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