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Vintage Art Prints

People have collected prints since almost the first century. While it is essential to choose the type of vintage prints that you love, understanding the different types is a great place to begin. After you start your collection, it is important to learn how to display them properly.

What are some different types of vintage prints?

There are many types of vintage prints, including:

  • Woodcuts – To complete this project, artists used knives, chisels, or special tools to remove pieces of wood. Then, an ink was applied to the raised parts before it was pressed onto paper or textiles. A different woodcut was used for each color in the illustration.
  • Linocuts – The first linocut projects were likely made in the early 1900s by using different materials to scratch the top of a piece of linoleum. Additionally, artists often cut pieces away to make a design. An ink was applied to the linocut, and it was pressed onto a surface, making the illustration.
  • Engraving – A bruin was used to make lines in hardwood that went against the grain. The piece was then inked and used for printing art. As an attempt to copy the first wood engravers, metal engraving art was discovered by mistake. These projects were the first time that freehand line illustrations were reproduced as art.
  • Drypoint – Needles were used to make design marks on copper, with the sheets then being printed to make illustrations. Soon, other methods of etching were developed, thereby expanding the art.
  • Electrotyping – Electrolytic action in a lead, plastic, or wax mold was used to make design marks on copper or nickel that was used to make illustrations.
  • Screen printing – A design screen was prepared before ink was forced onto paper or other material through the screen to make art drawings.

What are some common vintage print styles?

There are many popular vintage print styles, including:

  • Vintage abstract - Prints that use shapes, forms, colors, and textures to represent external reality.
  • Vintage modern - Prints emphasizing individual experimentation and sensibility.
  • Vintage impressionist - Prints showing recreations of general impressions of a scene.
  • Vintage pop - Prints based on popular culture of the time period.
  • Vintage cubism - Collage prints and simple geometric shapes prints.
  • Vintage surrealism - Prints featuring illogical scenes printed with photographic accuracy.

How can you display art prints?

Once you decide on your favorite vintage prints for a room, you will want to display them properly. Use an acid-free art matte around your print to help preserve it. If you need to hold the print to the matte, then use rice paper or wheat paste. No matter the style of print, display it in an art frame designed to protect it from UV light.

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