century ago that reproduction quality guarantees every print
of the edition to be pretty much identical. However, it's
interesting to note how numbers have a psychological value
for us; many see number 1 as very special because it's the
first one and yet many others find number 300 is very
special because it's the last one.
We have now arrived at Etchings . Etching is the
oldest form of art reproduction still in use and it should not
be confused with the etching of lithography.
To create an etching you would begin with a copper
plate covered in a special protective coat. You then carve
the image of your original piece into the protective coating
and dip the plate in acid wearing away the exposed parts
you just carved. The acid allows the engraved image to
etch into the plate; which in turn allows you to ink the
cooper plate and press it against paper or even canvas to
produce an image. Etchings are usually not very detailed
images and most you'll see will be monochromatic or have
no more than four basic colors in them.
An artist's choice as to what method of reproduction
to use usually comes from the popularity and desirability of
the original image. For example, if a particular original sells
very quickly and a lot of people seem to be drawn to it, it
would be considered a good candidate for a Giclée or