Artists may use printmaking tools as a means of expressing themselves and creating their works of art.
What is Printmaking?
Printmaking is the art form that has to do with the production of images on various types of materials, including paper, parchment, plexiglass, plastic, or any other form of material that the artist chooses to create his or her art prints on. Artists use a range of techniques for printmaking. What is special about printmaking is that it allows an artist to create multiples of his or her art prints; however, despite the creation and existence of such multiples, each art print is considered to be an original art piece respectively. The reason why each multiple art print is considered an original is because the print is an original to begin with; the imagery that is presented in is typically a unique image that is designed by the artist.
There are three major techniques that are typically used in printmaking. These three techniques are known to be surface, relief, and intaglio. There are two categories of methods within the surface processes. These two categories are planographic, also known as lithography, and stencil methods. At Dechamby Design, our art prints are typically focused around the lithography process, which we will explain in more detail further below.
What is an Art Print?
An art print is an original artwork in its own right. There is often a common misconception amongst some art buyers and novice art collectors, that art prints are reproductions of original pieces. The truth of the matter, however, is that art prints, despite being reproductions of a specific work of art are indeed original art pieces themselves.
An art print is as original as is the art piece that the artist is recreating from. An artist creates an art print his or herself, or makes sure to direct the person who is creating the art print; the artist puts time into creating an art print, and each art print will have small unique qualities about it, making it different and not 100% identical to another. An art print can be printed by using various types of printing methods and can be printed on a range of different printing materials, as previously mentioned.
The technique that an artist chooses to use to create an art print contributes to the uniqueness of the final art piece itself. What is special about obtaining an art print is that you are able to specifically tell an artist your preferences in terms of size; this way the art print becomes even more unique towards you and your likes.
What are plexiglass prints? To answer this question, let’s begin by talking about what plexiglass is. In simple terms, plexiglass is a material that is made out of good quality plastic, specifically polymers of methacrylate. Plexiglass is typically used as an alternative to glass, especially so as to be less easily breakable. There are a number of trade names for plexiglass.
These include such as Trespex, Oroglas, Acrylite, Lucite, Akrylplast, Altuglas, Perspex, Vitroflex, Lymacryl, Acrivill and Perclax; however, the typically used trade name is known to be “plexiglass.” What distinguishes plexiglass from regular glass is that it is even more transparent than glass, it is known to be extremely flexible, and most importantly, it is a shatter-proof material.
Plexiglass prints can range from posters that are used for advertising purposes, print signs, or even large formatted photographs. Plexiglass is an ideal material that is used for printmaking and creating fine art prints. At Dechamby Design, we make sure to select very specific oil on canvas fine art pieces, scan them, and print them on the absolute best quality 4mm to 6mm plexiglass that there is on the market. This will leave your fine art prints looking more vibrant than ever.
With today’s technology, you can direct print on plexiglass and still have a very high quality print. The plexiglass thickness gives an impressive depth effect to the image and makes the colors more vibrant, which is one of the main reasons why many artists use it.
Our prints here are Dechamby Design are known to be lithographic prints. Lithographic printing is typically known for using the immiscibility of water and grease, to create an art print.
The process of lithographic printing was discovered by Alois Senefeler during the very end of the 18th century in Munich, Germany. The process has to do with ink being applied onto an image which contains properties of grease. Any blank areas of the art piece trap moisture, this way repelling the lithographic ink. Then, the printing process begins, with the printing of the inked surface printed directly onto the material of the artists choice.
At Dechamby Design, our lithographic prints are either directly printed onto 4-6mm plexiglass, as mentioned in our “Plexiglass Prints” section above or printed on Fuji Crystal DP II paper and then mount the plexiglass on top of it. Both types of prints have to have a backing. Depending on the client’s preferences, Dechamby Design usually use Sturdy Aluminum Dibond Backing or Film Backing.
Our art prints take pride in utilizing vibrant shades of colors to create an especially stimulating effect. By using lithographic printing on paper and plexiglass, our final prints are able to bring out the most out of our rich shades of color.
What is a Fine Art Print?
To answer what is a fine art print; a fine art print is typically the reproduction of fine works of art, this often times being an art piece that was made with oil on canvas. Here at Dechamby Design, we focus on providing our customers with the perfect addition to any type of assortment. Customers are now able to choose any piece from our artwork gallery, and we will create a museum quality fine art print that will be unique to you, fitting the exact measurements of your preference.
