After months of toiling and fiddling, I finally got a print made of, “Rarefied Splendor.” Pretty excited about these! I’ll be releasing them next Wednesday, August 2nd at 4:00 pm Eastern Time in my Shop.
The sky in the original painting was made by mixing iridescent and pearlescent pigment into the wet resin then painting on and around those patterns. So when it came to making prints of it, it didn’t seem right to just print them on paper. After experimenting with some different papers, I decided to have them printed on aluminum through a process called dye-sublimation. They are printed on a clear coated aluminum sheet which allows the brighter colors in the print to reflect the metal and showcase some of that original iridescence. They are archival, scratch resistant, easily wipeable, and have a beautiful semi-gloss finish. So cool! I’ll include some more info on the dye-sublimation process at the end of the post.
They are more pricey to produce though, so they’ll be at a slightly higher price point of $175 unframed, and $225 framed. I worked with my framer to figure out a low-cost, framed and ready to hang option that looks clean and wonderful and is only $50 more. Since the prints are on metal, this also allows me to frame them with out glass which means that I can offer the framed versions to my international buyers as well. Hurray! Also, if you do end up buying an unframed metal print, I would recommend not using glass when you get it framed.
Here are the details:
Rarefied Splendor Print on Aluminum 18” x 18” Limited edition of 75 $175 unframed / $225 Framed & Ready to Hang
And as promised, some info on dye-sublimation on Aluminum via Blazing Editions.
Sublimation onto metal is a new, cutting edge, way to reproduce an image. Sublimation itself is the process of going from a solid to a gas, back to a solid – skipping the liquid state.
The image is first printed onto a transfer paper and then is adhered to pretreated aluminum (other substrates such as tile, wood, or glass are also available).
The aluminum and transfer paper are placed into a custom heat press, which is heated to temperatures exceeding 380 degrees Fahrenheit. While being subjected to extreme heat and pressure, the dyes from the transfer paper turn into a gas, are pressed into the surface of the metal, and then solidify into the treated aluminum. As the dyes cool they are permanently infused beneath the surface of the metal substrate.