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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Lithograph

Printing method based on the principle that water and oil cannot mix. It may be used for printing artwork or text onto a paper or any other suitable material for printing. Originally, an image drawn using wax, fat or oil onto a lithographic limestone surface or plate was used.

Acrylic paint

Fast drying paint that contains pigment suspension in polymer emulsion of acrylic. Acrylic paints are soluble in water but resistant when dry. They have unique characteristics not easily attained by other media. Paintings made from it have some degree of similarity with oil and watercolor paintings.

Resin

Resin can be made from both natural and synthetic processes. The natural version is from pine sap, and the man-made kind is a dense and easily molded form of plastic. Many sculptures are made from resin, and resin can make paint colors vivid.

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