Contemporary Fine Art Printmaking

Printmaking Processes / Descriptions

PRINTMAKER:  An artist producing original art prints by traditional, "hand pulled" methods



- Chine Colle'

- Collograph

- Cyanotype

- Drypoint


- Hybrid Print


- Lithograph

- Monoprint

- Monotype

- Stencil Monoprint

- Solar Print

- Trace Print (Lift Print)



In printmaking, an edition is a number of prints struck from one plate, usually at the same time. This may be a limited edition, with a fixed number of impressions produced on the understanding that no further impressions (copies) will be produced later, or an open edition limited only by the number that can be sold or produced.  

( Note:  Should an additional edition be produced, the artist numbers those editions in a manner that tells the buyers this is a second edition.) 







A Giclee (zhee-clay) is a Museum quality Fine-Art Reproduction, also called an Archival Print. Giclees’ are the result of highly advanced digital printing technology and unlike regular printed photocopied reproductions  A Fine-Art Giclee is the closest to an original painting you can get.  These art works are made with an ultra-high resolution fine-art printer, using seven cartridges of the very finest archival inks on acid-free paper.  The artwork is created by tiny jets spraying millions of droplets of archival pigmented inks onto a sheet of fine-art, acid free paper or on to cotton canvas.  This spray of ink contains more than 4 million droplets per second, providing better light fast, non water-soluble colour accuracy than other means of reproduction.  The process results in durable, vivid, pure colour and exceptional detail that is suitable for museum and gallery display. 

 The colour and artistic value, quality of materials and overall looks make a Fine-Art Giclee much more valuable and much more expensive to produce than any other kind of reproduction. They give art appreciators the opportunity to collect a valuable work of art for a very reasonable price. 

Many artists produce a limited number of Giclee prints per work of art and provide collectors with a certificate of authenticity.



A Certificate of Authenticity certifies that the print identified is an authentic limited edition, archival, original print produced, hand-numbered and signed by the artist or the original digital print was supervised and approved by the artist.  See example:

This is to certify that the print identified herein is an authentic limited edition original, archival giclee print produced by the artist, ____________.  This print has been hand numbered and signed by the artist.  The printing of this original digital print was supervised and/or performed and approved by the artist.  Any unauthorized reproduction or use is in violation of Canadian copyright law.

(An image of the print is added to the certificate.)