DEFINITION OF TERMS
A numbered series of prints. The edition is usually limited.
In order to preserve your print for years, archival framing is recommended. Archival framing is when an acid free matte and mounting board is in direct contact with the print. This will protect the delicacy of the 100% rag paper, so it will not discolor or disintegrate. The print should be sealed in the frame to avoid dust to enter the inside. The exterior paper of the print should never be cut otherwise it will no longer be considered apart of the edition. Framing experts should be clear on this format.
The artist uses a matrix consisting of either a plate, stone, block or screen to create the image of the original print.
An original hand-pulled or “fine art” print is an image created by the artist using a matrix consisting of either a plate, stone, block or screen. In this work, the printing method employed is a method entitled intaglio. Intaglio describes a process of etching a recessed image into a copper plate. A limited number of prints are individually hand-pulled from the image on the plate and then the plate is cancelled.
An original print is often confused with limited edition reproductions, which are a photographic copy of an original painting, drawing, etc. In reproduction prints, an offset printing process is used in much the same way as newspapers, magazines and advertising materials.