Prints are produced by a variety of means and the following brief definitions illustrate the artistic opportunity they create.
In artistic terms those produced by an artist in a limited edition will vary with the type of print, the complexity and cost of producing the print and the price required.
A list of typical prints and their definitions are shown below.
The latest development of ink jet or gicleť methods has enhanced the range and quality of printing techniques.
Limited editions can be a worthwhile investment as well as an attractive and collectable item when editions are kept to low print runs.
These are images that are produced by one off impression of artwork that has been painted or prepared on a base plate prior to simple contact printing.
These are images that have been produced on the end grain of wood that has been engraved, inked and then used to produce a relief print.
These are images that have been carved on wooden planks that are subsequently inked and used to produce a relief wood cut print.
These are scanned wood cuts that have then been enhanced to produce a wood cut impressionistic effect which is printed as a gicleť print.
These are images that have been produced from artwork, layered, coloured, adjusted and printed as a gicleť print.
These are images that have been produced from especially selected paintings as a gicleť print.
Traditional dark room prints are being replaced by the gicleť prints with archival paper and recommended inks, such as chromatic inks, being used to enhance their quality and light fastness.
This is a new art form that combines both painting and photography by creating a collage of a variety of images and producing new image that can then be printed as a gicleť print.
Another new art form whereby solutions to mathematical formulae are converted into images which are subsequently adjusted and printed as a gicleť print.