What is an “original digital fine art print”?
An original digital fine art print is original artwork that was created digitally and printed by a high-resolution inkjet printer using long-lasting pigment-based inks and an archival quality substrate.
Is an original digital fine art print the same thing as a “giclee”?
As respects the printing process, yes. The term giclée began as a description of the way a fine art inkjet printer sprays ink onto a surface. Giclée has become, however, the label for inkjet-produced reproductions of art created in another medium, such as an oil painting. If a print is labelled giclée, ask if it is a reproduction or an original digital fine art print.
Are original digital fine art prints in museums?
Yes. Even with their relatively short history, digital prints have gained acceptance in the art world. They are part of the permanent collections of many of the world’s finest museums, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
What’s the difference between an open edition and a limited edition?
An edition refers to the number of art prints created from one image.
Open editions refer to a print that may be produced an indefinite number of times.
Limited editions refer to a finite number of prints that are made from one image. Limited editions are numbered by the artist with two numbers separated by a slash. The first number indicates the sequence in which the print was made. The second number indicates the total number of prints in the edition. A print numbered “10/50” is the tenth print made in an edition of fifty. Once the fifty prints in the edition have been produced, the edition is retired and will not be printed again.
Limited editions also include a number of artist’s proofs that are retained by the artist for her own use or that are sometimes sold by the artist after the limited edition has been exhausted. Artist’s proofs are designated “AP” and numbered in the same manner as limited edition prints.
How is my print made?
Limited edition prints are custom-made by the artist in her studio. The in-studio printmaking process takes from five to seven working days. We use long-lasting UltraChrome pigment inks and acid-free, 100% cotton rag fine art paper. After printing, the print is dried for 24 hours and trimmed to finished size. Limited edition prints are titled, numbered, and signed by the artist.
Open edition prints are produced to your specifications by Imagekind using long-lasting UltraChrome pigment inks. They are finished with a protective coating, dried completely, and then carefully packed and shipped to you. Open editions incorporate a facsimile of the artist’s signature.
Does a digital fine art print require special handling?
You should handle fine art prints with great care, just as you would any other type of artwork. Although your print has been treated with a coating to help protect it against light, water, moisture, airborne contaminants, and fingerprints, it is still susceptible to damage. Learn more about caring for fine art prints.
The best way to preserve and display your print is to have it professionally matted and framed with museum-quality materials. If you're framing the print yourself, use only “acid-free” mats, backing board, hinges or adhesive, and framing. Always use a mat; digital fine art prints should not touch the glass in a frame.
Learn more about framing fine art prints.
How long will my print last?
Limited edition prints produced in our studio have a print permanence estimated by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. of 82 years when archivally framed and displayed under glass, 160 years when archivally framed and displayed under UV-filtering glass, and 68 years unframed. The coating applied to the finished print may double the lightfast ratings if framed with archival materials and UV-filtering glazing. These estimates are not a guarantee, only a rating based on extensive testing by industry experts.
Open edition prints produced by Imagekind have different lifespans depending on the type of paper you choose. Learn more about Imagekind's fine paper/canvas and print longevity
Ultimately, the lifespan of your digital fine art print depends on many factors: inks, paper, protective coating, matting, framing, and the environment in which your print is displayed.
Will my print fit in a standard-size mat and frame?
Some of our llimited edition fine art prints will fit standard-sized mats and frames. Click on the "Info" tab on gallery pages to get specific sizing information.
Our open edition fine art prints produced by Imagekind can be professional matted and framed to your specificaitons.
Do I get some kind of documentation about my print?
Yes. Limited edition fine art prints include a Bill of Sale from Diana Wolverton Studio that completely describes your print, including the title, date, information about the edition number and size, materials used, etc.
We know that it’s worrysome to purchase art without first seeing it in person, so we’d be happy to send you a sample swatch of any of our limited edition prints.
Each swatch measures 2" × 3.5" and contains color samples taken from several areas of the original artwork and created with the same archival quality inks and substrates that will be used in your limited edition fine art print.
To receive a sample swatch, and tell us the title of the limited edition you’d like a sample of, your name, and the postal mailing address where we can send the sample.
Can I get a sample of THE PAPERS AND CANVASES OFFERED FOR YOUR OPEN EDITION PRINTS?
Yes. Imagekind sells a “Media Kit” (shipped to you free) with generous samples of all the papers and canvases it offers. Imagekind will refund the price of the Media Kit if your first order is placed within a certain time frame. Learn about Imagekind's Media Kit
I have more questions. How can I contact you?
The best (and fastest) way to get questions answered is to contact contact the studio by e-mail or with our contact form. Be sure you also read our information about ordering and shipping.