Tools & Supplies


Tools & Supplies

Printing your own art can be daunting. Here is a list of my preferred manufacturers after many misprints of trial and error, in the hopes it can help other artists produce their own archival quality prints. (Archival being acid free paper made of either wood pulp or cotton rag.)

I prioritize US manufacturers and sustainability (ie. 100% post consumer recycled paper). I do not use plastic sleeves, paper goods come naked or wrapped in some paper. I also offer a backing board return program.

  • Printer: Canon Pro Inkjet, dye based inks
  • Ink: Precision Colors refill
  • Coated inkjet paper, matte: Red River Paper, Finestra, Pacific Inkjet; either cotton rag or cellulose base, always acid-free
  • Uncoated plain paper, cardstock: Accent Opaque Cover 100lb
  • Gretting card envelopes: Fine Impressions, Envelope Gallery; gummed, not self-seal
  • Cutting machine: Silhouette Portrait
  • Sticker paper: vinyl or polypropelene labels from Online Labels, Sheet Labels, Avery
  • Protective sleeves: glassine sleeves or flat merchandise bags from Paper Mart in Orange, CA
  • Mailing envelopes: Quality Park; gummed, not self-seal, and no clasp as required for letter mail
  • Cardboard backer: chipboard sheets or corrugated sheets from Paper Mart in Orange, CA
  • Sticker manufacturer: vinyl stickers from Sticker Ninja in Portland, OR
  • Eco friendly sticker: clear compostable wood pulp stickers from Sticker It in the UK
  • Eco friendly sticker: weatherproof paper stickers with a glassine liner from Zap! Creatives in the UK
  • Wood charms (pins, keychains): printed on plywood from Zap! Creatives in the UK, Ink It Labs in Austin, TX

For an in-depth breakdown of the supplies list, read our blog.