The Art & Science of Printing Media

Because we are using the most stable inkjet pigments available today for your work, we also have gone out of the way to find and specialize in using the absolute best media available for these inks, even if it costs us more.

For most of our work we use the top premium papers available by the French company Canson, the German company Hahnemuehle, and the American company Moab. Canson and Hahnemuehle have been making great art papers since the Renaissance, and still make some of the best drawing and intaglio papers available today, and that tradition is carried into their media with inkjet receptor coatings used for digital inkjet imaging. The four media used here the most are Canson Rag Photographique, Moab Entrada Natural, Hahnemuehle Museum Etching, and the fiber semi-gloss media 100% cotton Canson Platine. There are lots of other papers that we work with and can order pretty much any inkjet media that is avalable.

There are quite a few good European, Asian, and American inkjet papers made today, such as Hahnemuhle and Legion, but in the case of Canson they have gone the extra step of using pure pigments as whiteners of their premium media, instead of dye optical brightening agents. As a result they have by far the greatest longevity of not only any other inkjet media, but far greater than all the analogue media for gelatin silver prints and analogue color prints as well (See permanence page). In short, dye optical brighenting agents used in many inkjet papers, all type c analogue prints, canvas and fabrics, can burn out fairly quickly when exposed to light, and leave the highlights of the print an unseemly grayish or yellowish hue. In additon to the pigment whiteners that are stable, another significant benefit to the Canson fine papers is their coating, which is much more durable and flake resistant than most of the others, which can make a big difference when a lot of ink is laid down.

For canvas work the Breathing Color Lyve media we use also uses pigment whiteners and is the only other media company besides Canson that offer this.

If the premium papers are out of your price range, we offer a couple of high quality but less expensive papers. See "Photo Paper" for details.