What is a Print? Fine art printmaking prints are 100% original works of art made by hand- much like a painting. Each one is numbered, titled, and signed by the artist. Do not be confused by the word print, these are not reproductions or images printed by a machine or printer.
How are prints made? Prints can be done in a variety of ways- intaglio, relief, lithography, etc. An image is usually carved into a plate (aka a matrix) and rolled up with ink. Paper is then placed on top of the plate and pressure is applied by running it through a press or by hand. Pressure transfers the ink to the paper making the final print.
What is an Edition? An edition is the total number of images produced. Since printmaking is known as the art of multiples more than one image or Impression of each piece exists. Its up to the artist to determine how many they want to make.
If an image is signed 5/12, that means that is the 5th print out of the set of 12. There will only ever be 12 of that image.
Each piece in the edition is numbered in pencil directly under the image and signed.
How Large are the Editions you Print? All my editions are 30 or under, and printed in limited edition, so once an edition is sold out its done.
What is an Artist Proof? An artist proof (A/P) is a test print to see the state of the image. It is not counted in the final edition because the image usually differs slightly than the final print.
What kind of paper do you print on? 100% cotton, acid-free papers
How is the artwork shipped? Your new art is packed in a clear cellophane bag, and mailed in between cardboard. Larger prints are carefully rolled and shipped in a tube. This does not damage the work in anyway.
Do I need to frame my print? Yes. All work is produced on paper, and I recommend matting and framing the piece to protect it from damage and making it ready to hang.
I can mat and/or frame purchased prints for you (additional framing and shipping charges will apply)
Is the Matboard Acid Free? Yes! All artwork comes in white acid free matboard with white cores. The surface papers are acid-free, and good for 8-10 years without discoloration.
I've recently started the option to upgrade matboard to Conservation grade. Conservation matboard is acid-free, lignin-free, and made from 100% alpha-cellulose fibers. Good for 50 years.
Can I customize and commission a piece art? Yes! Please take a look at the COMMISSION page, and contact me, so we can design something together.
How do I purchase work? Artwork can be purchased at my online store via the SHOP link at the top of the page. You can also find a handful of pieces on Etsy too. Photos, and Dimensions are posted for each piece available for purchase. If you would like additional photographs, or details of a piece of artwork before you buy it, please email me, and I'll be happy to provide you with more information and/or photographs. Do you offer Gift Cards? Yes! eGift Cards can be purchased for Kristina Hoover Fine Art HERE
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