Papers and Canvas Information
Quick Paper Guide
Smooth Bright White Rag Paper – Moab Entrada Bright White (or Natural) 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
Fine Art Papers
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 Fine Art Papers
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 240gsm 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 Rag Papers
|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.
Hahnemühle Fine Art Papers
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.
|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
Moenkopi Unryu Rice Paper
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
Lexjet Sunset Reserve Matte 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!
Black Diamond Metallic Pearl Canvas
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.
Canvas UV Varnish
We spray all of our canvases with either a Matte, Satin 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:
- Enhanced UV Protection: for added longevity. – Clear Finish: once dry, the coating is crystal clear.
- Anti-fungals: an important feature for high humidity environments. – Incredible Gloss: Our gloss is extremely high and vibrant. Matte: A truly matte coating, that looks just like un-sprayed matte canvas, while offering superior protection.
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.