Watercolor Paintings and Giclées

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Oct 25, 2013 No Comments ›› kevinmastin

Limited edition prints and giclées

Caddy Girl Watercolor Painting by Kevin Mastin

Caddy Girl 28″ x 22″ Watercolor Painting by Kevin Mastin

 

Scanning my watercolor paintings for reproduction is a laborious and frustrating task! The color range I can achieve in paint is very difficult to reproduce on-screen and in giclée printing. I’ve tried both scanning and photographing, and I’m not quite sure which I prefer. I seem to capture the color I want more easily with the camera, but the scanner captures the detail much better. Plus, much of my art is too large to scan in one shot, so I have to scan in sections and stitch it together in PhotoShop—a tedious process. Then I print it, color correct it, and print again until I get it where I like it.

 

Giclée Printing

Giclée is just a fancy term for high-quality inkjet printing. My printer is an Epson 9600 Ultrachrome (a great machine). It is 7-ink system:  Black, Light Black, Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta and Yellow. It is a roll-fed printer so I can print large:  44″ wide by very long!

Great Book Kevin Mastin

Great Book for Starizon Studios

 

Made in USA

Made In USA

I buy USA whenever possible; the papers and inks I run are all Made in the USA, and the barnwood frames I’ve been using are made in Texas.

Mastin Barnwood Frame

Mastin Barnwood Frame

 

My new (and growing slowly) Paintings collection is here.

I don’t have much of my artwork on here yet, because of this time-consuming work flow. I was hoping to have my online store open for Christmas (but that ain’t happenin’!). However, I’ve made a resolution for 2014 to get my important pieces scanned and available. If any of you have suggestions on a good scan, print, color correction workflow I would really appreciate hearing from you! Either send me an e-mail or leave a comment.

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