How are your prints made?
One of the most exciting aspects of the revolution in digital graphics has been the introduction in recent years of relatively low cost ink flow printing equipment. Such machines make it possible for artists to produce extremely high quality prints of their work without having to invest in large amounts of inventory. Prints made using this process have come to be know as “giclee prints” a coined name that loosely refers to the method by which the print engine sprays ink on to the print media.
Giclee printing is done using digital print files. Traditional work must be scanned to produce a file or, as with the majority of what I do today, the work can be created within a computer using raster, vector or a combination of graphic arts software programs. With a digital painting the original artwork is a computer generated file. The graphic art program provides the palette and colors while an electronic pen gives the brush stroke and sensitivity control needed to produce the image.
Can you make a print to match the color of my car?
This is a question I receive almost every day. It is possible to change colors within the artwork’s digital file by use of image editing software. Such programs isolate colors and areas of the image that one might want to charge by altering hue, saturation, and lightness. The software makes the process seem fast and simple however I have found that the time involved and more importantly the results achieved are too variable to offer it as an on demand service.
Are these prints made from hand painted originals?
The prints I produce come from a variety of artworks some originated as traditional watercolors on paper, pen & pencil works, film and digital photographic images, most are digital art and some are made by combining two or more techniques.
What do you mean by Limited Edition?
These are prints that come from an issue that will be "limited" to a set number of copies. Each print is numbered and dated and comes with a certificate bearing the name of the person to whom it was registered. Once the stated number of prints have been produced the edition will be closed. The image might appear in another format such as in a book but will never again be issued as numbered prints.
Why didn't I receive a reply to my e-mail question?
There could be several reasons. I attempt to answer all e-mails I receive. Make sure your mailbox isn't full, if you already have a backlog of messages my reply will get bounced back by your provider. Spam filters used by many ISPs might also be the problem if you have not listed me as an approved contact.
How do I frame my print?
The information given here is directed toward the buyer who may never have done any type of framing and wants advice on a fairly simple and inexpensive way they can do the job themselves. This method is much the same as what would be used to mount and frame a paper print.
Some people will tell you that only paper prints are matted, ignore those people, the main purpose of a mat is to enhance the image. If you like the look of a mat by all means use one. The mat you pick should be made from acid free material. Choose a mat that fits the proper frame and image size. The images I sell on 8.5 x 11 inch canvas have been sized to fit an 8 x 10 inch art opening of an 11 x 14 inch precut mat for mounting in an 11 x 14 inch ready-made frame. 11 x 17 inch prints are sized to fit an 11 x 14 inch art opening of a 16 x 20 inch mat and frame, the 17 x 22 inch size has an image sized to fit a 16 x 20 inch opening and is most commonly available in a 20 x 24 inch mat and frame size.
Mounting The Print:
The backing board to which you mount the print can be mat board, hardboard, or foamcore board. You may be able to find self-stick foam core backing, if not, there are a number of ways you can adhere the print. Canvas can be mounted to the backing surface using cold mounting film sheets, spray or brush on adhesives, and double sided mounting tape applied to the back of the canvas. Be sure the adhesive selected should say that it is suitable for mounting artwork, "DO NOT", use masking tape or rubber cement.
(A) Lay your print on the backing board then position the mat on top. (B) Make sure the edges of the mat are square with the edges of the board. (C) When everything is as you want it carefully lift the mat off so as not to disturb the print. (D) With a pencil, make alignment marks at the print corners onto the surface of the backing board. (E) Remove the print and place strips of the double sided tape on the board along the edges established by your pencil marks and then add a few more strips within the interior. If using adhesive coat this area of the backing board. (F) Lightly position the print to align with your marks then, starting at one end, press the print down to adhere it to the tape or adhesive. (G) Assemble backing, print, mat, and glass into the frame and secure.
The two greatest enemies of all art and this applies to original works as well as prints, are light and humidity. The most important care tip for your art is to keep it from direct sunlight. No matter what the pigmentation or printing method, colors can fade over time from strong UV light. Your print has been coated with a clear UV protective sprayed on finish but use of UV light protective glass or styrene will add extra protection as well.