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Review – Epson R2880 – Part 2 – testing the Canvas Roll

This is the second part of my Espon R2880 Review. You can read the first part here.

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Set up is straightforward

Do not rip the plastic off the canvas like I did pictured above. The white plastic holders do come off and it is much easier to remove the plastic and paper coverings when they are off! Place the dark grey roll attachments on the canvass roll and then attach this to the back of the printer. Feed the canvas in until it is grabbed by the printer.

Gorgeous prints but why the waste?

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Why it pops out roughly 6 inches of canvas before it starts printing I do not know. It did this all three times I printed. The first two times I thought it was because i changed my page orientation when printing. The third time I left it horizontal, gave the canvas roll three inches of slack and it printed out that blasted 6 inches first before starting to print the actual document.

The Epson does print a fine line after your print to cut along to remove the print. Simply press the roll button on the printer to release canvass and once cut press the same button and it will suck it back in again. A cutter would be a nice addition as it does not release the canvass out past the paper tray. You need to use scissors to cut it and cannot use a ruler with Xacto blade to trim.

I printed Hope pictured above and below first.

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Secondly I printed We Flourish

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and lastly, Do You Love Me

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As I use this printer more I find the best setting for printing my original artwork created via traditional means such as watercolour or with pen is printing using the Colorsync option within the print dialogue box. Using the Adobe Gamma or Epson Gamma produces prints that are too vivid, oversaturated and posterized in appearance. In theory Colorsync prints what you are seeing on screen.

I hope to find a solution to the excess canvass that must be trimmed from prints after printing. If you know why this is happening please let me know. I can’t wait to introduce these prints to the shop!

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this printer and supplies (ink and paper) from Epson to test. If I liked it, I got to keep it and the supplies. I was not asked to write either a positive or negative review; only an honest review using my own words which I believe I did. In the end, I did decide to keep the printer and supplies .

Cheers!

RIP Cat McGandy – June 1991 to December 2008

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Cat McGandy AKA Aloka became ill last week. We thought she would pull through by the weekend. Last night she took a turn for the worse and passed away earlier today.

My friends gave her to me as High School graduation gift in June of 1991. She was the runt of a litter of kitties from a friend’s family farm. She was so tiny and never grew to more than 7lbs as an adult. But she loved life and everything that went along with being the family cat.

The picture above is her drinking from the Fountain of Youth. We all aptly named that little water fountain as she would only drink water from it so daily it had to be re-filled two sometimes three times. She taught my other cat, Missy, to drink from it to.

She is much loved and will be missed dearly.

xoxox

Cat McGandy (Aloka) – June, 1991 – December 23, 2008

Artist Tip #21 – How I created children’s paper scrap packs for Christmas gifts

Last night I assembled three paper scrap packs for my nieces; ages three, six and eight.

If you are like me you have many many paper scraps, oops prints and papers that are too small to use. I cut down a larger sheet of cardboard with teddy bears printed on it which now doubles as the backing inside the 8×10 inch plastic bag. The resealable plastic bags are the same ones I use to seal my art and reproductions in. A ziplock baggy would work fine to.

I dug out my medium paper scrap box finding all the pretty paper I could and cut any rough edges square and did the same with the paper from the miniature scrap collection. Next, I sifted through oops and test prints and placed five or six in each bag.

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I cut down one strip of blank stickers and wrote on the back “Draw your own Stickers” and drew the first two for them so they could colour them in.

Lastly I made four packs of itsy bitsy mini blank greeting cards with envelopes for them to draw on. I recycled used kraft mailers to make the mini envelopes and found some shiny red paper to create the envelope seals with. I threw in a glue stick and then sealed each bag.

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They look fantastic! I hope they like them :)

Last Artist Tip – How to draw a miniature in 5 easy steps

My art is featured in Canada’s Style at Home magazine

If you live in Canada or have access to Canadian magazines go and pick up the December issue of Style at Home magazine and flip to page 59. My art is featured within the Shopping Etc section under the Sites We Love Column.

Best of All, Style at Home tried Etsy’s shop local feature and found my shop along with AlbertaCountryPrim’s Etsy shop which is located here.

What they say,

The premise of Etsy is simple; items are mostly handmade, and the shopping experience is like Ebay minus the bidding aspect. Artisans craft everything from paintings to ceramics to ornaments, and sell them on this site, handling the shipping themselves…”

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They placed an image of the Sassy Sea Urchin within the article writing,

…entrancing sea- and floral-inspired art prints (left), from $5, by JessicaDoyle in New Brunswick, and AlbertaCountryPrimitives’ old-fashioned painted signs, from $18 each.

Back in September writer, Helen Racanelli contacted me, and at first I thought “this isn’t real”. After some research and writing back and forth a few times I realized pretty fast that it was indeed real.

Thank you Helen. I am humbled to be mentioned in such a beautiful magazine.

Brain. Fingers. Emotion. Computer?

I feel so sad right now. My emotions have run away with the circus.

My family is away. A very close friend, whom I love, is leaving tomorrow and I’m sitting here feeling sorry for myself. And words do not express how frustrating it is that my computer is so freaking slow.

No, the computer is not to slow; my brain and fingers are just too fast for this computer.

My fingers type key commands ever so quickly these days that the mac wheel just keeps turning, turning turning… all the while Photoshop, iPhoto, Firefox, Illustrator, inDesign and umteen other pieces of software refuse to do their job at the speed I need to them to do it in and continue processing processing processing. I don’t even know where to find the key commands in the menus anymore. I learn them, remember them and move on to the next one because it’s efficient.

When you’ve been using a mac since 1994 you become adept at making it work to capacity all the while being very efficient at operating three or more programs at once to get the job done, socialize and be productive.

Well, capacity was reached about TWO years ago!

Can I just freak out and not be calm for one minute.

RARWWWWWWWWWWW!

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10…

And to top it all off most of the online software that would make my job easier is not supported by OSX 10.3.9 which is what I run on a Titanium G4 Laptop from 2003.

Rant done.
Thank you for listening.