In the meantime, I distracted myself with choosing artwork for SunnyBrook Farm's dining room, living room, and music room. I did find many wonderful Chinese paintings--too many, in fact! My husband and I spent many hours first printing them for review and mix and match. Then we narrowed down the selection and then had to decided on the appropriate size of each picture and its placement in the room. Then we printed them out again, this time on good paper (premium presentation matte by Kodak) and with the right amount of "ink" as in "Best Photo" on my Epson. This whole process used a lot of ink as well as time!
Now I have to make 15 frames! I am planning to do them all:
HBS chair rail #81424 for simple frames for my Chinese paintings.
|Frame for Chinese paintings, painted Delta Creamcoat "Metallic Gold"|
Possibly because the pictures are small and their resolution is good, I didn't see much, if any, difference printing on Michael's 65 lb. cardstock, Epson basic presentation matte paper, and Kodak premium presentation matte, and using "text", "text and photo", or "best photo" printing options for my Epson Stylus NX625 printer.
As I mentioned, using all the high end printing options uses a LOT of ink. I think it is worth a little time and effort to make some test cases before printing the final versions. No sense using ink that won't affect the quality. There is a difference in the paper weight that I used. The Epson basic presentation paper is the lightest. It is a good paper and makes a nice print but the print should be glued to card for support. I liked the Kodac paper the best. It has a nice surface and is sturdy. I still may glue it to card.
Some of the paintings we have chosen: