Art Prints For Fine Art Collecting

Potential art collectors with limited financial resources might do well to initially invest in art prints. Original fine art works may be too expensive but high quality art prints are more reasonably priced. Low quality prints like those found in magazines have minimal value but quality art prints are a different story. They are collectables in their own right and are treasured by knowledgeable art collectors.

A less expensive option to original art work is a print or lithograph. Rather than using traditional media, a print is a reproduction of the original art produced on paper or canvas with high-quality pigments usually through a silk screening process. Prints are attractive and can be framed and hung in the same manner as original art work.

Fine art prints appreciate in value over time, just as traditional original art works do. In fact, in the last few decades, the market for prints has been booming. Fine quality prints are an excellent investment, since they can be used to beautify your home and also to manage wealth. Some fine art prints appreciate as much as 10 – 20 percent per year, making them excellent investments.

A common misconception about fine prints is that they are not “original” works of art. This notion is inaccurate. Fine-quality prints are produced in limited, small-scale lots which are usually overseen by the artist. Not only is each print is individually numbered, the artist is responsible for selecting a printing process that will retain the original color and visual effects and minimal differences in each print. These variations may be slight inconsistencies in color, line and ink saturation but are what makes art prints originals in their own right.

Giclee exemplifies fine-quality reproduction technology. In the Giclee method, reproductions are created through the use of a patented ink-jet system. Small streams of high level toner are mingled on the reproduction’s paper in much the same way a painter would do with his paints. To achieve excellence in detail work, the ink distribution is extremely precise, and an almost infinite combination of inks can copy any imaginable hue.

Fine prints are an inexpensive investment that can beautify any room in your house. Imagine a landscape painting gracing the wall in your sitting room, or flower painting reproductions in the foyer, or colorful reproductions from children’s literature in your kids’ bedrooms, or lifelike still lives in the dining room.

If you’d like to consider art collecting but cannot afford original fine works, you may want to consider collecting art prints. High-quality prints are valued pieces sought by knowledgeable collectors. They are inexpensive, easy to care for and are produced on paper or cloth using high-quality inks. Fine prints can be quite valuable when produced in small amounts by a high-quality printing technique and number. One such printing technique is Giclee. Fine art Giclee prints are produced by a patented ink-jet process. Fine prints are an inexpensive investment that can beautify any room in your home. Imagine a flower painting gracing your foyer or brightening any room in your home.

- Gray Hamilton

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