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 It is becoming important to know how to distinguish a print from an original painting.

Art Prints are copies of the same piece, created through a printmaking technique. One of the most common types of prints is the one produced by a photo-mechanical process. The image is photographically transferred from an original source and is mass reproduced. Not to be confused this with original prints.

Original Prints are artwork from a matrix, which is generally a single metal plate; stone block, wooden block or screen that is hand-made by the artist. Each impression is done by the artist or artisan and the matrix is later destroyed. The prints are traditionally signed and numbered by the artist and generally called “Limited Edition Prints”. The numbering is done in this format: 1/100. Original prints can also be considered investments in themselves.

A canvas print, not to be confused with a canvas painting, is an image printed from an inkjet printer onto canvas. Once printed, the canvas gets stretched onto a frame. Some people opt for a frameless border while others prefer framed canvas prints. To create an unframed canvas print, many use the gallery-wrapping technique*. During this process, the canvas is wrapped around the stretcher bars and secured to the frame.

 *Gallery wrap is a method of displaying art wrapped over thick wooden bars so that there are no visible fasteners (such as staples or tacks). This method of stretching and preparing a canvas allows for a frameless presentation of the finished painting.


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