Painter Alexia Scott Prints Her Art on Kodak Inkjet Paper
At Freedom Paper, we love hearing how our customers use some of the photo and art papers we sell. For example, Alexia Scott is a landscape artist in Falls Church, Virginia. She uses Kodak inkjet paper on her 12-color, 24-inch Canon imagePROGRAF 6400 wide-format inkjet printer to make reproductions of her oil paintings and pastels. The Kodak inkjet paper she has chosen for this work is Kodak Production Matte,
“The nice thing about making prints is that you get a little more of your work out there,” explains Scott. “You are advertising yourself, as well as offering something to the public that is a little more affordable than an original.”
She regards making her own prints as a more artistically valid process than hiring someone else to do it for her.
With each print she makes, she continues to add her own touches. “When you learn to do the process yourself, you’re having fun with it—using printing as a tool just as you would use a paintbrush as a tool,” Alexia explains.
Scott not only prints her own files, but also creates them. Working in the natural light of her studio, she uses a Nikon D300 camera to shoot high-resolution images of each painting.
“A lot of the works I do are pastels and have a certain texture to them,” says Scott. “If I get the light correctly, the texture comes out in the print.”
Before she chooses an edition size, she outputs 10 slightly different proof prints to see which one looks best.
“Sometimes I like my prints better than the original,” she laughs. Edition sizes typically range from 80 to 125 prints, but some editions may be limited to 10 or 20 prints.
She hand signs and numbers each print, and adds an embossed seal to indicate that the print was made by the artist. In a notebook, Scott keeps records of when each print was made, numbered, and shipped. Each print is typically rolled up and shipped in tube, along with instruction for handling and framing.
Alexia does work with some interior decorators and has sold some of her art through galleries, But she is happy to be able to sell her paintings and prints directly to art lovers.
The ability to make prints on demand is wonderful, says Scott, because it eliminates the risk of being stuck with stacks of unsold prints.
Alexia majored in drawing and design at Kent State University, and spent part of her career working as an illustrator for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Smithsonian.
She switched to painting and fine art in the ‘80s when it became clear that most design and illustration work would soon be done on computers instead of by hand. Scott took courses at The Corcoran School of Art and earned a BA in Studio Art at George Mason University before earning a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at The George Washington University. She has been an art instructor at Georgetown University and has had exhibitions at several galleries in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC region.
Scott enjoys the freedom of being able to choose which images to print and on what type of paper. She chose the Kodak Production Matte paper because she likes the way the Kodak inkjet paper feels and prints.
“This particular paper lays out flat very well,” says Scott. This matters to Alexia, because most of her prints will be matted and framed behind a sheet of acrylic. If the paper bows up inside the frame it can create a gap that doesn’t look very professional.
Advice for Other Artists
Because of her background in graphic design and illustration for government agencies, Alexia feels comfortable printing her own reproductions.
When asked what advice she would give other artists who wanted to make their own prints, she says there is more to consider than choosing the right printer.
“I use a 22-inch iMac with a graphic upgrade with my printer,” says Scott. “These image files are large and need memory.” She also cautions that artists might be disappointed if they settle for a smaller printer that can’t handle 24-inch wide paper.
New Book on Pastel Painting
Alexia Scott is currently putting the finishing touches on another print-on-demand project – a book entitled “Pastel Painting is Transcendental: A Plein Air Diary.” It explains how painting outside with pastels can lift your spirits.
“The nice thing about pastels and being outside is that you don’t have to mix up any paints,” explains Alexia. “You can sit on a log and do it with a board of your lap and a box of pastels. You can sit, observe nature, and enjoy the colors.” The process can be very therapeutic. She expects the book to be available on Amazon in June.
To learn more about Alexia Scott’s work, visit her Alexia Scott Studio website.
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