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How do you sign your prints?
My "Premium Limited Edition Art Prints" are the only prints I provide signed.
The paper edition prints are usually printed with a white border that extends 1 to 2 inches beyond the image size you have ordered. The title, edition number, and signature are inscribed in pencil in the white border paper margin just below the image area. Upon request, I can also sign prints on the back of the print if requested at the time of order.
My canvas edition prints are titled, numbered and signed on the image area, in the lower portion of the print. I use a metallic gold ink pen to sign my canvas editions. If possible, I sometimes sign my canvas editions in black ink. Upon request, I can also sign canvas prints on the back if requested at the time of order.
Are your prints considered to be archival?
After nearly 40 years of fine art photography, the realistic concept of archival photography has vastly improved. It is my opinion that the word “archival” is used rather loosely in today's art reproduction mediums. To be honest, there are no color print mediums that will last forever. However, concerning my open edition prints provided by my print provider, the inks and substrates that my print provider uses are considered archival. It allows me to appropriately claim that "under normal viewing conditions" the prints would last you through your lifetime and beyond.
When pigment-based “archival” inks became widely available in the early 2000’s print longevity vastly increased. It has been tested and claimed (in many cases) that 100 years or more could pass before noticeable fading will occur if the print is displayed "under normal viewing conditions". This is also true for my "Premium Limited Edition Art Prints. Their eventual longevity would be dependent upon the amount of light they are displayed in, and whether or not UV filtering framing glass or coatings are utilized.
If you are concerned always remember that it is harsh UV light, such as direct sunlight that can produce an accelerated decline in print life expectancy.
For a short time, in my early years of fine art photography, I used Kodak type C color photographic print papers. The lifetime of these early color prints on display was very disappointing. Sometimes as short as 10 years. Perhaps you are old enough to remember the lawsuit against Kodak claiming their papers provided a “Lifetime of Memories.
How are your open edition prints produced?
All of my "Open Edition Prints" are printed by my print provider. They are not signed. All inks used by my print provider are considered to be archival UV resistant pigmented inks. The papers, canvases, metallic aluminum sheets and substrates that they offer are all acid-free and of the highest archival quality. Framing, matting and hanging hardware, used by my print provider, is considered to be museum quality.
If you would like more information on Metal Print longevity, click on the following link. It is an informative document produced by ChromaLuxe covering Wilhelm Imaging Research data: https://www.chromaluxe.com/wp-content/uploads/FadeReportEpson.pdf
How do you print your premium limited edition art prints?
For my premium limited edition art prints (on both artist-grade canvas and acid-free art papers), I print using an Epson P9000 44 inch wide commercial edition printer. This state of the art printer incorporates the latest PrecisionCore TFP Print Head and PrecisionDot Screening Technology along with an eleven-color UltraChrome HDX pigment-based ink set with auto-switching black ink technology to produce vivid, brilliant images at a finely detailed resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. Also, this printer utilizes a Violet ink that allows users to produce up to 99% of the Pantone Formula Guide for solid color matching. My color printer ink and Paper/Canvas offerings in general terms can have a life expectancy rating of over 100 years and up to 200 years depending on display conditions and the papers or canvas used. My black and white images life expectancy is claimed to reach 400+ years.
At this time my paper of choice is Moab Entrada Bright Rag. It is a 100% cotton smooth finish, acid-free archival fine art paper that offers brilliant color reproduction. The canvas I use is a product from Breathing Color called Lyve Matt Canvas. It is a premium grade matte archival canvas that is free of optical brighteners, yet still bright white. It has a visually and measurably superior resolution Dmax versus competitors. It is formulated to work perfectly with the Timeless archival print varnish I coat my prints with.
Here is the link to another lengthy document from Wilhelm Imaging Research regarding the print permanence of Epson UltraChrome HDX pigment-based inks: http://www.wilhelm-research.com/epson/WIR_Epson_SureColor_P7000_and_P9000_Printers_2019-02-15.pdf
How much time will elapse between the order date and delivery?
The time will vary somewhat. There are a few things to take into account, and it is dependent upon which type of print you purchase.
For my open edition prints, it takes 1 day for order processing. 3 to 4 days for production and shipping preparation. If you add framing options, the time will be extended. 5 to 8 days approximately for shipping domestically, depending upon where you live. Shipping outside the country is difficult to estimate, but you can expect longer shipping times than domestic shipping. Open edition orders are shipped from Bay Photo in Scotts Valley, California.
For my “Premium Limited Edition Art Prints” once you submit the order it goes to my web business partner. The order is processed and the details are sent to me for production. This usually takes about 24 hours to complete. Once I receive the order it goes into production here in my studio. Printing production may take up to 7 days (depending on how busy I am) from the date I receive the order until it is shipped. Domestic shipping should take less than 5 days. These are shipped out of Bellingham, Washington
For all orders, you should receive an email confirmation of your order and once it is shipped you will also receive a notification via email with a tracking number.
Do you charge sales tax on orders?
For shipping anywhere in Washington State sales tax will be applicable. Since the sales originate here in Bellingham, Washington, the sales tax rate applied is .087.
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All of the products provided by my print provider for the "Open Edition Prints" are considered to be archival and the framing materials are museum grade. All of the "Premium Limited Edition Art Prints" I provide are printed with archival inks. The papers and canvas I print on are 100% acid free. There is a more complete description in my FAQ pages. Here is the link to that page: https://markbergsma.artstorefronts.com/general-production-faq-s
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