Originals, limited editions and prints, oh my!

Are you a homeowner looking to add beautiful art pieces to your home? If so, it’s important that you understand the difference between original works of art and art prints. Original artwork provides more authenticity, creativity, and value than purchasing an off-the-shelf print; however, it can also be more expensive than buying an art print. Art collectors who want a unique piece should invest in originals whereas those looking for something eye-catching with less cost associated might consider prints. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between the two types of artwork to help you decide which is best for your needs.

Original Art Explained
Original art is one of a kind, and cannot be duplicated identically. Different from a print or poster, it is not a copy of an image; the artist actually put paint on the surface. One-of-a-kind artwork holds unique value since it was crafted by hand with specific colors and intricate brush strokes that no machine can perfectly replicate. Pieces such as these can spark conversation among collectors and add an element of elegance to any living space.

Kristin Dragos painting in progress.

What is a print?
An art print is a copy of a piece of artwork that a person or gallery holds the rights to. To create the art print, the artist photographs or scans the artwork and prints it on a surface such as paper, canvas, or even things like fabric, metal, or wood. Art prints are a great way for an artist to share a piece with a large audience without having to make multiple copies of an original piece. They can also be a cost-effective way for people to own a piece of art without having to invest in a unique and costly original painting. Art prints provide a great way for both artists and consumers alike to take advantage of their creativity!

Kristin Dragos holding a print of "Fairy Dust".

Limited Editions: The In Between
A limited edition art print is a type of artwork that is produced in limited quantities, which makes it rarer and more exclusive than regular prints. As a result, these limited edition pieces tend to be more highly sought-after and are often more valuable to collectors. Normally, limited edition art prints will come along with a certificate of authenticity, ensuring that each copy has been approved by the artist or the publisher. These pieces often feature intricate detail and striking colors that make the image particularly appealing for discerning buyers. Additionally, limited edition art prints are thought to have higher potential for appreciating in value over time due to their limited availability.

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Deciding whether to buy an original piece of art or a print can be tough, but understanding the difference between the two should help. originals are one-of-a-kind pieces that come directly from the artist, while prints are reproductions of those originals that may be mass produced. Limited editions are a type of print that is available in restricted numbers, making them more exclusive. Now that you know a little more about these types of artwork, which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!