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The Process Of Original Prints

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Original prints are pieces that are authentic works of art created by the artist or by an aide such as an artisan.  Roughly translated, each of these pieces will not be copies or reproductions of any other known work.  The artist is using the stenciling process to create a one of a kind work of art.  This means many different things.  For one, in order to create a stencil, it is created in reverse.  This is one of the challenges for an artist working directly with the reproduction process.  The entire image will have to be created backwards so that when it is produced, it will appear as the artist meant for it to appear.

 A lot of planning has to go into the making of original prints.  It takes a steady hand and a very dedicated mind to think in reverse.  That is what an artist has to do when creating these original works of art.  Each are done individually so, technically, each one is an authentic work even though when they are being prepared to be sold, they are sold as multiple copies of the same work.  This can be extremely confusing because the proper name for this is a monoprint.  A specified set of copies that are all sold together as a numbered group is called a limited edition.  While some reproduction equipment embellish reproductions for this effect, original prints all are each slightly different on their own, and this makes them more valuable.

Original prints include the signature of the artist.  The signature is usually done by using a pencil.  The number that is written on each one indicates the number within the limited edition that has been produced.  This number also indicates how many were made in total to make the edition.  It will be written like one would write a fractional number with the first number being representative of the number of the edition that this particular piece is, and then a slash with the number of all the pieces that were produced for this edition. 

When the artist first runs a copy of the work through the presses, he or she will retain a few copies for themselves.  These are known as artist’s prints and will be marked with the letters AP with a slash between them.  These first few drafts are run so that the artist can make sure that the colors are right and that the image is correct.  It is here that the artist will make any corrections that might need to be made before the final run of the whole edition is produced. 

There are processes in this industry that make it difficult to tell original prints from those that are merely reproductions.  Processes such as giclee require that the image be drawn onto the stencil by the artist so, in a sense, these are considered authentic, first drafts.  The image is actually transferred by other means onto the surface.  It is always wise to make sure that the customer is aware of which type of art style they are purchasing.


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