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Art FAQ's

What is the CJR Price?
What is a Giclee?
What is a Serigraph?
What is a Lithograph?
What is an offset Lithograph?
What is an aquatint?
What does S/N mean?
What is an Artist's Proof (AP)?
What is Hors de Commerce (HC)?
What is a Printer's Proof (PP)?
How can you sell your product so inexpensively?
Do you do custom framing?
Why don't you show the edition numbers on the images?
Is is true that the lower the number the better?
Do you have gift certificates?

 

Art FAQ's

What is the CJR Price?

That is our discounted price that you pay. You do not have to be a member to take advantage of that price.

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What is a Giclee?

From the French word meaning "spray of ink", a Giclee is a print created by using state of the art computer technology to reproduce images. By printing the image on media much like that used for the original – usually either canvas or high-quality paper – a piece of artwork stunningly similar to the original is created.

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What is a Serigraph?

A Serigraph (sometimes called Silkscreen) is created using a printmaking process in which paint is pushed through a fine screen – usually made of silk or nylon -- onto either canvas or fine art paper. A different screen is used for each color represented in the print.

A variation on this process is a Seri-cel. Used predominately in animation art, a Seri-cel is created by pushing paint through a screen onto a film surface-likely made of acetate or mylar. This process allows artists to strongly express themselves with the use of vibrant colors and definitions.

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What is a Lithograph?

Based on the principle that oil and water repel, a Lithograph is created when an artist produces an oil-based or pen image on a stone or piece of metal. This surface is then moistened and covered with an oil-based ink. The resulting chemical reaction between the oil and water drives away the ink on the surface – except where the drawing was first done. Fine quality paper is then placed against the surface and a lithographic press is used to create the print. Modern technology and processes have provided artists with many unique methods with which to create magnificent lithographs.


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What is an Offset Lithograph?

The offset lithography process works by first transferring an image photographically to thin metal, paper, or plastic printing plates. Unlike other forms of printing, the image on the printing plate is not recessed or raised. Rollers apply oil-based ink and water to the plates. Since oil and water don't mix, the oil-based ink won't adhere to the non-image areas. Only the inked image portion is then transferred to a rubber blanket (cylinder) that then transfers the image onto the paper as it passes between it and another cylinder beneath the paper. The term offset refers to the fact that the image isn't printed directly to the paper from the plates, but is offset or transferred to another surface that then makes contact with the paper.

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What is an aquatint?

An aquatint is a variety of etching widely used by printmakers to achieve a broad range of tonal values. The process is called aquatint because finished prints often resemble watercolor drawings or wash drawings. The technique consists of exposing a copperplate to acid through a layer of granulated resin or sugar. The acid bites away the plate only in the interstices between the resin or sugar grains, leaving an evenly pitted surface that yields broad areas of tone when the grains are removed and the plate is printed. An infinite number of tones can be achieved by exposing various parts of the plate to acid baths of different strengths for different periods of time. Etched or engraved lines are often used with aquatint to achieve greater definition of form.

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What does S/N mean?

S/N means "Sign and Numbered". This indicates that the work is a hand sign by the artist in a numbered limited edition. All of the work on our website are hand signed limited edition pieces or original works.

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What is an Artist's Proof (AP)?

When a limited edition is created there will generally be approximately 10% additional run off as Artist's Proofs. These are sometimes numbered and sometimes they are not. They are exactly the same in quality and marked "AP". These prints are set aside for the artist and publisher. There is a perception that an AP is of more value because it is a smaller edition. Realistically they are exactly the same. We do not charge more for APs if they are available.

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What is Hors de Commerce (HC)?

Hors de Commerce - These prints in addition to the regular edition but are the same as the edition and are used as gifts or payments to those involved in the production of the edition. They are marked "HC" and are usually numbered but not always.

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What is a Printer's Proof (PP)?

Printers Proofs are impressions exactly the like the edition and is the property of the printers responsible for pulling the edition. They are marked "PP".

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How can you sell your product so inexpensively?

Many times people are skeptical because they don't know who we are and our prices are very low. Unlike brick and mortar galleries, we have very little overhead. We sell the exact art that fancy multimillion dollar galleries sell. The only difference is that if you want to see our inventory, you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

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Do you do custom framing?

Yes, as with our art, we do offer substantial discounts on framing.  We have an in house staff of professional frame designers. You can have as much or as little input as you like. We will custom quote each piece for you. We don't have a sophisticated online system for figuring that out. Please contact us for frame quotes at mail@cjrfinearts.com or feel free to call us at 561-333-9472.

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Why don't you show the edition numbers on the images?

In most cases we have multiple images and don't want to cause confusion as to what edition number you will receive. All our pieces are hand signed and numbered unless otherwise noted.

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Is it true that the lower number the better?

NO! That is a myth and an untruth that galleries use to charge more for these pieces! It used to be true many years ago, when they made lithographs the plate would eventually wear out. So the quality of the plate was better in the beginning. Nowadays it makes no difference; all of the images are the same. In fact they are usually numbered out of order anyway by an employee of the publisher.

The only real exceptions may be the #1 and that is only because of supply and demand. The real proof is when you try to sell it or sell it back to the gallery. You will see that edition number will get you no extra money.

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Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes we do offer gift certificates. Please click here for details.
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