Fall Collection: New Prints, Cards & Paper

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It’s been a crazy busy fall at Off You Go.  This business is getting busy, and I am so grateful for the support!  Thank you!

In between processing new orders and managing social media, I have, in fact, found my way to creating.  There are several new works up in the shop now that I am super excited about…This bright blue number is one of them.  Please visit the site to check out what’s new.  You’ll notice I have added to the black & white collection as well and have added the first of a series of nudes…

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Side note: Those birds are super curious!

Greeting cards are coming soon!

I just received my first print run of my first card design and I have to confess…I’m super excited about it.  Art prints re where the core of my paper business lives and I am so excited to be painting on a smaller scale and bringing my art to a new medium.  I’m currently sourcing high quality envelopes, and as soon as I land on that, I will be launching them on the site & stocking them in local retailers.

Notes on Paper

A few weeks ago I received a criticism of my work.  Which I appreciate because understanding art and creativity involves getting everyone’s opinion and knowing how it affects them.  This particular critic, did not have many nice things to say, but only one of the points stung…he (or she) accused me of using photocopy paper!  ACCCKK!  I will not tolerate it 🙂 Just kidding, but it did give me the idea that I should share a little about the paper choices I make outer here at Off You Go and how they impact the final product.

In defence of copy paper, many of the worlds largest moments have been recorded, printed, created and shared on copy paper.  J.K. Rowling printed her manuscripts on it, leaders of countries use it to draft laws and my kids print their homework on it. Copy paper is, in fact, the stuff of everyday operations around the world, but I do not use it for my art or prints.

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I paint my watercolours on heavy weight, cotton rag, because I love the way the paint folds over itself, the way the absorption rate works with colour overlays and the depth of texture. I also love the way it works with my brushes and that it will hold onto brush strokes. I use a lot of water when I paint the washes and the heavy weight paper is block moulded so it doesn’t warp.

When I paint with India Ink, I use the same heavy paper as with watercolours, but with graphite, charcoal & pencil, I use a smoother art paper with a brighter finish that lends itself to blending and smudging and letting the light through in darker areas. When I make my prints, and now cards, I want them to look as much as possible like the original — scanning and paper choice make all the difference here.

I use a professional scanner to create my digital images, then have them professionally printed on Epson Hot Press Bright Fine Art Paper. This paper is heavyweight, archival, and lightly textured so your print looks as much as possible like the original.  You can actually see and feel the quality of this paper, even from behind a glass frame. Using this paper cuts deep into my business margins, but it is very worth it to be sending out a product that meets the highest standards of quality possible.

Thanks for checking in,

xob

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