Last Updated on September 16, 2022
In this article, you’ll learn how to frame a limited edition print, and why you should never count Artist’s proofs when numbering your print. You’ll also learn about mats and mount options, as well as color matching. Here are some tips to help you decide what looks best:
Artist’s proofs are not counted in the numbering of a limited edition print
An artist’s proof (also called an epreuve d’artiste) is a copy of a print made by an artist. Ten percent of an edition is set aside as artist’s proofs. These are also known by the French abbreviation AP or E.A. Generally, the artist keeps the artist’s proof, but can lend it out to another artist for exhibition purposes.
Limited edition prints with edition sizes greater than 200 are often considered multiples and reproductions. Since artists are far removed from the production process, this distance lowers the value of a series. To preserve the quality of an edition, most limited editions include a small number of artist’s proofs, often designated as “AP.” Printer’s proofs are rarer.
Trial proofs are unique color combinations or other variations of the original print. These are often called Color Trial Proofs. The Trial Proofs do not count in the numbering of the edition. A Trial Proof is a print produced in advance of a print’s publication. These proofs are not counted in the numbering of a limited edition print.
The artist’s proofs are marked A/P and sometimes have a different paper or ink color from the rest of the edition. They are generally produced in small quantities and are produced as proofs to show potential galleries and photographers. They may become slightly darker or have varying designs. Artist’s proofs are also sometimes marked with the word “Hors commerce,” which means “not for sale”.
Often, artists cannot resist the temptation to expand their limited editions. The most common way to do this is to sell 10 to fifteen artist proof prints, or AP copies, beyond the original edition size. Most artists keep one or two Artist Proofs for all editions, but many don’t. These artists are allowed to do this and are responsible for keeping these prints.
A print’s numbering also refers to the total number of prints. An edition number is represented as a fraction and the artist’s signature is usually inscribed in the bottom margin of the print. A smaller fraction of the edition number identifies the print within that edition, while a larger number shows that it represents the total number of prints produced.
Float mounts are a popular method of framing a limited edition print
Float mounts are an elegant way to display limited edition prints, but it is not appropriate for every artwork. Some pieces are too unique to be matted, while others are just too small for mat board. For such artwork, framers may choose to float mount them instead. The opening of the mat board must be larger than the artwork, leaving a float space around it. The space around the artwork typically ranges from a quarter-inch to several inches.
Float mounts are an affordable option. You can select a high-quality custom frame and add UV-filtering glass. They will protect your print from UV damage and reduce the risk of fading. They are also available in several sizes. Once you choose the right size frame, you can choose a mounting method that best fits your limited edition print. You may also choose to include a museum-quality UV-filtering glass to protect your art.
Float mounts are not necessary for every type of artwork. Some prints are not framed in this manner. If you decide to frame a print without a mount, you should use a spacer in between the glass in the frame and the artwork. Float mounts, on the other hand, separate the artwork from the glass in the frame.
Another popular method of framing a limited-edition print is to use a stepped mount. This technique features two or more layered boards, often with different colours. These boards are separated by a white core and may be called stepped mounts. The stepped edges provide extra visual interest. They create a border around the aperture of the top mount.
Wet mounting is another common method of framing a limited edition. Wet mounting involves the application of glue or adhesive to a limited edition print. While it works well for a variety of types of artwork, this method has numerous disadvantages. Because it is impossible to know when the adhesive will dry, it can damage the artwork. Consequently, it can result in bubbles, wrinkles, and even tearing of the artwork. Moreover, it may also make the print susceptible to foxing.
Mat and mount options
When choosing a mat and mount for a limited edition print, you’ll want to consider the size of the frame. Larger mats can make a smaller print look bigger on your wall. If your print is smaller, you’ll probably want a smaller mat, as well. This type of mounting is known as gallery framing. Mats can also be purchased in any color or design, and come in any shape.
The quality of the mounting materials can make or break your print’s saleability and longevity. Some mats are acid-free, while others aren’t. Acidic mats will stain the image underneath. Some brands of mat board have been specially designed to protect your prints from fading and other environmental pollutants. Mat board manufacturers like Bainbridge use zeolite molecular traps to help the boards absorb the pollutants. Bainbridge has a patent on this technology, but it’s only valid for a few more years.
In some cases, it may be difficult to find a mat with an 8×10 window, so choose a slightly larger size. In some cases, a mat can be sized to match the insert. Some artists even use a bottom weighting mat with a larger bottom side. The width of the mat window depends on whether or not the print is deckle-edged. These are examples of the types of mats available for a limited edition print.
Another option is to use mounting tape to mount the print. Using mounting tape can be difficult to remove later, which makes re-matting difficult. Also, if you are considering dry-mounting a print, you may want to consider using archival paper. Although these options aren’t ideal for reproductions, they are effective and affordable. However, the downside is that the paper mat will be acidic, which is not good for the print’s quality.
Color matching in picture framing
Whether you’re framing a framed print of a limited edition painting or a plain, clear print, you want it to complement your decor and art. In general, a dark, neutral frame will go best with most works. But you can also choose a flamboyant frame to amplify the image’s value and create a larger story around it. Color matching is a design trick that’s common in most creative fields, and involves taking a sample color from the original artwork and reusing it in the frame. The result is a subtle and effective consistency between the frame and image.
A limited edition print is expensive, and framing it should be treated as an investment. To preserve its value, you should choose conservation-grade materials for the frame, including acid-free mounts and barrier board. While it’s safe to choose frames that blend in with the existing decor, you can create dramatic effects by matching the colours of the print with the colours of its frame. For this, you can match the colours of the print with the colours of its frame and mount, thereby highlighting the artwork’s beauty.
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