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Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Rooster, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Rooster

    Rooster Very Active Member

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    Hahnemuhle torchon with eco solvent inks?

    Just wondering if there was any issue of the solvents eating away the paper.
     
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    P Wagner Very Active Member

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    Typically, there is no chemical reaction that occurs between solvents (or 'eco' solvents) and natural fibers like cellulose paper. I would expect the ink to wick into the paper, similar to a sponge, and color will be very fuzzy and muted.

    I would be shocked if this combination (ink + media) produced sellable output for watercolor fine art reproduction purposes.
     
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    I've used aqueous medias in the past that didn't wick up the ink as you suggest. For instance using epson's backlit media with a clay coating produced great results with no bleeding of the ink when it hit the clay coating.

    As I understand it all the fine art stock for digital print (aqueous) will have a similar ink receptive coating. Do you know of something that affects the art stocks differently than other aqueous treated medias?

    I've used a water colour paper from lexjet that was designed for eco solvents, but this client loves the Torchon and doesn't want to switch stocks.
     
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    P Wagner Very Active Member

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    There is no way to predict the reaction between sol ink and uncoated cellulose paper. In my experience, it has never produced satisfactory results. Your results may vary.
     
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