Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hey! Take a Look at Page 56...

I just received my copy of the March/April issue of Dollhouse Miniatures. I'm delighted to report that they included my second article with more information about how to matte miniature photos. It's three whole pages with the step-by-step instructions for how to matte photos using various shapes other than a plain square. I hope you may have access to the magazine.

Just the other evening, I read on one of the miniature store's web sites an essay from the shop owner's hubby. He is adamant that items printed on most computer printers will fade and fade badly, and the degradation will occur rapidly. I think he's overstating the case to promote sale of the shop's wallpapers. (Except for doing up some simple, striped wallpaper, I'd rather use commercially produced miniature wallpaper than try to make my own, anyway!)

So, the reasonable thing to remember is that if you do print out anything from your computer and plan to use it in your miniatures, be sure to spray it with fixativ to help reduce the degradation of the image due to ultraviolet light. And if you can put a museum-quality glass in the front of your room box, that will further help to reduce impact of UV light.

Illustrated above is my great grandmother, Lucy Hainline Bundy. The photo was taken in 1915.

7 comments:

dale said...

George, that is so cool, congratulations to you.

Yes, I've heard all to well about computer images fading all of the time, it's rather disappointing. :(

Caseymini said...

Congratulations, George!!! Well done!

Karin Corbin said...

Supposedly this printer ink should be good for about 100 years if used on good archival quality paper. It ranks the best in a lot of testing results. It is a pigmented ink.

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/Landing/UltraChromeK3.jsp

Tabitha Corsica said...

George...even commercially printed dollhouse wallpaper will fade (despite what the shop owner's husband implied). I even spray that with a sealer after a disappointing experience with a roombox. And the museum glass is a great suggestion...thanks!

Tabitha

Peach Blossom Hill said...

I have wondered about the longevity of both photos printed on various types of paper, archival or not as well as photos printed on textiles. I have several images I'd like to print and frame for various projects and to sell and have been wondering, besides fixative, what varnish or sealers to use?!

Congrats on the magazine publish. I couldn't afford to re-subscribe this year but am hoping to eventually.

Jody

miniannalee said...

I have an award for you on my blog if you would like to play along.

I remember seeing some of your work on one of the yahoo groups a few years ago.

peggy said...

Excellent picture - you are soooo talented. I'm trying to learn how to do this on the computer without having the Dollhouse Miniature magazine. Any chance of you posting the directions?

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