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Now you can place orders for Prints On Demand directly and securely from the DenaCornett.com website through our ecommerce partnership with Fine Art America. Simply select your prints, then the sizes, frames, mats, etc from the shopping galleries below to complete your purchase. If you are interested in an original painting or one of the Limited Edition Giclèe Prints, signed & numbered by the artist, please contact Dena directly.

See Prints in Today's Market below for more information.

Prints in Today’s Art Market

Lithography stone and mirror image print

Traditional Fine Art Prints: Traditional fine art prints are created by an artist making a printable image on a slab of limestone, a metal plate, or block of linoleum or wood, from which the artist inks the stone/plate with an ink-charged roller, then runs it through a printing press multiple times to create multi-colored prints in the reverse image. The result is a “true” limited edition of the artist’s image, printed by the artist. The number of copies (edition size) is determined by the artist’s desire to keep printing, their desire to reuse the limestone slab for another work (a litho stone may be ground down to a blank slate and reuse indefinitely), but is ultimately dictated by the life of material. For example, intaglio prints, such as an etching, the image is created by the collection of the inks on the burrs created by the artist’s etching of a copper plate; these burrs get worn down by repeated passes through a press, degrading the image over time. A limited edition is ultimately ended by the artist destroying the plate, which, in the case of stone lithography, involves grinding the stone back to a blank “slate” so the artist can create something new, or the physical destruction of a metal plate.

Chop Mark
"Flying Roller" chop mark used to emboss artist prints at my alma mater, Wichita State University printmaking department.

Note: there are a few print shops, such as the UNM’s Tamarind Institute and the Bay Area’s Crown Point Press, that specialize in assisting artist in making “original prints” in a process that is equivalent to the one described, and should not be confused with giclée or other reproduction methods.

Fine art prints traditionally bear the chop mark of the print shop used to make the final prints, usually placed in the bottom margin of a print. The print is the original work of art in this case; it is not a reproduction of an image created in another media.

Giclée Prints: A giclée print, derived from the French word, gicler, which means “to squirt, spurt, or spray, and is an image printed with a specialized, high-quality, large-format printer using archival quality inks on archival paper, resulting in a print that should last for many years without degrading*, usually signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. The image is created from a high-resolution scan of an original work of art, such as a painting, from which a printer, such as www.theimageflow.com or blackcatstudio.com, makes a printed proof which is reviewed by the artist, making color and other changes to a digital TIF file, until the desired quality is met. A limited giclée edition means that the artist has decided to limit the number of prints made (in a particular image size or sizes), but there is no guarantee that the image is not used to create subsequent editions, as there is no stone or metal plate to destroy and no degradation of a digital print file. Some of my artwork is available as giclée prints, but must be ordered directly from me.

Other Art Reproductions: In the case of my print-on-demand “Standard Art Prints” offered here on my website through an ecommerce relationship with Fine Art America, I offer a lower cost print to a wider audience. These prints, which may be printed on archival paper, are printed from a jpg file, which is a lower-resolution image than the one used to create a giclée edition. These images are not signed and numbered, as there is no limit to the number of prints that can be made with this type of art reproduction.

Regardless of the type of print you may select, you will always be contributing to the livelihood of your local artists, receiving a creative image at a reasonable price.

Dena Cornett Fine Arts

*Note: Sunlight will fade any image over time and works on paper are always more susceptible than other media.
More info about fine art lithography can be found at The Tamarind Institute: http://tamarind.unm.edu/process.html


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