Q&A: Prints

This week’s topic: Prints!

What are prints?

The easy answer? Prints are basically a printed picture of an original piece of art.

However, there is a lot of work and care that goes into the making of each print. Each piece of my work is either scanned or photographed and then edited on a computer, making sure each print looks as close to the original piece of work as possible. Then I do test prints, making sure the resolution and colors are all good; this is the most stressful time for me as I’m a perfectionist! Once test prints are approved, I will print each image on high quality, acid free cotton rag paper. Once the ink is good and dry, they are each individually sealed with two coats of a special varnish that aids in protecting for water, UV rays, and scratches. They are all hand signed once the varnish is dry, and then packaged up in an acid-free bag with a backer board. The backer board is for packaging and transporting purposes only; it helps the print to not get bent and wrinkled, and is not intended to go into a frame. Right now all of the prints also come with an acid free, archival quality off white mat.

Can all of your pieces become prints?

Unfortunately, no. Some original pieces (like some of my Throwback Thursday pieces) do not have high quality pictures taken of them, so the quality will not be high enough for the prints to be made. Other pieces cannot be made into prints as whoever commissioned the piece has not given me permission to use it for other products.

However, most of them can be! If you see any piece you like either on the blog or somewhere on my website, check the prints section of the store to see if it’s available. If it isn’t, send me an email at shawnaapps@gmail.com and I’d love to try and create it as a print if I’m able!

What sizes are they available in?

Right now just two sizes: 4″ x 6″ (matted to a frame size of 5″ x 7″) and 5″ x 7″ (matted to a frame size of 8″ x 10″). I am looking into expanding the sizes, even doing some images as large as 11″ x 14″ if possible! I am also planning on having prints available without the mats; I know a lot of stores sell frames with mats as well as without them, so having both options available is beneficial to you.

Are all pieces available in all sizes?

No. All pieces can be made into smaller sizes, but not all of them can go bigger. Depending on the medium the piece is originally created with, the piece just doesn’t transfer well to the bigger size. For example, my Snowman piece is adorable as the 4″ x 6″ print. However, I printed it as a 5″ x 7″, and even after re-editing it, it still was very washed out. This is more because my watercolor style is very soft than anything else; a drawing would probably be able to transfer to the bigger size much easier. 

Why do you make prints?

This is a great question. I make prints for one reason: it’s a more affordable way to have art. A lot of people love my work (thanks, guys!), but can’t afford an original piece, and I completely understand that. This is a way for them to have something they love that works with their budget.

Let me know if I didn’t answer all of your questions in the comments below!

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