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polliwag

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Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« on: November 12, 2012, 06:27:10 AM »
I have friends who all want the same watercolor painting that I did of the Bird of Paradise.  I actually painted it to give to one of my friends.  What is the cost and type of printing for a good quality print.  I really don't know where to start.  I have read that some methods fade quickly, others are extremely expensive, etc.  Dennis, if you or others have experience in using different methods, I am interested in hearing about it.  I know my painting is not a masterpiece, but even though I don't want to spend a lot of money, I also don't want to give someone a cheap print that will fade quickly.  What is a good quality and type of paper to use?
Dianne

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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2012, 07:09:46 AM »
Thank you for asking that question, Diane. I am in the same quandary. Can't wait to see replies.
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2012, 10:16:44 AM »
Not sure if this is the way you want to go, however I would like to tell you about my experience with printing my watercolour paintings onto cards.  I used a watercolour paper to do some of the cards, I could not believe how close to the original painting they appeared.  I have a good quality ink-jet colour printer and the paper accepted the ink well, with no bleeding.  People I gave the cards to thought they were original paintings.  It also gives you the opportunity to sign the cards in black ink or pencil, also contributing to the original feeling.  I have also done some cards on photopaper.  This is a great way to re-print oil pictures.  Oil pictures do not translate on watercolour paper the same way that watercolour pictures do.  Hope this helps.

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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012, 11:30:54 AM »
Gail that is a cool idea. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2012, 03:46:31 PM »
 :thankyou: Gail-great idea!
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2012, 03:59:41 PM »
Also, be very careful about copyright issues.  If it is a painting from these classes, they are for our own use only.  You can create your own composition, and paint them, then make those into cards.  I know Dennis will probably comment on this as well,  because this is really important, and we don't want to lose access to the awesome classes Dennis and Nolan provide for us!!  :smart:
 
I like the idea of  printing onto watercolor paper!  That would make them really look nice!!
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2012, 05:33:48 PM »
Thank you, Gail.  I've always wanted to do the cards.  Did you use the watercolor cards?  Might give it a try.

Pat, I know I can't use the paintings from the class.  I did my own drawing of the Bird of Paradise.  I actually did it to represent my friend's first bloom on her bird of paradise in her yard.  It's good to always be reminded of that.. Several people really like my Old Wood and Plaster painting, so thought I might come up with a new composition of a barn or shed or ?? with the old wood... maybe a fence..not sure.  Someone suggested that we mark each class painting on the back of the painting so that we remember.  I had done a bird of paradise once before too.  Not as good as the last, though. 
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2012, 05:53:01 PM »
I was a little curious on the class painting of the stretlizia, so I went back and looked at it.  I haven't actually watched the video yet... just looked through the hand out and watched a little of the video to see what order each part was painted in.  I have had several sketches of the flower which a lot are similar.  I think mine is pretty different..faces the opposite direction, has a different shape and the leaves are different.. also different colors too.
But just wanted to say to Dennis, if I have infringed on your design/idea/class  whatever, just let me know... I didn't intend to; but if I have in any way, I won't make any prints... Instead of giving them away.. I'll just keep it for me and paint another one more different for my friend.  Don't hesitate to let me know if you feel that I should not use this as my own.  Thanks!
Dianne

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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2012, 08:30:56 PM »
Dianne - I hope you didn't think I was accusing  you  :blush: - it was more a reminder for any new memebers who might not have seen our previous posts.  I apologize if I wasn't clear on that!  :flowers: I know we've talked about copyright before.  I remembered that when I mentioned my cards I didn't make it clear that they were my own compositions, and Dennis reminded us about the classwork being copyrighted.  I wanted him to know that we do remember this!!
 
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012, 01:05:57 AM »
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2012, 12:10:49 PM »
No, Pat, I did not take it wrong.  Actually I was glad that you mentioned it.  That's what provoked me to go back and review exactly what I had done.  Sometimes the "OLD" mind can play tricks on one! :2funny: :2funny:   I have gotten things confused before, so I wanted to make sure.  That's why I wanted to touch base with Dennis on this one... and thank you Dennis for your  O0 .   This is actually the second painting that I have given away.  The first one was not so good, but after I got much better reviews on this one, I was a little :( that I had already promised it to another friend.  These paintings become like your children... you want to keep them for life!!
All is well, Pat! :1hug:
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2012, 12:35:10 PM »
Dianne -  :1hug: to you as well!!
 
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2012, 12:38:31 PM »
Pat..just re read my first post that promted your comment.  I think I should have used a few more of our friendly little symbols here.  I can see where it might have seemed a little abrupt!  MY BAD! :flowers: :blush:
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2012, 02:26:42 PM »
Dianne - while computers and online communication is wonderful, it is also hard sometimes to gauge intentions!  I really didn't think you were abrupt, but I did wonder if you had taken my comments as directed only to you!  It was really to all of us, to remind ouselves to be careful!!  I probably didn't make that very clear, either! No harm, no foul! I think we all mean to be respectful of each other, and so that's the way I take it!  Unless someone makes angry directly faces at me - like this  :tickedoff: !
 
So far I haven't seen any of that here, so we're good!! ;D
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Re: Making Prints from Watercolor Paintings
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2012, 09:54:08 AM »
Watercolour paper works very well, I've also got some specially made inkjet paper that is textured like canvas. It gives beautiful reproduction and does an excellent job. I'll dig out my box and post the name for you.
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