Serigraph is the term used to define an original, hand made fine art print produced using the screen printing process. While the screen printing process is used only in the first step of the creation of an H.C. Porter mixed media piece, a serigraph is created utilizing this process exclusively. In contrast to the artist’s multiple original mixed media paintings, each serigraph in the edition looks the same. Because there is a limited number created, the prints are referred to as limited edition prints. Each serigraph is signed and numbered by the artist.
The creation of a serigraph involves several steps:
- First, a separate stencil is created for each color.
- Then, using the stencils, a separate silkscreen is prepared for each color.
- The original prints or serigraphs are then printed by forcing ink through the prepared screens, one color at a time.
- The colors are layered one on top of the other working from dark to light. This printmaking technique creates the final multi-color serigraph.
Each print is numbered as a fraction – the number of the particular print over the total in the edition. Since each print is produced individually, the first numbers in the edition are no more valuable than the middle or last numbers. The artist’s signature on the print finalizes the acceptance by the artist that it meets her approval. When the edition has been completed, the screens and the stencils are destroyed.
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Dibonds are lightweight and rigid, this cut plastic material consists of a flexible polyethylene core covered with a thin aluminum sheet on each side, and is finished with a high quality lacquer that guarantees perfect printing. Dibonds weather extremely well, with high UV resistance and excellent stability within a range of temperatures. The perfect metal replacement, Dibond offers the same metallic finish without the weight or the risk of rusting from some metals. Dibonds are easy to display. They can be drilled, riveted, screwed or nailed to almost any surface, and as it will not rust or crack it is ideal for both long and short term displays.
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Giclée, (zhe-clay) is French for squirting or spurting and was coined by a printmaker in the 1980s who did limited editions of art prints on costly Iris inkjet printers. Galleries and museums wanted to differentiate between the high quality of the Giclée prints and the low-quality output of most inkjet printers of the time. Giclée prints are high quality, 12 color fine art images output by high end commercial inkjet printers – using premium ink and archival paper. The term Giclée has become synonymous with superior inkjet printing done by and for photographers and artists demanding the ultimate quality for reproduction of their works.
Open Edition Reproductions
Open edition reproductions are 4-color prints that can be produced in any quantity.
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