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What is the difference between a fine art print and a special art print?

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First let's start off with a general description of what a limited edition print is. A limited edition print is a reproduction of an original work in a predetermined number of editions. The original work can be a painting, (digital) photography or digitally created art such as mixed media. Every limited edition is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. All prints in our shop are exclusively available from Mr. Wallski. With Mr. Wallski we offer two types of limited prints: fine art prints and special art prints.

What is a fine art print?
When you buy a fine art print at Mr. Wallski you are assured of the use of the highest quality materials available. The materials we use meet the highest quality standards set by museums and art collectors. 

All limited fine art prints have a signature of the original artist and contain an indication of the edition number and an embossing. In addition, the fine art print comes with a unique certificate of authenticity. This certificate contains an image of the artwork, the specifications and the relevant edition number. The certificate is signed by the artist and the master printer and has the Certified Art Giclée ™ mark. 

Edition number and embossing on a fine art print
Edition number and embossing on a fine art print

Different types of paper
Our fine art prints are printed on the best paper quality available. At Mr. Wallski we use four different types of paper: German Etching, White Etching, Photorag and Baryta. German Etching paper is a traditional machine-made etching paper. It has an enormously soft surface with a light structure which is loved by traditional graphic designers. White Etching paper has a slightly textured print surface which gives extra character to the print. Photorag paper has an extremely smooth texture and is provided with a high-quality matt coating. Baryta is a semi-gloss, high quality photo paper. It has an ultra smooth coating which provides the print with an incomparable sharpness.

Verschillende papiersoorten die we bij Mr. Wallski gebruiken
The four different types of paper we use at Mr. Wallski
My Baby Blue door Frank E Hollywood op Hahnemühle Photorag
My Baby Blue by Frank E Hollywood on Hahnemühle Photorag


High quality handmade frames
Our handmade frames are the cherry on top of your favorite art print! All frames are handmade by our professional frame maker and come with a ready-made hanging system. The depth of a standard frame is 22 mm (- 0,9 inch)

All frames are also available in a luxury version which comes with thicker glass and an additional insert to elevate the artwork, adding an extra dimension to it’s display. The depth of a luxury frame is 35 mm (~ 1.4 inch).

Een selectie van het aanbod in lijsten. V.b.n.b. blanke lijst, klassieke lijst, modern bruine lijst, donkerbruine lijst
A small selection of our handmade frames. From top to bottom: blank frame, classic frame, modern brown frame and a dark brown frame

What is a special art print?

Some works are available in a special art print. But what is the difference between a fine art print and a special art print? Special art prints are published and produced in a very limited edition. They are produced with superior print techniques on exclusive material and have a high quality finish. The size of the work is often larger than the original and it is delivered to you with a ready-to-hang system.

Different types of special art prints
There are four different types of special art prints: HD Finish (on forex), certified liquid gloss and Canvas. 

1. HD Finish
This special art print is made with a special technique called HD Finish. The base consists of an aluminum panel on which a water-resistant ink is applied. The ink is then incorporated into the top layer by advanced heating technology. The result is a superior end product in terms of contrast, color intensity, color depth, durability and lifespan of the print.

This special art print comes ready-to-hang with a beautiful, subtle frame, available in three different colors and two sizes!

The Dude Raw 7 door Stefan Filarski - HD Finish
The Dude Raw 7 by Stefan Filarski - HD Finish

2. HD Finish op forex
The base consists of an aluminum panel on which a water-resistant ink is applied. The ink is then incorporated into the top layer by advanced heating technology. The result is a superior end product in terms of contrast, color intensity, color depth, durability and lifespan of the print.

The HD Finish panel is glued on a sheet of black 8 mm Forex which instantly provides more body and a luxurious look and feel. It comes with a ready-to-hang suspension system included. 

Red Chair by Celina Dorrestein - HD Finish on forex
Red Chair by Celina Dorrestein - HD Finish on forex

3. Certified liquid gloss
The look and feel of certified liquid gloss is definitely unique. It creates a great colour depth and gives the piece a very artistic appearance compared to other plexiglass products.

The certified liquid gloss consists of a high-quality fine art print glued on a sheet of Dibond, which is cast in a special epoxy synthetic resin. The sloping edges create an optical effect and for that reason it is extremely popular among top photographers and artists. It comes with a ready-to-hang suspension system included.

After the Rain by Karl Hammer - Certified liquid gloss
After the Rain by Karl Hammer - Certified liquid gloss

4. Canvas
Our special art prints on canvas is made using archival pigment ink on 400 grams Artist Museum Canvas treated with a special UV Topcoating. The original work is digitized with the advanced Cruse Fine Art Scanner, guaranteeing superior colors, textures & fabric expression in unprecedented sharpness. 

The techniques and materials used for this print belong to the absolute top, meeting all the highest standards set by museums and art collectors. Stretching the print over a high quality, specially designed wooden frame is optional.

Amsterdam Panorama by Noël Hariri on canvas
Amsterdam Panorama by Noël Hariri on canvas

Visit our shop to discover all our fine art prints and special art prints. 




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