How to Start Your Art Collection with Original Prints

Yes I am talking printmaking, hand pulled, hand made by the artist. Not digital prints of paintings not posters, not even limited edition posters, not even Giclee prints. (see info at the end about Giclee)
So what is an original print? What is Printmaking and what is meant by the term hand pulled. These prints

Handmade Linocuts by Shana James
Handmade Linocuts by Shana James

are made in limited editions by the artist. The plate is created whether it is an etching, a drypoint or linoblock by the artist. Hand pulled refers to the image being pulled from the plate by hand.
In this case I carved the lino by hand to create a lino block from my own drawing. The scooter is my daughters old scooter, the red and blue trike is a replica from one I had as a child.
Here is an image of the lino blocks
Carved Lino Blocks by Shana James
Carved Lino Blocks by Shana James

You can see what beautiful tactile objects they are. In these images above I printed the lino in black and then hand coloured the prints by painting with coloured inks. These inks are archival which means they are lightfast, your original linocut will last. Another thing is that it is not printed on normal paper its printed on paper made from 100% cotton, this means it will not yellow with age. This artwork is made to last, you can will it to your kids!
I made these linocuts for the Artisan store in Fremantle, they are just $280 each framed or $$210 unframed wanted to make some iconic objects which connected pe0ple to their own childhood, reminded
Shana James Drypoint Print
Shana James Drypoint Print

them of the first freedom of riding a trike. You can buy these framed works from the Artisan Store 81a High Street Fremantle. They are very reasonably priced they are editioned to just 20 prints. The way you know that it is a limited edition is the number and signature on the bottom of the print so 3/20 is the 3rd print out of a total of 20. It will be signed in pencil. To see a video of Shana printing Linocuts click here http://shanajames.com/linocut/
Another form of Printmaking is Drypoint. Where the artist scratches the drawing onto a plate and takes a print. Like the linocut printed on cotton paper and editioned the process is even more labour intensive, but the results are stunning beautiful soft line quality that cannot be obtained any other way to see more about the process click here. Here is another look at that rich fury  quality. These are also available to buy framed at the artisan store in Fremantle. They are just $450 each framed or $360 unframed.
The Chimes Detail
The Chimes Detail

 

Printmaking is a Less Expensive Way to Buy Original Art.

While quality oil paintings may be out of reach financially for many people that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a framed poster. You can buy meaningful and well crafted printmaking. Art is what makes your home individual. One of the nicest things to buy as present for a friend or spouse. Unique, handmade, tactile and personal.
And if you wanted to know what a Giclee print is it’s just a digital print which is archival, so it is probably better quality than you home printer, but it is not hand made it is often made from a photo of an original painting or a drawing.
If you are in Fremantle over the long weekend to the Artisan Store over the long weekend and have a look at local handmade artwork by local Artisans. If you are not in Perth contact me via email to buy any of these pieces unframed. shanajames@iinet.net.au I can flatpack unframed work and package it so it arrives in pristine condition.