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Here at The Lifestyle Guide, we've begun our exciting journey into the world of art collecting. The walls of our office have taken on their own "personality" and as we look around our thoughts and senses are truly engaged. Some of our pieces are thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing, even motivating and others just give us a cheeky chuckle. Any way you look at it art seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. These days you don't need to spend a small fortune to own your own piece or start a collection. There is a wide variety of options and different price points to suit everyone's budget and lifestyle.


Original pieces of art can be very expensive but there is a more cost-effective solution... "prints". An art print is a printed reproduction of an original work of art. Art prints can be printed using a number of different printing methods and on a variety of different print materials. These factors, including the quantity that is made available for printing, contribute to the final price of the art print.


When deciding on what prints to buy, or invest in, it can become a bit confusing as there are a few different types of print teniques. Lucky for us we have our resident art enthusiast & blogger: young_art_collector - who has put together a great educational piece on this topic so we can all gain some valuable knowledge about "art prints" and we hope you take away a few key points when making your next purchase.

Education: So you’re keen to collect prints, but which ones?


Hey all, for my second blog post, I thought it would be appropriate to inform everyone about the different type of prints and editions available on the market. When you first start collecting prints, it can be a bit of a minefield out there. There are lots of different types of ‘printing techniques’, lots of different types of paper, different sized editions and importantly just lots and lots of jargon to throw everyone off. In light of all this, I thought I would break down some of the different types of print editions here and also make some suggestions as to some recent new releases which present great examples of each different type.

Screenprint:



When you talk about prints, you simply can’t not start with the screen print. Made famous by Andy Warhol and his army of workers at the ‘Factory’, the ‘screen print’ is in many ways the most common type of print found on the market. The process involves creating a stencil, which can be made from a whole host of different things, including paper or plastic. This stencil is then placed against a wire mesh to create the ‘screen’. Ink is then pushed through the stencil and the image is replicated on the paper below.

A recent example of a new ‘screen print’ are the editions released by David Shrigley and Nicolas Walner https://editions.nicolaiwallner.com/products/to-hell-with-zoos



Etchings:



Perhaps one of the first types of printmaking, an etching involves an artist carving their image onto a metal plate covered in wax. The plate is then dipped into acid and cleaned. Once cleaned, the artist applies ink into the crevices left by the original scratching. When the plate is then pressed onto paper, an ‘impression’ of the image is left as the ink transfers from the plate to the paper.


A recent example of a new etching is the gorgeous Rashid Johnson released with Hauser and Wirth of his iconic ‘anxious man’. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/rm-prints-johnson



Digital Print: