Hey guys. I have been lurking around gigposters for a few months, and I really enjoy how helpful and (overall) friendly everyone is, so I thought I would put my specific issues out there and see if anyone had any suggestions for me... On my own I am starting to run myself in circles, so any advice will help!
Oh! Just FYI...I took screenprinting in college and have a background at small publications, so the basics of actual printing, registering, ink etc... while frustrating, I understand. I ain't scared...I also have a pretty big studio here in Brooklyn that I share with a really cool t-shirt printer, so I have all the space I need.
What I want to do: I want to make very large art prints/wallpaper. I want it to be as eco-friendly as possible, because the designs I have made are for kids...(who will try to eat the grapes off the paper, if you know what i mean.)
What I am really hung up on:
I want to make really, really large posters or for use as wallpaper... I want to produce in rolls of 2 or 2.5 x8 feet, or 3x3 feet sheets, I haven't decided which yet. So my largest and most difficult problem is paper supply. Everything else depends on that, it seems. But I am stuck. NYC is not a great place to find paper wholesellers, etc.
I need to find paper thin enough to paste/handle in large sheets (maybe I could get away with a 60?), but not buckle or warp...
Anyone worked with a large-sized project and had good luck? I've always used cougar 100lb cover, and that is way too thick for this, so now I am at a loss. Also, I can't find anyone who supplies it in roll-style, so I would have to abandon my roll idea...
Secondly, anyone tried soy based inks? I have no clue about them, they are used in newsprinting and I don't think they would be a good candidate for screenprinting, but hey...someone's bound to experiment.
Lastly, anyone use a good eco-friendly protective coating?
thanks, everyone in advance...