about Original Prints

The term “print” is often confused with modern day reproductions or photocopies. Some artists create an original drawing or painting and then have mechanical reproductions made to sell at a more affordable price.

For example, the term “giclée print” indicates that the image has been reproduced by means of an ink jet printer. They are sometimes signed by the artist but each one is exactly like another.

The difference between an original print and a copy is that each original print is hand pulled from a plate or block which the artist has created and individually inked.

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When you look at various original prints in an edition you will see slight variations in colour and pressure. This is part of the magic and charm of creating original prints!

ordering your Original Print

Photographs of artwork sometimes differ slightly in colour from the original, and each print in the edition is slightly different as well.

That is a part of buying original prints.

When I sell from my studio, I give the buyer an opportunity to choose the individual print from the edition.

If it isn’t possible for the buyer to come to the studio to choose, I would choose one close to the website image. The colours, however might be altered by the photographic process.

Shipping is less expensive and easier when the unframed print is ordered rather than with frame and glass,  Shipping framed work can be negotiated.  

Please contact me, and we can talk about the print you are interested in.

about Relief Prints

If you have ever carved and printed an image from a potato stamp, then you have done a relief print at its most basic. Relief printmaking is the earliest type of printmaking and it has been around a lot longer than the printing press.

Many printmakers do use a press for woodcut and linocut prints but they can be printed by hand.

Personally, I hand print large blocks and use an ancient bookbinding press for my smaller blocks.

In the photo to the left, I am working on Many Masks, a 16″ x 20″ woodblock print – too large to go into my press!

A relief block is made by carving away part of the surface of a piece of wood or linoleum and leaving part of it intact or raised so it can receive the ink rolled onto it, which is then transferred to the paper as an image.

Wherever the surface of the block is scratched or carved away the paper colour will show through. Once you have carved it away you cannot put it back.

Relief printmaking is a very low-tech and traditional process. Like all printmaking, there is an element of surprise involved.

The print is a reversal of the carved image and each step along the way, drawing, carving, inking with various colours, and finally pulling the print, all of these steps in the process act as a sort of translation of idea to image.

There are often changes and sometimes happy accidents along the way.

about Monotype Prints

What I love about monotype printmaking is that it is a more experimental and explorative process than carving a block. There is always an element of surprise to printmaking but with monotype prints it is even more so. It is definitely a lost and found process, sometimes a bit of hit or miss.

Monotype prints can be done in a painterly way, applying ink to Plexiglas or metal, and sometimes removing ink by various methods.

Sometimes stencils and other objects and textured materials are used as well.

In some cases I combine woodblock prints with monotype backgrounds, but in all cases each monotype print is unique and only one exists rather than an edition.

Tools, 14″ x 16″ monotype print

Eve, 12″ x 16″ monotype print

Dark Spiral, 14″ x 16″ monotype print

about Colour Reduction Prints

When you look at a woodblock print or a linocut print it can be one colour only or many colours. For many years I limited my images to single colour such as black ink on white paper. Simple can be beautiful.

When you see many colours in a print then it is usually done either by using a different block for each colour or by means of colour reduction.

Colour reduction prints are carved from a single block which is carved and inked for each colour.

We usually begin with carving the white areas away and then print (the entire edition) with a light colour.

Next we carve away where that colour will show and print a darker shade.

This process is repeated until you wind up with a dark colour or black.

There can be any number of layers involved. Once the printing is done you cannot go back and change any of the original colours. It is done.

Different stages in printing of “Masked Dancer” 15″ x 16″ colour reduction print

about Chine-Collé Prints

Chine-collé is a technique where the colour of the print is achieved by the use of coloured papers combined with the inked design.

Using a variety of thin Asian papers on a more substantial backing paper can create an interesting effect.

When combined with relief printing the gluing and printing may be done at one time in a press.

Here I am working on Warm Thoughts, a 10″ x 12″ chine-collé print

Anne’s Tulips“, 12″ x 16” chine-collé print, Joanne Brown

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