I want to make picture postcards to send out, from collage images. What weight paper / card do I need to be printing on (on an inkjet printer)?

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Comment by Jennifer Wallace on September 20, 2020 at 10:11pm

Thanks, Martha! This is one of MANY projects on the go - I never get one finished before I have what I think are bright ideas for half a dozen others, so I'm always trying to catch up, and of course I never do.

Comment by Mail Art Martha on September 20, 2020 at 8:00pm

Hi Jennifer, your project sounds so exciting. Yes I missed the main point of the question.

I use 160 gsm from WHSmith, which is pretty thin, because I send them in an envelope but to send them naked I have used 240 gsm from Ryman. Anyway the heavier paper looks better.  Check with the manual or the manufacturer of your printer to be sure it takes it, as some may not.

I hope now I have answered your question.

At the moment I am doing collages by hand. I think I may need some 30 t0 40 pieces but of course I keep them simple. It is a new series of my Recycled Art theme.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on September 20, 2020 at 1:26pm

Martha - This could turn out to be a large-ish project. I've been working on a linked series of collage pieces over the past year - started in a collage class, this project just grew. It could end up with around 50 images, and a series of postcards is one idea for how I put it all out there. A zine is another idea. I have the machine for scanning and printing and am used to using that for a range of things, so that side of it's no problem. I collect all and any card with re-cycling possibilities that passes through my my hands, but for this project, wanting uniformity in a series, I was thinking of actually buying the appropriate weight inkjet-friendly material. All I wanted to know, literally, was what gsm is good for postcards! I've browsed online, and a wide range is coming up, so I wanted to pick the brains of people who know about such things.

Comment by Mail Art Martha on September 19, 2020 at 7:07pm

It does not have to be a cereal packet Jenn, any thin carton will do!

But if you want to print multiples (that is wise, as there are so many replies to make) scan or take photos and feed them into the computer and print.this was answer C. The printer comes with a scanning program as I am sure you know and then you need a painting program to sort out the image and print. If you have not got one yet try IrfanView. It is free.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on September 19, 2020 at 4:53pm

Thanks, Martha, but (a) I don't buy cereals, and (b) I want to print multiples - enough to send out to a number of my mail art contacts. I'm heading towards the end of a series of collage images which I'd like to then take on into a series of postcards.

Comment by Mail Art Martha on September 19, 2020 at 2:43pm

A- You can use the carton of a cereal packet and of many others. Stick your stuff on the picture side covering it all or even incorporating elements of the picture from the carton if suitable.

B- You can design your picture entirely on the computer and print it with a laser or and inkject printer.

C- You can paint/draw a picture, scan it or photogragh it and printed.

D- Or any combinations of the above.

Whatever you do we will love it.

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