Glossary

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‘C’ type print

This is the most common type of colour photographic printing, with prints being made from small colour negatives.

Etching 

Etching is the process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the uncovered parts of a metal surface to create a design in the metal. The plate is then inked, with any excess ink wiped from the surface, and put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of art paper. This transfers the etched design to the art paper.

Limited edition print 

A limited edition can be produced in any multiples publishing including screen prints and photographs. The artist will sign and number all prints. The number of prints in an edition can vary depending on the type of artwork, but the total number within an edition is final and no more can be made once an edition is sold out.

Mixed media

Mixed media can be any combination of paint, pencil, pastels and collage used together to create an artwork.

Screen print 

Screen printing is a hand-printing method that uses a closely woven mesh screen – sometimes silk – covered with a unique, blocking stencil created by the artist. The printmaker carefully applies ink to the mesh, which is then transferred via the stencil to the underlying material – usually art paper. Each colour requires a separate screen to build up the various layers on the print.

Printmakers pride themselves on the careful precision needed to produce high quality screen prints.

Photo-etching

This uses the same process as etching but in this case a photo-sensitive coating is applied to the metal plate. A negative image is projected onto the plate to expose it, leaving the desired image on the metal plate ready for printing.