What is an Artist's Proof?
An Artist's Proof is a small portion of a printed edition of an image. Artist’s Proofs are typically no more than 10 percent of the full edition size. It will be consecutively numbered (separate from the regular edition) and have the designation of a/p behind the number. Artist’s Proofs are the exact same print as the full edition, but are numbered as a smaller edition and sought after by collectors.
What is a Giclée? (gee-clay)
Giclee is a French term meaning "spraying of ink." Printing directly from information obtained from the original painting, Iris printers spray microscopic drops of color on to a fine art watercolor paper or canvas. Displaying the full color spectrum, these artworks have vibrant colors and a velvety texture. This gives the finished product the look and texture of an original painting.
Your Giclée on canvas or paper is very delicate and completely intolerant to water and moisture. Please make certain that your hands are clean, dry and oil-free before touching it. (Perspiration on your hands or fingers will damage the image.) Do not spray or mist the back of the canvas Giclée once it has been stretched or mounted.
Framing your canvas Giclée will be done as any canvas original. Paper Giclée prints should be framed using acid free, museum mountings and ultraviolet filtered glass. As with all fine art reproductions, please hang it in an area that is free from strong light and humidity. Handled properly, your Giclée will provide many years of pleasurable viewing.
What is an Offset Lithograph?
Offset Lithography is the process of taking an original piece of art and separating the colors using a scanner or digital camera which feeds the image directly into a computer. Using this information and utilizing the photo offset printing process the press recreates all the colors in the original artwork. Additional tints or touch plates may be added to produce a print that is closer match to the original painting. Lithographs are usually a signed & numbered limited edition print and may also include an Artist’s Proof edition.
What is a Poster?
A poster is areproduction of an original painting, typically printed in the same manner, and on the same paper as a Lithograph. Posters are usually an open edition and may be reprinted as demand dictates, however, some may be signed and numbered edition, and will not be reprinted once the edition is sold out. Posters will often contain some type of advertisement for an event or organization however is this easy to trim off or cover during the framing process.
What is the difference between a Limited Edition and Open Edition?
A Limited Edition (numbered) is a guarantee that only a set number of prints will be reproduced, and is determined at the time of publishing. Many artists and publishers may designate more than one edition, each being printed in a different size. As with Giclée prints there may be a canvas and paper edition. Each print in the edition will be numbered with #/#. The first number representing that exact print within the entire number of prints produced represented by the second number. An Open Edition may be printed as needed and will often be a small “mini print” of an image.
What is a Serigraph?
Serigraphy utilizes the silk-screen printing process. For each desired color, a stencil is created indicating where the color will be applied. Then the stencil is adhered to a silk or nylon mesh screen, and paint of that color is forced through the screen on to the paper. This process creates a luxurious, vibrant and often-textured image.
What is a Remarque?
A Remarque is small sketch done by the artist on a selected number of prints. The Remarque can be done by the artist hand, or added at the time of printing by the publisher. Either way the original sketch will be of the artists design and will increase the cost and collectability of a print.
Will Limited Editions Increase in Value?
The value of a limited edition print is unpredictable and based upon the public's demand for this image. Since it is a limited edition and only so many prints will be sold, when the print is sold out the value may increase if additional people desire to purchase it. Limited editions and all other art work should be purchased because you love it and want to enjoy it every day. If a print increases in value, then you have an added bonus.
What is the Secondary Market?
Secondary Market is one source for obtaining prints or canvases after the edition is sold out from the publisher. The value and availability are based upon supply and demand. The secondary market can be extremely unpredictable as price is determined by the value of the print to the individual consumer and may differ from one geographic area to another.