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What is the difference between an original print and giclee (computer copy)or reproduction (poster)?

An original print is a work of art created by hand through contact with an inked or uninked stone, block, plate, or screen that was worked on by the artist alone or with others. Usually it is an edition (ie 1 out of 15) 

Giclee printing is a method of printing art on canvas using pigment-based inks on a commercial inkjet printer. 

Reproductions are copies of original art, using a printer or offset printing press.

What are the different techniques you use in printing?

Here are the descriptions of techniques I use in my work

  • Etching is a printmaking process in which lines or areas are incised using acid into a metal plate in order to hold the ink. In etching, the plate can be made of iron, copper, or zinc.
  • Viscosity Etching a 20th century color etching process invented by Stanley William Hayter. A metal plate is deeply etched, producing several different levels. The first ink is applied in the usual manner, then inks of varying viscosities or oiliness are rolled on to the plate with hard and/or soft rollers, with one pass through the press. Very fluid effects and textures may be produced with this technique. This is why there are varied editions called viscosity printing.
  • Collagraph is printed from a surface that has been constructed of adhered elements, built up in a collage manner. This is an additive rather than a subtractive plate. The resulting plate may be inked in intaglio (below the surface with the surface wiped clean) or relief (inked on the surface only) or a combination of both. The plate is printed on a press.
  • Pastel Transfer is a drawing in soft pastel on tracing or transparent paper, laid over a rolled- out mixture of transparent base and raw linseed oil 50/50. This process is repeated. The tracing paper is then placed over a piece of dry/wet printing paper and rolled through the press.
  • Solar Plate Etching is a method by which photopolymer printing plates are used for intaglio or relief printing. UV light or sunlight is used to expose the image and tap water to etch the plate, thus eliminating the need to use acids etc in the classroom or studio.
  • Solarplate is a light sensitized steel backed polymer material used by artists as an alternative to hazardous printing techniques. It is a simple, safer, and faster approach than traditional etching and relief printing
  • Linocut, also known as lino print, lino printing or linoleum art, is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a printing press.
  • Monotype is a unique process in which a combination of painting and printing techniques can be used. It results in a one-of-a-kind image that is developed on a flat plate with oil or water-based mediums, and then transferred to another surface, usually paper.
  • Monoprint is a form of printmaking where the image can only be made once, unlike most printmaking which allows for multiple originals.
  • Lithography is a process where the image to be printed is drawn with a greasy substance, onto the surface of a smooth and flat limestone plate. The stone is then treated with a mixture of weak acid and gum arabic that makes the parts of the stone's surface that are not protected by the grease more water attracting. For printing, the stone is first moistened. The water only adheres to the gum-treated parts, making them even more oil-repellant. An oil-based ink is then rolled on and sticks only to the original drawing. The ink is finally be transferred to a blank paper sheet, producing a printed page.

What is an artist’s proof?

A print labeled artist’s proof is one that is not part of the edition but is retained by the artist often for his own record and sometimes for other purposes.

What kinds of papers did you use in your prints?

Here are the papers that I used in the prints on this site.

  • Arches Cover is a premier mold made 100% cotton fine art paper that has been in the market forever. It features a lightly textured, cold pressed surface and a registered watermark. Arches Cover is a paper devoted to the printmaking process, over the years it has won the hearts of pencil, pastel and charcoal artists who favor the rich feel of a soft and supple paper with a modest surface texture.
  • Chiri is made from locally cultivated mulberry fibers which are harvested from living mulberry trees. Thai Chiri features tiny chips of mulberry bark which adds dimension and texture to the sheet. This paper is made from 100% kozo, it is chrisp and lightweight with 2 natural deckles.
  • Mulberry Paper is crafted from the bark of the Mulberry Tree. Mulberry papers are known by many names including Kozo, Rice Paper, Hanji and Unryu. The long fibers of mulberry paper gives it a soft feel, yet maintains a durability not found in traditional papers.
  • Hand-Made Paper is just that: paper made by hand. I generally start out ripping some of my old not so good prints into small pieces. These are put into a blender and pulped. The pulp is sifted onto a screen and each sheet is laid to dry. 

What is the return policy?

If the buyer is unhappy with the print, it can be returned at the expense of the buyer within 14 days of the purchase. Upon receiving the print, the money will be refunded.

What if the print is damaged in shipping?

The print will be insured through shipping insurance.

How long does it take to receive the art?

About two weeks.

Will prints look exactly like the photo?

Yes, unless they are marked V.E. varied edition. See definition of Viscosity Etching.

Do the prints come framed?

No, but you can go to craft stores such as Michaels or frame shops for information on framing ideas.

Is there proof of authenticity?

Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity.