I recently received a question about creating and selling prints. Its kind of an open ended question which can have different answers depending on the person answering.
I have a question Graham. I have asked this no. of artists but none has answered it honestly. The truth is I am new in this selling business and I want to sell my work on my own too because selling from these online websites like Fine Art America, you don’t make much.
My question is which is a good place to get your prints made so that you can give people a better price than Fine Art America and you make some profit as well. I have tried places like Office Max but they don’t offer too many choices in prints.
Sonali is asking this question.
Do you know cheap, affordable places to get art prints made?
Please also offer Sanali any advice you have for selling art prints.
Please send your answers to the email below. You can also include your website, and an artwork to be published if you want.
I use Giclee Factory in Quebec, Canada. The quality is excellent, and they do drop ship. I tried another service that was faster, but the quality was not there - cheap thin canvas, not well protected in the shipping box. I consider the 1 to 2 week delivery estimated time worth it for the quality. I also recommend always ordering a sample print to check your colour calibration. It's hard to judge the lights and darks on a computer screen.
“I live in Washington State, about 25 minutes north of Seattle. For anyone in the greater Seattle area, I would definitely recommend ADG Graphics, in Lynnwood, Washington. They do an incredible job with giclee prints, and have a wide range of pH neutral fine arts papers to choose from. For those out of the area, they also do giclee prints by mail order.”
Robert Stockton (via Linkedin)
“I have prints made in a variety of ways, and all have their good and bad points. These days however, I prefer to do Giclee prints. The key is to find a very good printer ,who does high resolution work. I paint a lot of wildlife watercolors, and on selected paintings, I sometimes have 25-30 Giclee prints made ,that I number and sign. I always market them as Giclee prints. That way besides the original ,only 25 -30 people have a copy of that painting, not 300,500,or 1000 other people. To me it just makes the print more special, and my customer tell ,me they like that as well.
Since I have sold my originals and Giclee prints, throughout the United States,Europe,Russia,China,Japan,Canada and Guatemala ,this process has worked very well for me ,and I have been creating art full time since 1980.”
Jim Turlington (via Linkedin)
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