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ISA offers lots of fine art photo papers and giclee canvas

Since PMA collapsed several years ago and its rebirth as PMA@CES is the same days as Sign Middle East in Dubai, we will skip PMA and focus on ISA International Sign Expo 2014 in Orlando.

Here at ISA you can find plenty of after-market inks for giclee and fine art printers, plus you can inspect all the latest Canon and Epson printers. HP exhibits primarily latex rather than their entire series of nice Z-series Designjet printers.

But to set your giclee atelier apart from the run of the mill, you can be clever and add new kinds of printers which your competitors have not yet thought of.

FLAAR Reports sents a team of at least 4 staff to ISA because there is so much to experience here: inks, color management, media, plus all the new ink chemistries. is their web site, definitely worth visiting.

We hope to see you at ISA during April 23-26, 2014.


Canvas and lots of fine art media at ISA 2013

Posted April 5, 2013.

Four of us from FLAAR at at ISA wide-format inkjet expo. We are making lists of all the media which can be used for fine art photo prints and for giclee.

The reports will be available in several weeks.



Metallic inks, metallic fine art paper, metallic printable rigid material

Posted Oct 22, 2012

FLAAR will be reviewing metallic inks, metallic paper, and rigid substrates made of aluminum composite material. These reviews will begin during November.



FLAAR attends Photokina

posted September 24, 2012

Photokina 2012 entrance, expo attended by FLAAR teamNicholas and Sofia attended Photokina the first four days. They inspected cameras, lens, lighting, tripods, tripod heads, plus wide-format printers, color management systems, and media for fine art photography and giclee.

The FLAAR Reports on these aspects will appear during the coming weeks.



FLAAR exhibits fine art photographs of tropical flowers

posted Sept 24, 2012

FLAAR photo exhibit at Missouri botanical gardenTwo weeks ago an exhibit of photographs of Nicholas Hellmuth and Sofia Monzon opened at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world but conveniently happens to be in St Louis, where Nicholas has been raised and schooled before leaving for Harvard.

We will be issuing reports on this exhibit this week.



FLAAR will evaluate current Epson Stylus Pro printer models during 2012

First posted March 5, 2012.

Epson Supercolor SC S30600, water-based ink printer review

At the recent Graphics of the Americas in Miami the knowledgeable person in an Epson RIP distributor booth helped us understand what they felt were Epson's benefits over other brands (we then provide a real-world reality check to the claims).

In another Epson distributor booth, the sales person was very fervent pro-Epson. This helps us understand what claims are preached, and thus we can better explain the reality.

At the official Epson booth a hospitable individual helped me understand features of the newest Epson giclee printer.

Earlier, at FESPA Barcelona 2012, we also inspected the Epson SuperColor SC-S30600 but that is definitely not a fine art giclee printer.

So on this fine art giclee printers web site, we will be adding comments on Epson printers during 2012, and especially when is it better to prefer a current model, and when is it not a good idea to opt for a used previous model.

We will base our discussion on our own observations, on our appraisal of the claims by Epson dealers. One initial comment I can make based on perusing the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 in-person is that it really does offer many features that are not available on any HP or on any Canon wide-format printer. But we will discuss all this in more detail during the coming weeks.



Printing on Glass, Sign Africa Expo 2011.

First posted Jan 16, 2012.

CES (international Consumer Electronics Show) was attended by (a claimed) over 150,000 people last week in Las Vegas. PMA, a photography equipment trade show that faltered during 2009-2010 and then failed to launch an expo in 2011, has co-located with CES and was attempting to regain a presence as PMA@CES.

Three FLAAR Reports will result:

  • a free download on digital camera equipment at PMA + at CES; plus on what little wide-format fine art presence was there

  • free download of general comments on CES, in case you might consider attending in 2013 (be forewarned, the city was not able to handle 150,000 people, as in, over-priced hotels and not enough local transportion);

  • and a special consulting report for trade show organizers who would like to learn how to avoid the issues, headaches, problems, omissions, inadequacies that were so glaring at CES.

All three should be ready by Friday this week. You can order the report on how to improve management of your trade show by writing FrontDesk "at" The other two reports will be free downloads as soon as they are finished.



Printing on Glass, Sign Africa Expo 2011.

consulting Asia trade showsHow to survive with a printing shop when LED and LCD take over signage:

What YOU can still print to stay in business (and prosper)

This lecture will be presented by Dr Nicholas Hellmuth, at Sign Africa, in the last week of August, in Johannesburg.

Nicholas will also speak at the Sign Africa expo on innovative new inks, including from Jetbest, Sepiax, and Hongsam.

Dr Hellmuth is discussing with IPEX Middle East to possibly speak at their new expo in mid-November. IPEX Middle East replaces SIM. This is in Abu Dhabi.

FLAAR Reports takes pleasure in announcing that Nicholas will be speaking at the Sign Africa Expo Conference about "Printing on Glass: Discussion of workflow and many kinds of ink that work on glass".



Wallpaper, wallcoverings: "fine art giclee" for larger exposure.

Decal self adhesive polyester textile disperse dye sublimation printer media wall covering wallpaper decor

Imaging trying to find a truck big enough to move a framed panoramic mural! Chances are the mural would be scratched during shipment. Now you can print on scores of papers and materials, and send a simple roll to the hotel, corporation, or home, and have the mural installed directly onto the already-existing wall.

FLAAR has been visiting ink companies that make special ink for printing wallpaper. So our report on Hongsam wallpaper, wallcovering ink will be issued before FESPA. We will do updates during FESPA and during APPPEXPO Shanghai.

Our report on wallcovering material from DECAL is now already available as a download. We visited their factory last month.

Many people have told us they notice that FLAAR Reports are covering much more than just printers: we evaluate inks, media, substrates, and cutters.


Coming in December 2010 and January 2011 onward, discussions of how to print art designs and photographs on glass, wood, metal, ceramic tiles, and other thick rigid materials.

giclee and architectural decoration on glasshow to print on ceramic tilesprinting on wood, metal and stoneprinting on fabric and textilesuv cured ink for fine art giclee latex ink for giclee? sepiax ink for giclee?
HP Scitex printer

New HP latex ink printers

For fine art giclee and decor, some printshops are considering HP latex ink and UV-cured printing. So you might like to know about the new HP latex ink printers HP Scitex LX600 and LX800, and new uv-cured printer HP Scitex FB500. Do not limit yourself to latex ink (nor to HP). There is also Sepiax ink that will print on metal, stone, and ceramic tiles. And there are 45 brands of UV-cured printers in addition to HP Scitex brand.

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