/”Proofing” Paper – Lexjet Premium Archival Matte
Gloss Rag Paper for Fine Art Photos & Shiny Paintings – Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta
Standard Canvas – Lexjet Sunset Select Canvas
We Currently Offer the Following Fine Art Papers and Canvas Options
Note: If there is a particular giclee paper or canvas you wish to use but we do not have in stock, ask us and we will consider ordering it. In many cases we would be happy to special order paper and canvas that meets our client’s special needs. We are a specialty printer and believe that our attention to detail and our choice of the finest papers sets us apart from the rest.
|Canson Velin Museum Rag
10/2018 – WE ARE DISCONTINUING THIS PAPER and recommend clients use Moab Entrada Bright White or Moab Natural.
This is was a great rag paper for a variety of images, including digital prints with continuous tones, and photos to be printed on Rag Paper. However, in 2017 Canson was purchased by the FILA group in Europe, and they made sudden changes to this once beautiful rag paper, making it difficult to use. The same goes for the Canson Infinity Arches, which we will be replacing next for the same reason. Canson changed the paper makeup, and it is now difficult to cut, very curly, and is causing issues with our printers. Another merger/consolidation gone bad.
We apologize to our clients who liked this paper as much as we did, but we can’t take the pain anymore. We are open to other papers, such as the Epson Somerset Velvet. Stay tuned, we will be expanding our rag paper selection to make up for this loss.
Recommended Uses: Watercolor done on hot press, pastel, photography, digital art
This is our recommended TEXTURED watercolor paper
Arches offers a beautiful genuine watercolor texture and great color. This is a beautiful paper for watercolor artists! It gives great color, it stays flat, and it has a great texture to it. It’s got a nice soft white point, and shows off watercolor reproductions as if it was the original. This 310gsm paper is 100% cotton, PH neutral, with a slightly off-white color, and it is extremely durable.
The world’s most popular mould-made watercolour paper is now available for the Digital Fine Art market. This genuine 100% rag, watercolour paper possesses the unique structure, surface texture and warm white tone that demanding artists expect from a traditional Fine Art paper. Canson Arches paper complies with the highest archival standards and is extremely age resistant. Arches® Aquarelle Rag gives a unique and unrivaled character to the Fine Art reproduction of traditional artwork and photographs. Product Features & Benefits • 100% Rag • Mould-Made: the finest and oldest paper-making technique • Compatible with pigmented and dye inks • Dries instantly • Water resistant • No Optical Brightening Agents • Designed to meet museum longevity requirements- meets ISO 9706 standard: – resist gas fading and maximize conservation – Acid Free certified
Recommended Uses: Accurately reproducing watercolor paintings originally created on cold-press or rough-press paper. Digital art that needs a watercolor textured paper, often to lend a more “handpainted” look to the finished piece.
|Moab Entrada Bright White Rag 300gsm
A nice mid-tier gicleé rag paper by Legion. Moab Entrada has a smooth, velvet feel to it, a bright white point, and a nice paper weight. Moab is not quite as luxurious as some of our favorite matte rag papers, like Canson Velin. While it has rich color saturation and a lovely surface, we do see some flaking issues with it, especially on darker images and don’t recommend it for all images. But it is one of our favorite options for prints that will be mounted or embellished.
Recommended Uses: Hot-Press watercolor, pastel, gouache, digital art, works well for embellished prints.
|Moab Entrada Natural Rag 300gsm
A nice mid-tier gicleé rag paper by Legion. Moab Entrada has a smooth, velvet feel to it, and a nice paper weight. The Natural White version of Moab is currently the “warmest” paper we stock. Moab is not quite as luxurious as some of our favorite matte rag papers, like Canson Velin. While it has rich color saturation and a lovely surface, we do see some flaking issues with it, especially on darker images and don’t recommend it for all images. But it is one of our favorite options for prints that will be mounted or embellished.
Recommended Uses: Hot-Press watercolor, pastel, gouache, digital art, works well for embellished prints.
|Crane Museo Textured Fine Art Rag
This is a fine textured paper. It has a nice texture to it with plenty of tooth and has a consistent white surface that offers fine color for demanding color accuracy.
Note: In the past, this was our standard recommended textured paper, but it has some issues with flaking. We have some remaining stock, but are discontinuing this paper once that is gone.
If you’ve used this paper in the past, you might want to try prints on the Canson Arches Infinity
Hahnemühle offers a beautiful variety of quality papers, which closely simulate fine art papers. If you’re looking to try something new, a Hahnemühle paper may be just the thing.
|Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin
This is our recommended satin rag-paper for SEMI-GLOSS images such as bright acrylic paintings, or photographs
Hahnemuele Photo Rag Satin is a matte rag paper with a very light coating, which saturates dark areas & gives them a satin sheen.
