I had an HP midsize printer that did this sort of thing (was a moving casualty). but it did do a good job with my watercolors -- the added inks, the 2 blacks, light gray, light cyan and light magenta can do the gradations that make the reproduction work. And if you print onto watercolor print paper, well, it looks pretty good.

So it does work when you have all those inks, but as Kathy says, it is costly. I am now, sadly in the market for a replacement, will be looking at the Epsons, trying to find a midsize.

Britt's idea is a good one, though.

-Clara



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On Oct 22, 2013, at 11:22 AM, Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

What about printing up multiple copies of the wedding invitations on one of those large format Giclee printers, then cut them up? That might bring the cost down...

Britt

----- Original Message -----
From: Bruce Bartrug [mailto:bbartrug@GMAIL.COM]
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Sent: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:01:28 -0400
Subject: Re: [SCIART] printing watercolors

Cost/quality is a good point.  I'm lucky to have a friend nearby, a pro
photographer, who does my large prints on a large Epson printer (2880?
4880?), and even has a printer that do 36 inch wide work.  It's much less
expensive than buying the printer myself and having to deal with the cost
of ink and the large footprint needed to store the printer.  Some small
print shops might also offer a less expensive alternative than buying
another printer.  Although the 1400 isn't that expensive nor as large as
the 4880 and has long been used as a fine art printer.

b



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