Frequently Asked Questions
CPF means "certified picture framer". The Professional Picture Framers Association certifies individuals after extensive testing. This certification gives the consumer an assurance that the framer they've chosen has some background and knowledge in the art of custom framing. So look for the "CPF" behind your framer's name. Oh, and by the way, the Professional Picture Framers Association DOES NOT certify a gallery or frame shop...only the individual that takes the exam.
S/N...signed and numbered
Each print in a limited edition is signed and numbered by the artist.
A fixed number of identical prints of an image, signed by the artist, sequentially numbered, and showing both the print's number and the total edition size. Each print is referred to as a "limited edition print".
Will Limited Editions Increase in Value?
The value of a limited edition print is unpredictable and based upon the public's demand for this image. Since it is a limited edition and only so many prints will be sold, when the print is sold out the value may increase if additional people desire to purchase it. Limited editions and all other art work should be purchased because you love it and want to enjoy it everyday. If a print increases in value, then you have an added bonus.
An Artist's Proof is a smaller edition of an image that also has a regular edition size. It is usually no more than 10-15 percent of the regular edition size. It will be consecutively numbered and be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. APs are often considered more valuable.
An original drawing by the artist usually in pencil and is located just below the image of a print...either a portion of the signed and numbered edition or an artist proof edition.
HC...Hors de Commerce
A small edition of equal quality. Originally used for promotions by the artist.
The artist enhances a print by painting into the image, causing the print to have similar characteristics of the original. Highlights are added to create drama.
Secondary Market is one source for obtaining prints or canvases after the edition is sold out from the publisher. The value and availability are based upon supply and demand. The secondary market can be extremely unpredictable as price is determined by the value of the print to the individual consumer and may differ from one geographic area to another.
Serigraphy is a silk screening process. This process can produce prints of startling clarity or subdued elegance depending upon the artist's wishes. To make a serigraph from an original piece of art, every color in the original must be identified and separated. After the separation has been made, a screen is made for each individual color. Those areas that are not to be printed are blocked out to prevent the transfer of ink or paint to paper or canvas. The paper or canvas is then placed under the screen and the ink is forced through the open mesh. This process is repeated for each individual color. Serigraphs can have up to hundreds of separate colors. Although this high quality process is extremely time consuming, it creates an image that is not only luxurious, vibrant and often-textured but also affordable.
Giclee (pronounced zgee-clay) is a French term meaning "spraying of ink." Printing directly from information obtained from the original painting, Iris printers spray microscopic drops of color on to a fine art paper or canvas. Displaying the full color spectrum, these artworks have vibrant colors and a velvety texture.
You can email me and give me detailed information on the room, the colors and the wall space that you have to work with and I'll do my best to please you.
OR.... you can give me a call at 1-228-832-3177. I'll be happy to work with you on color and design that fits your needs.
available upon request!
Do you ship?
Indeed we do! My hubby oversees the shipping end of this business so let me sing his praises for a moment. Since we've successfully shipped to every part of the U.S. without claim of damage, my hat's off to his wonderful capability in safe packing.
We try to be fair on pricing so each piece is handled individually, weighed and priced accordingly. We will quote you a price before shipping either by email or phone...whichever you prefer.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org