Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is a print?

What is a print?

An image or text reproduced using a template or master form. Prints are normally created by moving ink through a screen or from a prepared matrix to another material or a sheet of paper. Common matrices used include copper/zinc metal plates or etching/engraving polymer plates; aluminum, stone, or polymer; wood engravings or woodcut blocks; and linoleum to be used for linocuts. A print can also be used to mean an impression.

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Calligraphy

A visual art closely related to writing. It is the production of decorative lettering or handwriting using a brush or a pen. Contemporary calligraphy refers to giving of forms to signs in an harmonious, expressive and a skillful manner. It ranges from functional designs and inscriptions to pieces of fine arts where letters may be readable or not.

Silkscreen

Silkscreen is a method for making prints using a screen made of silk or some other mesh fabric. The screen is prepared with a substance which only allows the ink forced through it to print in selected areas. Each color used needs a separate screen.

Porcelain

Porcelain is a hard material made of clay which is primarily composed of the mineral kaolinite. It is used to make art objects and a wide range of everyday household wares such as dishes and bowls. Porcelain items are popular for painting with special glazes.

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