Deckle Edge Inkjet Art Papers Add Hand-Crafted Touch to Gift Prints
When making gift prints this holiday season, consider using deckle-edge sheets of one of three popular Hahnemuehle inkjet fine art papers: William Turner 310 gsm, Museum Etching 350 gsm, and Photo Rag® 308 gsm.
A deckle edge is the irregular, feathery, torn-paper border that is traditionally associated with handmade art papers. Deckle-edge inkjet prints look and feel more like hand-crafted prints.
The deckle edges are particularly striking on prints that will be displayed in a floating frame. In a floating frame, the print appears to hover in front of the mat or decorative backing. Because the print isn’t positioned beneath the mat, the visible raw edges add a textural, dimensional element to the framed print.
All three Hahnemuehle digital fine art papers available with deckle edges are manufactured to meet high standards of archival quality. These 100-percent cotton papers are acid- and lignin-free and calcium carbonate buffered to neutralize acids from the environment.
The William Turner and Museum Etching papers are free of optical brightening agents (OBAs) that can cause papers to look yellow over time. Photo Rag contains a small amount of OBAs to whiten the paper and improve the colors and details in printed photographs.
William Turner 310 gsm is a mould-made, fine-art paper with a distinctive textured surface. Use it to reproduce original watercolors and drawings or to print digitally composed art. It can also be used for black-and-white and color photography.
Photo Rag 308 is a matte, white fine art paper with a smooth, fine-grained surface. This paper is a good choice for black-and-white photographs and digitally composed art that include a lot of detail and tonal gradations. The surface coating is designed to control image clarity even with heavier ink loads.
Museum Etching 350 gsm is natural white, matte art paper with a finely textured surface. The texture and weight of this paper emulate the look and feel of the boards old-world printmakers used to make prints from etched metal plates.
Printing and Handling Tips
When printing on deckle-edge papers, use a thick-paper print setting and make sure no fibers along the edge of the paper are sticking up.
For prints that will last for generations, use a pigment-ink photo printer (such as the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series or Epson SureColor P or Stylus Pro). Store the papers and prints in archive-quality envelopes, folders, and boxes. Use only archive-grade tapes and glues for mounting and framing.
Handle the papers with care, and keep them stored at a relative humidity between 35% and 65% and a temperature between 50⁰ and 86⁰ F.
Call the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 if you have questions or would like more information.