SPECIAL EFFECTS PRINTING
With our unique combination of equipment and skills, we have the ability to add special touches to a printed fine art edition. We call these techniques special effects.
They are easily applied to silk screen fine art prints, however once a digital giclée print (such as canvas giclee art) has had varnish applied, any of these techniques can be added as well.
The result is a mixed-media fine art print using old world printing techniques and the newest digital technology.
Metallic & Pearlescent Colors
Metallic inks, pearlescent and interference pigments add a subtle but dynamic richness to a fine art print.
The areas printed with these inks will be a bit glossier but will also have a metallic sheen when viewed from certain angles in the case of the metallic colors.
The pearlescent or interference pigments will change color when viewed from different angles, much like looking at the iridescence of a butterfly's wings.
It is possible to apply a layer of glitter to a print. A drawing is made of the areas that the glitter is to be applied and the art is burned onto a special screen designed to allow the glitter to pass through the mesh and onto the print.
There are a wide variety of glitters available for silkscreen printing therefore the color range is not limited.
The same technique is used to add textural elements to a print. Colored sand available at art supply stores, dry pigments and even reflective beads can be added to clear varnishes or colored inks, adding a unique surface to the print.
Texture / Brush Stroke Effect
By adding thickening agents to clear gloss coatings and printing with screens with a more open mesh this textural effect can be further emphasized.
This is done in much the same way that a color separation is done. A drawing in black ink is made of the texture that is desired. It can be an all over effect or limited to certain areas. It could have the look of brush strokes or could simply emphasize certain lines or design elements.
Once the drawing is created it is put onto a screen and into the printing press. It can be printed once or for a more dramatic effect, printed two or three times to build up the surface. This can also be done with UV cure ink over a UV varnish.
Protective UV Varnish