The Guide To Framing

Let’s start by looking at what a frame is. Pretty obviously, more than anything it is to keep the artwork flat against a wall and safe from being bumped or crushed. Yet in the act of framing, something happens. Whether we like it or not we have made a statement in relation to the artwork. Just to divert for one second – by artwork I mean anything that can be framed – a painting, drawing, … Read more

Chiaroscuro Lighting

Chiaroscuro lighting, or ‘Rembrandt’ lighting as it is also called, is a technique used in photography and in painting. It accentuates the focal point of the composition by bathing it in light. That way the area surrounding the focal point disappears slowly into the darker recesses. The Italian word ‘chiaroscuro’ means light and dark. And the alternative name of ‘Rembrandt’ lighting comes from the painter himself. It comes from the fact that he used that … Read more

Prints Versus Posters

How is one to distinguish prints versus posters? When I wrote earlier about methods of printing used for prints, and posters, and photographs. I explained how with modern pigment inks, posters and prints will last for many decades. Seriously, with proper care they can last over 100 years. There was a time when posters were produced to be disposable, so the inks didn’t last. But now the quality of inks is so good that the … Read more

Pigment Inks And Soluble Dyes

There is a world of difference between pigment inks and soluble dyes. The inks used in the posters we sell are pigment inks. And that is how we are able to offer posters that have archival quality. That means they will remain bright and vivid for many years. That is provided they are kept away from direct sunlight and cigarette smoke, advice that applies to all printed material. Before we get to that though, lets … Read more

Submitting Artwork

Are you an artist or illustrator submitting artwork to businesses who might be interested in your skill? We get these requests, with artists wondering whether their style and our cards would be a good fit. The problem is that some artists send files in an email and some of those files are huge . Avoid Large Email Attachments Here’s a tip for artists and illustrators who want to put their work in front of a … Read more

Dazzle Camouflage In Warships and Zebras

Dazzle camouflage for warships was a bold idea dreamed up during the First World War. Who invented dazzle camouflage? Norman Wilkinson was an artist known for his marine paintings and his advertising posters for London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Wilkinson was thirty-six when the First World War broke out, assigned to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on submarine patrols, and it was then that he dreamed up the idea of dazzle camouflage as a way … Read more

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