The time has come. While I would like to get a 24" Epson Printer, I'm not up for the $3,000 price tag, or rolled paper and ink costs. Looks like I am going for the 13" printer. Looks like I can get it for under $500. This feels like a good investment especially since I'm not having any luck finding someone to print my work right now.
The print guy who went out of business has put up a message that he is available for giclee printing jobs, out of his home I am guessing, which I'm excited about BUT he has yet to return a phone call or email. I'm sure he has much on his plate but we all know I'm impatient right? I will still need him for large prints but for now I can start making my own smaller ones. The new place I went to isn't really as available as I need, they appear to have vague hours and vague help, it has already been frustrating and fruitless just trying to find things out. I'm not exactly a left brained person so of course I didn't retain any of our conversation about price and paper ~ Tod called to find out and couldn't find out ANYTHING from the assistant who said the owner wasn't in, which means for that day I wouldn't even be able to get work done. I just wanted to pop in and have a test print made to go home and match it up with my monitor. It made me realize I need to do what I can to be more self sufficient.
While a 13" printer seems pretty dinky and I have to admit I was thinking getting the 17"' was a big compromise when my eyeball was set on the 24" machine; I can see that most of my prints that have sold are on the smallish side. I have yet to sell one of my larger mixed media prints so maybe this is smarter than I think. Ideally I will have a small printer and then a large printer as it makes no sense to print a 12x18 on a 24" machine and waste paper. Stuff like this always intimidates me since I have a hard time understanding the ins and outs of how things work. Luckily Tod actually likes looking into this stuff and has a better grasp of technology than I do, I think this will be a good investment and pay for itself rather swiftly.