Museum Quality Archival Prints
Pure Carbon ink on 100% Cotton rag paper
Carbon pigments have been used for writing and imaging on cave walls for thousands of years and have shown to have an excellent history of stability. Carbon is by far the most light-fast pigment. It will not fade over time in sunlight nor does it suffer from oxidation.
Images printed with pure carbon inks would in theory last for hundreds of years without fading. Pure carbon inks are slightly brownish in colour. To counter act this brownish tone, some manufacturers add significant amount of colour pigments to achieve black and neutral tones. These added colour pigments can shift or fade over time, resulting in print tone that will be different from the original neutral greys. For example, Epson Advanced Black and White contain colour pigments to achieve neutral greys.
Overall longevity is also determined by the paper used for the prints. This is where natural 100% cotton rag papers are preferred. They are very durable natural material when it comes to image making.
In summary, pure carbon inks on pure cotton papers will give print with a beautiful tonal range and a longevity of hundreds of years. For more information click here.
All my B&W prints are printed (unless otherwise stated) using 6 dilutions of MIS carbon inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 paper, an excellent matt paper used for fine art printing.
Carbon on Cotton prints are great gifts for passing down to the next generation. Use the contact page to get in touch with your requirement.
All images displayed on my website are available as signed and some as limited edition prints.
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