I bought an archival Canon printer. This printer will make archival prints up to 13 in x 19 in in size. You have to purchase Lucia Pro Inks so that the prints would be archival. That means that the inks are pigment based versus dye based. The pigment base inks are archival. I forget all the technical details, bu this article can help explain. I used Canon Matte print paper. I also liked the paper by Koala.
Pigment vs Dye Inks Mac World
I had to make prints any ways to test for my physical portfolio. You say, "Why a physical portfolio?" I like them and people like handling real things. If I attend a conference or go to meet up with a client in person I have printed hard copies. I think it helps when your files are digital to also see how they will print. I had 4 extras and I decided could I sell them with an impromptu post on IG and FB. Yes it worked and all 4 sold. I learned that the fastest images that sold were the animals.
This was a test to see what would be appealing for those people that like my work. If I start selling my pieces on Etsy I want images that don't have specifics like children. I think buyers of prints prefer animals then kids that they don't know. It's different if it's for my children's book portfolio. Then I want lots of children in the art. Being aware of who is buying what is helpful.
I'll keep everyone posted when I get my Etsy shop going. I did have a friend of mine that helped provided me guidance should I get my Etsy shop going. Maddie Donahue is a watercolor artist based out of China. Her watercolor prints and cards are available on her Etsy shop. Maddie Donahue Etsy.
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My name is Nancy So Miller. I'm a freelance illustrator that specializes in cut paper illustrations and is based out of Savannah, Georgia.