Unprinted, the paper looks like a matte rag, but once ink is laid-down the printed areas have a satin sheen like screenprinting ink or colored-pencil. This makes it great for paintings that have rich darks or bold colors, since it has a dmax more similar to a photo-paper than a rag paper. It also works particularly well for colored pencil reproductions, which end up looking like a colored pencil drawing, rather than a photo of a colored pencil drawing.
Recommended Uses: Colored Pencil, Digital-Art, acrylic paintings or oil paintings that leave areas of the paper exposed, photography with bold colors that requires a “fine art rag” effect
Torchon is a textured rag paper unlike any other – it has a more defined, large grain organic look than the other textured papers. The term “torchon” is taken from French and means “coarse structure.” The special surface texture of this bright white paper is a reminder of this. It can capture the timeless original beauty and three dimensionality of an artwork in its own special way.
285 gsm, 100% α-Cellulose, bright white, rough texture.
Recommended Uses: This is our favorite paper for reproducing textured pastels, the organic texture of the paper complements the softness of chalk pastel drawings.
|Hahnemühle Museum Etching Rag 350gsm
This is the heaviest fine art paper we stock, making for truly refined and luxurious prints. Its thickness is almost more similar to card stock, but its surface is truly beautiful and suited for fine art applications.
Working closely with some of the world’s most noted digital photographers Hahnemühle has developed its new Museum Etching 350 gsm 100% rag fine art paper for the North American market. The paper, with its subtle surface texture, has the look and feel of Hahnemühle’s highly sought after German Etching paper. Museum Etching natural white paper is exceptional for black and white or color production allowing for smooth, delicate tonal gradations. The heavier weight is ideally suited for larger prints as well as small. This paper meets or exceeds any museum standard for fine art digital papers.
Recommended Uses: High end fine art prints. Good for elevating photographs to look more like artwork, or for pastels, hot-press watercolors, and engravings
|Hahnemühle William Turner 310gsm
William Turner is a genuine mould-made paper in both look and feel with its matte watercolor texture. It is ideal for reproductions of traditional artworks and also for striking and expressive photo reproductions. This is a textured paper with almost a sandy finish. It is prone to flaking, which can enhance textured, rough paintings and watercolors, but frustrate photographers that see every spec as a flaw. This is a gorgeous paper when used in the right application, and has a very distinct flavor.
Recommended Uses: Grainy watercolor, splashy ink drawings, collage, conceptual abstract, foggy photographs, greys, anything with texture. Not recommended with deep saturated blacks or blues that will show any slight flake. Not recommended for solid color fields or images with smooth gradients (like photographs with an even sky).
|Hahnemuhle Photo Rag & Photo Rag Bright White
This is a great rag paper for digital prints with continuous tones, and photos to be printed on Rag Paper. This is the same paper as the Photo Rag Satin, but without the slightly semi-matte coating. It is an extremely smooth, low texture, bright white rag paper. Some other rag papers are notorious for flaking, and when you have digital prints with continuous colors and saturated photos, any flaking at all can ruin a print. This is the rag for you if you’re printing saturated digital art or photographs, especially photographs with lots of black or deep colors.
Recommended Uses: Watercolor done on hot press, photography, digital art, detailed pen and ink drawings
|Hahnemuhle Rice Paper
100 gsm, a white, 100% a-cellulose, laid finished paper – guarantees archival standards. With its premium matt inkjet coating this Rice Paper meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper. Perfect for reproducing Chinese landscape ink paintings or traditional Ukiyo–e woodblock prints. Unlike the Moenkopi Unryu ricepaper, this paper is not heavily textured and does not show visible fibers. It is similar to smooth, hand-made art rice-papers like mulberry.
Recommended uses: Ink paintings, asian art, lightweight scrolls, specialized fine art projects like handmade books or one-off prints for collage and mixed media
|Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta
This is our recommended gloss rag-paper for textured GLOSS images such as dark oil paintings
A true Baryta paper which has been refined for inkjet printers and mimics the look of traditional photographic fine art media. This archival paper has a smooth, white, glossy surface and can display an amazing tonal range, ideal for B&W images. You will be surprised at the depth and vibrancy this paper can deliver.
This is a stunning rag paper with a noticeable texture and a glossy finish. This is a special paper in our book. It’s a heavy rag, and it has a bold texture and a bold glossy finish. If you want a smoother coated rag, then stick with the Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl. If you’re ready for a bold texture that will add to and enhance your photograph or fine art reproduction, then this is a great consideration.
