Welcome to the Fidelis Printmaking Studio
Artists have been printmaking since the early 19th century and their freedom to choose whatever type of press, process and media has not changed. Advances in technology have expanded artists’ tools to include digital photography and digital inkjet printing. With those came newly developed archival materials needed for “the print”, such as UV enhanced, pigment-based inks and specialty papers, fabrics and canvas.
The ability to make an original print(s), limited editions from photographs, or create reproductions of paintings and drawings using digital inkjet printing has changed the way artists market, sell and profit from their talent—it is this which excites us and makes our role at Fidelis unique and a privilege.
Fidelis is not a service bureau, we consider ourselves technical artisans who have earned their title as Master Printmakers. Our artist and creative clients are directly involved in the process and selection of materials (media selection such as, archival papers, canvas and fabric). It’s under their direction, we assist with manipulating a digital file and tweaking the printed results and appearance of the final print(s).
The Fidelis Printmaking Studio has earned a reputation for impeccable quality among artists, dealers and curators worldwide. Prints made in our studio have been placed and exhibited with major museums and contemporary art collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Presentation House Gallery, and the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver.
If at any time something is unclear or needs further explanation please drop us an email or give us call. Real people work here!
There’s four ways to get started learning about the archival inkjet process and Fidelis:
1. Explore our website and FAP Blog.
2. Start your research by reading through our “7 Simple Steps to Fine Art Printmaking”(below),
3. Surf through posts and articles in our blog archives
4. Answer one of the questions below:
What can Fidelis do for me?
Please select one of the customer profiles, you’ll be directed to information custom suited to your needs.
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7 Simple Steps to Fine Art Printmaking at Fidelis
During our many years in business we have developed a simple process for working art projects through our studio. Please read the steps below, follow the links for detailed information and be sure to call or email us direct if you have any questions. Call today to book your free consultation. We look forward to working with you!
- 7 Simple Steps to Fine Art Printmaking
- Step 1 - Request an Estimate
- Step 2 - Image Capture/Scanning
- Step 3 - Calibration and Special Enhancements
- Step 4 - Critical Proofing
- Step 5 - Final Approval
- Step 6 - Making the Final Art Print
- Step 7 - Final Payment and Shipping
The decision to jump into the world of art publishing requires some research and a close look at your business and marketing goals. You might say “I don’t have time” or “I can’t afford it”.
I’m here to tell you, that you can’t afford not to. I hope that once you read this post you’ll learn how easy it is to get started publishing your art; and get excited about the new markets, added revenue and marketing opportunities that self-publishing can bring to your brand. … Read more
Digital files of your artwork are your business assets. Once the original artwork is sold, the high-res digital file of your art must be properly archived and secured.
Discovering that you have written-over an archived file or learning that the storage media has corrupted your back-up, will not only make you sick to your stomach (and bring few tears to your eyes), it could mean serious financial losses to your art business.
In this post we’re going to talk about how you can be more technically responsible for your digital image files and share how we archive our digital data at Fidelis Art Prints. We’ll also point you to two great articles that talk about image archiving and how to choose the right storage media. … Read more
Don’t overlook the importance of photographing and archiving your artwork—big opportunities may be right around the corner.
Your images are your business assets. Even though you might not need it today, having high quality digital files of your artwork is a smart business decision. Big money making opportunities have been lost to artists who have poor quality or low-resolution digital scans/photographs of their artwork. … Read more
Everything you need to know about publishing your art in limited editions.
Publishing a limited edition artwork places certain obligations on you as the Publisher, the most important of which are control of the production and monitoring the edition. The process of producing a limited edition requires some advance thought about the size of the edition and some knowledge about the printmaking process. … Read more
Pigment-based inkjet prints are clearly the future of photographic imaging
Including a great YouTube video featuring Canadian photographer, Robert Burley’s Photographic Proof.
Next to image quality, image permanence is the key ingredient to producing a beautiful piece of artwork. Only archival inkjet media and pigment-based inks deliver the quality and permanence (100+) expected by top artists and their collectors—making archival inkjet printmaking the better choice for your art.
Understanding the difference between available print technologies should be a critical part of your creative process. Fine art photographers are shifting their preference to archival inkjet for its print permanence and display qualities. Also noting that the artworks look brighter and offer better contrast than wet-lab prints. … Read more
Let us finish what you’ve started when it comes to mounting and laminating your display graphics and prints. Fine digital prints deserve the best lamination and display mount selection possible.
Mounting to archival foam is often required for photo-based works that will be framed. From Foam-Core®, to , Sintra®, Diabond® and aluminum—if you can think it odds are we can mount it. Mounting to aluminum is a great alternative for mounting images to a surface that can stand alone on the wall or require an extra firm, smooth backing. Samples of these applications are available at the studio for viewing. … Read more
The nature of our printmaking process affords an unprecedented amount of image control. At the artist’s explicit request and under their precise direction, Fidelis Art Prints can modify an image in almost anyway. The degree of manipulation can range from subtle shading to radical reconstructing of the entire image, with the finished product showing no evidence of having been manipulated. … Read more
At Fidelis, we offer two different ways to wrap your canvas artwork so that is ready-to-hang; museum wrap and gallery wrap. Both canvas wrap options utilize heavy-duty museum quality stretcher bars so the printed canvas remains tight in place. We also staple the canvas to the back of the bar, creating a finished look from the side of the artwork. … Read more
Discover the Fidelis difference
A “master printer” is defined as an individual who is an expert at his craft, by having experienced his craft for many years. He is well respected in the industry by his peers, and often teaches or shares his expertise with others. His skills are honed, yet he is always developing and experimenting with new ways to make a better print. … Read more
The longevity of an inkjet print depends strongly on the inks and media used, as well as the environment in which it is hung. When deciding on what media to choose, be sure to ask yourself, “How long does it need to last? Where will it be hanging? What kind of light will be on my print?” … Read more