MPC enables artists to create original prints. Our printers process the plates and print them by hand. And the artist signs and numbers each print in each edition.
The intaglio printmaking techniques work by incising into the surface of a plate (metal, copper etc.) with tools or with acid. The print is produced by filling the recessed marks and lines with ink in order to transfer the image to damp paper. In the final piece, the image will print in reverse from the design on the plate and the ink will stand proud of the surface of the paper. Among intaglio techniques are engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint, and mezzotint.
is the transfer of a photographic image to a light-sensitive etching plate. Once the photo-etching process is complete, the plate can be worked further as a normal intaglio plate, using drypoint, further etching, engraving, etc. The final result is an intaglio plate which is printed like any other.
is derived from the Greek, “litho” meaning “stone” and “graphs” referring to writing. It is made from an image which has been applied to a flat surface. It is a method of printing based on the principle that oil and water do not mix. Printing is done from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a grained surface; using oil based inks. The artist works on a separate stone or plate for each colour. Traditionally this flat surface was a specially prepared limestone, but today grained aluminium printing plates and the original stones are used.
is a relief printing technique in printmaking. An artist carves an image into the surface of a block of wood—typically with gouges—leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts. Areas that the artist cuts away carry no ink, while characters or images at surface level carry the ink to produce the print.
The word Giclée (“g-clay”), is derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt or spray”, Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve Giclée prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability. The Giclee printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction
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