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The hand-made print
An original print is one where the printmaker creates a piece of art by the application and manipulation of one or more printmaking methods. It is not an identical copy of a piece of artwork, but a piece of fine art in itself.
The printmaker uses a range of artistic skills and judgments throughout the whole process from creating the blocks or plates, choosing and mixing colours and controlling the variables in the printing process. The result is an original piece of fine art, usually for a fraction of the price of an original painting or drawing.
There are many kinds of editioning papers for printmakers, from Japanese Washi papers to English Turner papers. From time to time printmakers work with other surfaces; ceramic, glass or linen, and these make us think.