It is important to remember when answering what is a fine art print, that the final print will only be as good as the printing process, the quality of the materials that are used to create it and the file used for the print. As we mentioned in our “Plexiglass Prints” section, at Dechamby Design, we make sure to select very specific oil on canvas fine art pieces that we know will look optimal as prints. We then scan these pieces and either direct print them on the absolute best quality 4mm to 6mm plexiglass that the market offers or Fine Art print them with dibond backing. This way, you can rest assured that your piece will be of the utmost quality.
Our Colorful Art Prints
Our colorful art prints here at Dechamby Design focus on creating a positive atmosphere within your home or workspace. Our art prints are museum quality, colorful and hyperrealistic in nature. We want to make the first fifteen years of Caroline Dechamby’s unique work once more obtainable to public and private buyers respectively. Our colorful art prints are vibrant, as our mission is to spread color and its positive energy with the world, through our especially vibrant compilation of arts!
At Dechamby Design, we have put together our hearts and our minds, to ensure that each and every art piece is produced with the utmost best quality, design, and craftsmanship. We specifically use the finest 4 mm to 6mm thick plexiglass that there is on the market, we undergo a direct printing process on either acid-free fine art paper or plexiglass and we use UV ink. This allows the art prints to be exposed both outside and inside. We use protective film backing for mass production and dibond for retail or on request by the clients, and lastly, we use a subframe that is strategically placed on the piece to make sure that it is well secured, balanced, and very easy to hang.
Framing, Hanging and Displaying Art Prints
How to Frame Art Prints
How to frame art prints is a common question that is asked amongst buyers of art and art collectors. The first step to this is deciding whether or not you want a visible frame or not. Secondly and very importantly, you must find a frame that matches the measurements of your art prints.
There are so many different frames that you can choose from, which makes the process of how to frame art prints all the more fun. Here at Dechamby Design, we prefer the subframe, which is not visible after hanging it on the wall; however, some clients will sometimes request floater frames or Solid Wood / Aluminum ArtBox.
How to Hang Art Prints
One of the most important things that have to do with how to hang art prints is the measuring process. It is important that the height of a piece is just about right, in order for it to look all the more visually appealing. An art print should typically be hung at the level of the average human eye, which tends to be about 57 inches above the ground.
That measurement is actually the typical height that museums and galleries will commonly hang their art pieces in. The height of an art piece has to do with the vertical measurements of how to hang an art piece. Next, it is important to get the horizontal measurements just right as well. In order to do this, one must measure the center middle part of the wall in which they are planning to hang their art piece. That middle point is where the middle of the art piece should go.
Furthermore, you have to measure the difference between that center of the art piece, and the location on which exactly you nail the side of the artwork. Last but not least, we recommend to use a hanger hook with a nail, in order to ensure that the piece does not fall. Since our Fine Art Prints are made in plexiglass and aluminum, they tend to be quite heavy.
How to Display Art Prints
Are you wondering what is the best way to display your personalized art prints? Here at Dechamby Design, all you have to do is decide the area of space in which you would like your art print to be hung in.
Then, you can simply send us an email with a picture of the room you want your art print to be in and the painting you chose. We will be sure to send you a simulation that we will have created specifically for your art prints. If you are not sure about what piece to choose, one of our interior designers can help you with it. Just click on the contact icon to get in touch with one of us.
There are no wrong ways to display art. It is all up to you and what you desire. Most of our clients like to have their fine art prints centered on the wall and at eye level.
How to Hang Art Prints Without Frames
Art prints without frames will typically be lightweight in nature, in comparison to heavier artworks that work better with frames. These prints could, for example, include artworks on paper; however, some canvases can easily be secured on various walls without needing any sort of frames as well.
Such prints will tend to look more visually appealing to the eye if they have borders around the sides of the canvas or paper, rather than being left blank. Therefore, when you are planning whether or not to frame a piece of artwork, make sure to ask yourself the question of whether the art piece will look better with or without a frame.
If you want to create better stability, you could also try attaching a plate hanger on your art piece in order to get it onto the wall. If your art piece is especially light, such as in the case of a paperwork, then you could also decide to use washi tape, vintage tape, or blu tack, to paste the piece directly onto the wall.
What truly distinguishes our lithographic art prints here at Dechamby Design is their hyperrealism, color, and the energy that they evoke onto the viewer. The way that color can affect the human brain is magnificent. Vibrancy of color has the ability to affect your emotions and create a positive atmosphere within your entire work or home space. The coloring of our art prints specifically, is one of the most important attributes of our artworks. Our mission is to spread color and its positive energy with the world, through our especially vibrant compilation of arts.
Despite being reproductions of a specific work of art, art prints, are indeed original art pieces themselves. At Dechamby Design, our art prints are museum quality, and we have put together our hearts and our minds, to ensure that each and every piece is produced with the utmost best quality, design, and craftsmanship.