The advantage of prints over paintings and drawings is that they are produced in multiple editions. Rather than a painter spending three or four months in the production of a painting which s/he will need to sell for $10,000 (?) to recoup time spent and materials used, a printer can produce one image and reproduce it two to three hundred times and sell each copy for $50 and more successfully recoup costs. Whereas very few consumers are in the market for a $10,000 painting, thousands more are willing to pay $50 for an image to hang in their homes. Therefore, many critics state that printmaking is more democratic because the images are affordable by the masses.

You are familiar with the concept of a print. As you enter nightclubs or state fairs, often you get your hand stamped to allow for reentry. That is an example of printmaking. The rubber stamp has a raised surface which when covered with ink will transfer that mark or pattern onto a sheet of paper or any object, such as your hand. That is a relief print. Ink is placed on the raised points (the hills) of the stamp, and those hills constitute the design that is transferred onto the paper.