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We ship all over the world.
Prints ship within 3 – 4 business days after you place your order (some items depending on availability).
Our return policy is very simple:
We accept returns of prints damaged during the shipping process in exchange for a replacement print only. Relevant cases must be reported within 24 hours of delivery. Once your email is received, we will provide you with further instructions on how to return the damaged print and receive a replacement. The buyer is responsible for return shipping. We will only offer a refund if no more prints are available in the edition.
Original Print source has its Workshop Clo Cill Rialaig in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry – Ireland.
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All orders are shipped from Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry – Ireland. If there is any delay in the shipment we will notify you immediately via email.
An edition that has a limited number of prints. After the number has been reached no more prints in that edition will be printed.
A limited number of prints, usually ten percent of the total that traditionally are used to fine tune the edition.
Artists Proofs are highlighted as such by the letters AP instead of a number, next to the artists signature. They are usually very similar but not necessarily so to the edition itself.
“Fine Art” printmaking is quite separate from the processes and scale of commercial printing of posters and other large volume print reproductions.
Fine art printmaking involves the hand creation of a master plate from which an artist makes multiple images. The work is done either wholly or in most part by the original artist and a limited number printed (known as a limited edition).
The artist prepares the printing plate by cutting, etching or drawing an image onto the plate. Ink is applied and paper is pressed onto the plate by hand or by way of a hand-run printing press. The finished print is pulled from the plate.
Your print is unique and handmade.
During the printmaking process many test prints or proofs are printed to show the artist how the work on the plate is progressing until the artist is satisfied.
An edition is a limited number of prints from the same plate. Often the first three or four prints are different than the rest of the edition. These prints are called “artist’s proofs”. Although none are ever exactly the same even if the differences are very subtle.
Once a certain number of prints are pulled, the plate is destroyed so that it can no longer be printed, thus ensuring the value of the edition.
At the bottom of a print two to three things should be indicated in pencil always written in pencil. On the left is a number that appears as a fraction (e.g. 3/10). This means that the print is number three of a total of ten prints pulled from one plate.
This number excludes the artist proofs, which are designated with an A/P. In the centre of the bottom of the print is the title (if any). At the bottom right, is the artist’s signature and date.
Only the best quality paper is used to get the best possible results.
Etching is a means of incising lines in a metal plate with acid for printing in the intaglio technique. The plate is first covered with an acid resistant ground (wax or bitumen), through which the artist scratches a design with a stylus or needle, revealing the bare metal below. This plate is then immersed in an acid batch that cuts the incised lines into the plate. Etched lines often betray the subtle motions of the artist’s fingertips.
The longer the plate is left in the acid the darker the image will appear when printed. After the image is finished being etched, ink is wiped onto the plate. The plate is buffed down to remove excess ink and damp paper is placed on the plate. This is then passed through a hand-pressed under extreme pressure. The paper is literally forced into the small lines that have been etched into the plate. The ink that was in the grooves becomes the images on the paper. Other techniques are used to produce variations in line and tone.
Original Print Source’ pricing reflects the current value of artists’ work in the contemporary art market. Each print is meant to be affordable when compared to the price of an original work by the artist. This price is subject to change. As the edition is sold over time and becomes scarce, the print is likely to increase in value. Our prices must reflect the market value of the artist’s work for sale in other outlets.
We carefully select artists to work with based on three factors: longevity in the arts, commitment to excellence and dedication to progression of practice and thought. Having been selected for a Residency Award their artistic excellence has already been judged.
Due to the nature of viewing prints online and the hand-made printing process, slight variations in colour are to be expected. We suggest you turn up the brightness on your monitor to full, in order to view a better representation of how the print will look in reality.
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All of our prints include a Certificate of Authentication issued by Clo Cill Rialaig with the artist’s name, title of print, size, medium, publishing date, and edition number information on it.
Along with the above we will include a note on proper care of your new print with some storage and framing considerations.
Original Print Source processes all online purchases via safe and secure PayPal. Our prints are available exclusively on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We package our prints in a suitable cardboard tube. This protects the prints from damages that may occur during transit.
On receipt of your print it is best to unroll it and store in a flat folio between sheets of tissue paper, until such time as it can be framed.