Recommended Uses: Oil painting, digital art, photography, reproductions with lots of deep dark colors. If your painting was shiny and dark, this is the best paper to reproduce it on!
|Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm
Fine Art Pearl 285 gsm -100% Α-Cellulose – bright white – pearl-finish. The bright white of Fine Art Pearl enables impressive contrasts and pictorial depth in black and white or color photography. The special coating provides a pearl-finish.We love this paper! If you want to reproduce oil paintings or acrylic paintings on paper, this is a great choice.
This paper has a sheen to it, and replicates the luminosity of varnished paintings, oil, and acrylic. It’s a great paper as well for photography. It has rich color, dark blacks and a nice white point. It’s not glossy, but it has a sheen, and yet still shows its rag paper texture. The Fine Art Baryta is similar, though it has more texture.
Recommended reproductions: Oil paintings, acrylic, digital art (especially digital art with deep colors and heavy blacks).
|Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm
Unfortunately, we’re having a vendor issue with the Bamboo right now, and only have a limited amount of this substrate in-stock. The closest paper we have is the Moab Entrada Natural White – its also a warm paper, but not as “cream” / off-white as the Bamboo.
The world’s first digital Fine Art Inkjet paper made from bamboo fibers combines spiritual photography with environmental friendliness. This natural art paper with its premium receptive coating guarantees Fine Art prints with a 3-dimensional image depth and is particularly suitable for warm-toned color and monochrome prints. Its fine soft surface also lends a tangible fourth dimension to fine art prints.
Recommended Uses: This is a WARM paper and reproduces charcoals and pencil drawings very well. We generally don’t recommend this for cool-toned images.
Harman by Hahnemühle Gloss Baryta is a true Baryta paper with a strong gloss coating. It’s glossy glossy. Don’t confuse this with the Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta. This surface has no texture at all. It’s a thick paper, and very very glossy. Resembles Fibre presentation papers. This paper can have a bit of a curl to it, so it needs to be framed up or matted to flatten it out. (We use rolls).
Recommended reproductions: Photography
Moenkopi Unryu Rice Paper: This is wild stuff. It has a creamy color to it and some fibers run through it, giving it a unique texture and design. This is a fun paper for the right application. Calligraphy, Japanese and Chinese brush drawings, things that leave a lot of negative space, but want texture in that space work well on this paper.
This is a bold paper, and can add wonderful texture to your artwork. It is a true Japanese mulberry paper, or Washi. Fantastic paper to get creative with.
Our Standard Canvas is currently Lexjet Premium Matte Canvas, which is a great bright white canvas with a medium weave. We also offer Simply Elegant Metallic Canvas
This is our “standard” canvas choice, because its our current favorite. A beautiful, bright white canvas with a medium weave, and great stretchability, we love this canvas for almost every project. After asking for it for years, Lexjet now creates the rolls of canvas with padded cores, which eliminates the “rippling” effect that plagues many other canvases. Unless you have a very specific reason for wanting a different canvas (like the metallic coating of Simply Elegant Metallic Canvas) this is a great canvas to go with!
This is a very distinct and unique canvas that we carry a limited supply of. The canvas is coated with a pearlescent/metallic finish, which makes the images printed on it appear semi-metallic. For paintings that contained a lot of metallic paints or silver and gold, it can be a nice way to replicate some of that quality. We may not always have this canvas in stock in each size, so please inquire before ordering it.
We spray all of our canvases with either a matte or gloss UV Varnish. This is one of the special touches that distinguishes our Canvas Prints from most other printers. Our studio includes a state of the art Spray Booth of our own design, which we use to apply the coatings in consistent layers. Unlike rolled-on coatings, our spray coatings don’t have any streaking or uneven textures. The coating determines the finish of the canvas, either making it appear matte, gloss or satin (light-gloss).
Breathing Color Timeless Gloss, Satin, and Matte Varnish: Timeless UV is a proprietary print varnish that has been developed to protect, preserve and enhance fine art and photographic prints produced on digital inkjet printers. Timeless was developed to be a significant upgrade to the available print varnishes on the market today for the following reasons:
Hahnemühle Protective Spray 400 ml
For rare occasions, we also carry Hahnemühle Protective Spray. This can offer incredible protection for your valuable ink-based images. We don’t use this spray on canvas (its too light), but it can be a good barrier for prints that are being embellished, or some of the more fragile rag papers. This odorless spray seals the printed surfaces and protects them from dirt, fingerprints and moisture. It increases the water-resistance of printouts and protects images from fading caused by UV rays.
The Protective Spray is fast-drying and does not turn yellow. It is completely transparent and has no influence whatsoever on the original colors of the paper.
