MARK LLOYD WILLIAMS
CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ARTIST
ORIGINAL PAINTINGS & LIMITED EDITIONS
HAND MADE PRINTS
OPEN EDITION PRINTS
Giclee: museum quality, archival digital printing. The ultimate technique for reproducing paintings.
Etching: an ancient process using a metal printing plate created by burning the design into it with acid
Silk screen: a hand-made method of printing using stencils attached to a silk-like fabric mesh.
LIMITED EDITIONS / OPEN EDITIONS / ORIGINAL PRINTS and REPRODUCTION PRINTS
A LIMITED EDITION is a print run where there is a total limit on the numbers produced: so the prints are always numbered like this:
There's the signature, the title and two numbers. The first is the print serial number, the second is the edition size. So this one's print number 18 out of a run of 40. There will never be another number 18: it's unique, and no more than 40 prints of this image will ever be made.
an OPEN EDITION is one where there's no limit to the numbers made: these are titled, and sometimes signed, as above, but are NEVER numbered.
A REPRODUCTION PRINT is one which is a copy of an existing artwork. An ORIGINAL PRINT is one where there is no artwork to be copied, the print itself is the original. OK, that sounds a bit odd: here's an example. Take a potato: cut it in half, carve your initials into one flat, cut surface, dip it in ink. Stamp it on paper: you have a print of your initials ! That's an original print: the process itself creates the original - there is nothing being copied. Silk screen prints and etchings are original prints.