Papers & Media

Canson Infinity
Canson is a world leader in paper manufacture who has been making paper since for around 500 years. The Canson Infinity range has been developed specifically to meet the unique needs of fine art digital photographic printing.  Developed to meet gallery and museum longevity requirements and to respect the ISO 9706 standard, Canson Infinity papers resist fading, maximise the conservation of your prints, and are acid-free certified to avoid paper degradation.

AND - Canson make utterly beautiful papers which create superb prints!

Canson Infinity PrintMaKing Rag (previously named BFK Rives) 310gsm
The name has changed, but the paper is still the same.  BFK Rives is the world's number one mould-made traditional printmaking paper, with more than 500 years of history and heritage in fine art. Canson Infinity PrintMaKing Rag is the digital version of that paper, a 100% cotton museum grade paper with a fine receiving layer, making it suitable for Digital Fine Art and Photography uses.  It has a unique pure white tone obtained without the use of optical brighteners and a very specific velverty texture.  This is an exceptional paper, ideal for fine art prints and photographs and gives them a very prestigious aura. 

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm
Rag Photographique is a 100% cotton museum grade white Fine Art and photo paper.  The exceptional smooth white tone is achieved during manufacturing by introducing natural minerals to the process. Rag Photographique offers an incredibly extra smooth matte surface with a sensual feel.  It also provides one of the highest achievable Dmax currently available on the market, making it ideal for fine art photography as well as fine art printmaking.

Canson Infinity Platine Fibre 310gsm
Setting the benchmark for Digital Darkroom papers, Platine Fibre Rag provides the aesthetic and feel of the original F-Type Baryta Fibre paper, having a pure white tone without using optical brighteners that are know to affect the longevity of digitally produced images.  It's extremely high Dmax and exceptional grey tones make it the product of choice for the more discerning black and white as well as colour photographic prints.

The surface is reminiscent of an air dried glossy silver gelatine darkroom print, with a light texture.

Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique 310gsm
Baryta Photographique is a true Baryta paper developed for inkjet technology.  It consists of an acid-free pure white paper with the same barium sulphate coating as for traditional silver halide and a premium inkjet colour receiving layer. It offers the look and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta print and complies with the ISO 9706 standard for maximum longevity. This museum grade photo paper shows excellent black density and great image sharpness, making it ideal for black and white photography.

Arches Aquarelle 300gsm
Arches Aquarelle is the world's number one watercolour paper. This genuine 100% cotton rag watercolour paper possesses the unique structure, surface texture and warm white tone that demanding artists expect.  This paper complies with the highest archival standards and is extremely age resistant: it has no optical brightening agents and is designed to meet gallery and museum longevity requirements and respect the ISO 9706 standard.

I use original Aquarelle Smooth Hot Pressed paper sheets, with a deckle edge on all four sides, sized at 56x76cm.

Breathing Color Lyve Inkjet Canvas 450gsm
An award-winning poly-cotton matte canvas, Lyve Canvas is bright white yet has no optical brighteners, shows fine details with strong colours and high Dmax. It has been archival certified for 100+ years, and displays colour consistency under different lighting conditions.

To provide further protection against dust, UV light and cracking under rigorous stretching conditions, I recommend finishing with Hahnemhule protective spray.

Phototex is a peel-and-stick printable polyester fabric that can be re-used many times over. It is a matte patented, adhesive fabric that can be applied on any smooth surface, then removed and reused as desired.  It will not shrink or curl or rip. Phototex can be illuminated with a backlight, be wrapped around corners or curves, and put on ceilings or windows.  Examples of Phototex can be seen here.