Premium Archival Matte Paper: Lexjet’s Premium Archival Matte is a matte paper with a good white point. Since the color most closely matches the white point of our canvas and fine-art watercolor papers, this is what we use for matte proofing (we love the color, and it’s a heavier paper than most people use for proofing.) Archival Matte is a great balance between cost and quality, which makes it great for art fairs, conventions and promotions. It’s an all around nice paper if you’re not looking for a “specialty”, expensive fine art paper.
Sunset Photo Semi-Matte Paper: Lexjet’s Sunset Photo Semi-Matte is a semi-matte (light gloss) photo paper with a bright white point. Since the color most closely matches the white point of our high-end photo papers, this is what we use for gloss proofing (we love the color, and it’s a heavier paper than most people use for proofing.) Lexjet Semi-Matte is a great balance between cost and quality, which makes it ideal for art fairs, conventions and promotions. We recommend it for economy photo or poster prints, especially for images with rich dark color. It’s an all around nice paper if you’re not looking for a “specialty”, expensive fine art paper.
eSatin: Premium Luster Photo Paper from Lexjet: Wedding, portrait and school photographers have traditionally used luster papers for their photos. Lexjet’s e-Satin is the finest luster paper we’ve found for photography. We have many discerning, professional photographers that use our Lexjet e-Satin luster paper for gallery shows sales of their fine art photographic prints. This is our staple photo paper, giving us the most consistent, impressive results for our clients. For luster paper we prefer this to the Epson lustre. It’s a bit heavier and has a nice finish to it.
Sunset Fibre Elite:This is a semi-glossy photo paper that emulates the look and feel of traditional silver halide papers. Particularly well suited to black & white photography, photo restoration projects and sepia tones. We love this paper and will recommend it when we think it’s appropriate. (Billed as Fine Art Paper)
Sunset Metallic Pearl:Building on our award-winning lineup of inkjet materials, Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic Paper represents a breakthrough for inkjet photo papers. This paper enables you to create stunning prints that previously could be output only in a darkroom. The metallic, high-gloss surface on this 10-mil, 255g photo paper results in prints that are sharp, vibrant, and exceptionally rich-looking. This paper provides the perfect way to make portraits, commercial display prints, and competition prints that stand out from the others. The instant-dry, scratch-resistant surface of LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic Paper makes it practical for everyday use in busy studios.
Epson Premium Glossy: Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper offers the highest gloss level of any Epson resin coated photographic paper. Producing vivid life-like images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints, the ultra glossy finish, coupled with a 10 mil thickness and extremely wide color gamut, make this paper a favorite among discerning photographers. Its instant drying and non-cockling characteristics make use, handling, and display of the finished output trouble-free. It creates highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. This paper can also be easily laminated to provide protection from light and moisture.
Epson Premium Luster: Wedding, portrait and fine-art photographers have traditionally used luster paper for their photos. Now Epson offers new Premium Luster Photo Paper (260), the upgraded version of its popular Premium Luster Photo Paper (250), to digital printmakers. Premium Luster Photo Paper (260) delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. Its 10-mil RC base gives prints a photographic feel, and keeps the paper cockle-free.
Epson Enhanced Matte: For photographers seeking a flat matte surface, EPSON Enhanced Matte Paper is the ideal choice. This bright white paper is perfect for images that do not require gloss. It yields highly saturated images, while maintaining excellent highlight and shadow detail. Designed primarily for use with UltraChrome Inks, EPSON Archival Inks, and DuraBrite Inks, this versatile paper can also be used with dye-based inks. Hobbyists, professional photographers and digital artists alike will find EPSON Enhanced Matte Paper a remarkable solution for any project.
Epson Hot-Press Bright White: This is a smooth, true hot-press bright white paper (similar to Breathing Color Optica One, but with less paper curl issues.) A great paper choice for projects that require the smoothest matte surfaces, like detailed pen & ink drawings. Acid free, 100% cotton rag media with a bright smooth finish. This paper has an extremely-high color gamut and black density.
Adhesive Removable Fabric (Photo Tex): This is a super fun medium. It is a removable adhesive fabric that is water resistant, and can be made more water proof by applying a UV coating. The material can be stuck to just about anything, and removed easily and reused. Just peel it off and stick it somewhere else. Lots of fun applications for both art and advertising! The advantage to the fabric as opposed to traditional vinyl is that it’s easier to apply as wallpaper, since you can squeeze out the air bubbles, and it takes a top coating better in our opinion.
Clear Film: This transparent film can be hung in windows, or it can be used as the transparent film to burn silk screens. We’ve also had artists use this in combination with other things for light box type layered arrangements.
White backlit film: This is a semi-matte white, semi-transparent film that’s used for light-boxes. If you’ve seen light-boxes in places like the airport with backlit signs, then you know what this looks like. While the most prominent use is for advertising, we do have plenty of photographic and art applications using light boxes.