F.A.Q.'s
The following are commonly asked questions about limited edition prints, purchasing, shipping information, etc.
Why buy limited editions?
What is the difference between s/n and A.P.?
What is a Giclee on Canvas
What is a Serigraph?
Why are some prints so *#!@ expensive?
What kind of glass should I use?
What is conservation framing?
What should I consider when buying art?
Q. - What is the difference between s/n and A.P.s?
A. - s/n indicates the number of the prints in the edition.  s/n means signed and numbered.
A.P. indicates ARTIST PROOF.  Artist Proofs are a separate number of prints run in the edition typically 10% or lower of the number in the regular edition number, and usually have a 20% price premium on them.  They are usually more sought after by collectors and sell out faster.
Q. - What is a Giclee on Canvas
A. - Giclee (pronounced GHEE-CLAY) comes from the French for 'fine-spray'.  Using a giclee printer onto rag paper or canvas, it is a high-resolution digital print.  It is considered the world's best technique for producing original works of art. Giclee prints look and feel like original works of art.  The color is richer and more saturated along with having more reproducible colors and higher resolution than other types of printmaking. Giclee prints are very color stable providing more than 25 years of protection from color fade and shift with average indoor light conditions. It is believed this time span can increase up to 200 years with museum lighting.  An original watercolor painting cannot boast this with out some fading.  With proper care your Giclee will continue to increase in value.
Q. - What is a Serigraph?
Q. - Why are some prints so  *#!@ expensive?
A. - Simply put, a limited edition print is just that.  There are only a select number of prints produced in an edition.  This can range anywhere from 10 to tens of thousands, typically ranging around 1000 s/n.  When all the prints in an edition are sold from the publishing company to galleries and dealers, the print becomes SOLD OUT AT THE PUBLISHER.  It then becomes a case of supply and demand therefore increasing values are typically set on a secondary market.  Some prints reach and fetch very high prices for a number of reasons such as edition size and artist names.
Also the image may have sold out very quickly, or it may be very valued and highly sought after. 
Q. - What kind of glass should I use?
A. - There are a number of different types of glass available. 
STANDARD GLASS - normally 2 or 3 mil (thickness) UV protection of around 46%.  Usually for less expensive framing or areas with no back light issues such as windows
NON GLARE - a glass with anti reflective qualities along with a UV protection of about 95%
MUSEUM GLASS - archival glass
DENGLAS - A very expensive high-end glass.  The ultimate in clarity, when used, the glass is virtually invisible.  When choosing glass, a few things should be taken into consideration such as lighting in the room and value of the print.
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Q. - How do you ship?
A. - Poster prints are shipped in a hard tube.  Limited editions are shipped in protective envelopes/sleeves between multiple layers of cardboard and/or a box and sealed.  Our default shipper is usually Canada Post or the U.S.P.S.  Alternately, a carrier such as FedEx, UPS or Purolator Courier can be used at your request depending on geography and urgency.
Q. - How do I know it will arrive safely?
A. - Every measure is taken to ensure the safe undamaged arrival of your purchase. 
We have never had a problem with prints damaged in transit.  Insurance is typically purchased at the time of shipping by the shipper for a very nominal fee and included in the price of shipping.
Q. - How do I pay?
A. - ARTWEST accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB cards.  Payments can be made through telephone, email or a password protected page on this site.  We will also accept cheque and money orders/drafts.  Remember, the consumer is protected by credit card companies against fraudulent use of your plastic.  We have never had a challenge with this.
Q. - Can I do C.O.D.?
A. - Unless pre-arranged, all shipments are pre-paid through the above mentioned methods.  In some rare cases when a price or shipping cannot be determined, alternate payment procedures will be used.
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Q. - What about taxes?
A. - ARTWEST is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Unless noted, all prices on the site are in Canadian dollars. Unless noted 5% G.S.T. would be added to the prices.
The province of Alberta has no provincial sales tax therefore we do not charge it. For our U.S.A. customers no federal or state tax is collected.  The equivalent in $US would be the current price based on current exchange rates.  A UNIVERSAL CURRENCY CONVERTER can be found on the bottom of the 'site map' page.
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Q. - What is conservation framing?
A. - Just as it sounds, CONSERVATION FRAMING uses materials for framing that protect and   preserve artwork.  Spending hundreds on a limited edition print, original lithograph, serigraph etc. can be wasted if the art or photography is not framed properly.  Conservation framing materials include:  Alkaline or pH buffered acid-free or rag matte board, acid-free foam core (backing) and UV protective glass to help reduce harmful ultra-violet light from deteriorating the artwork. Without proper materials in framing, over time they can fade colors, stain, yellow and burn the paper usually irreparable thus affecting its appearance and value.  Acid from cardboard used in older frames as backing is highly acidic and will 'bleed' into the artwork.
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Q. - Why buy limited editions?
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-The prints are color corrected at the time of printing to match the original painting.
-Only the most sophisticated technology is used to produce the film required for production.
-Only the highest quality inks and papers are used in the production.
-The film and plates are destroyed after prints have been produced.
-Limited edition prints must meet the approval of the artist, the publisher and the printer before
  being released on the market.
-Prints that sell out at a publishing company and become only available on a secondary
  market, in most cases, increase in value and hold value - rarely declining.
-People buy limited edition prints.  The market has weathered a storm of criticism and remains
  a strong market. 
-People like good art.  Limited edition prints simply allow people who couldn't necessarily afford an
  original to enjoy an artist work at a valued price.
-Of course what remains paramount, is to buy what appeals to you.  Images that take you
  somewhere or mean something to you.  Images you like to look at.
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The fastest way to bring beauty and style to a room is to put up prints of beautiful paintings. Here's what you should consider:

Painting Prints Price Range:

Expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $50-$500 for an unframed print--anything less than $50 is likely a poster. You should expect to pay a similar amount to have the print framed--note that many prints are designed to be exhibited without frames.

Before art prints were sold online, the only way to get them was through galleries or museum shops, which had to charge a large markup. Nowadays, art prints rarely cost more than a few hundred dollars, and it is possible to find good-quality prints for under $100. Still, those lower prices generally come on prints that have been put on sale. Expect to pay more for perennial favorites like Van Gogh's “Starry Night”.

Selection

There is at least one print of every painting or photograph on display in a museum anywhere. Thanks to the internet, you can find the right art print among the tens of thousands in existence and have it sent to you, regardless of where the original is located. Since websites will let you browse thumbnail images of the artwork, it's easy to find a particular piece even if all you know about it is the name of the artist or even just the time period in which it was created.

Painting Print Media

Prints are available in a variety of print stocks.

Prints vs. Original Paintings

If all you're interested in is a picture to decorate your wall, rather than in collecting, prints are a better value than original paintings. Here's why:

* Expense. Creating an original work of art generally takes weeks. If you had to employ someone for several weeks or several months, how much do you think it would cost at even a modest salary? That's why original artwork generally costs at least thousands of dollars. In order to have a real chance of your work of art having investment value, you need to buy the work of an artist who is moving up in the art market.

* Questionable investment value. Original artwork only has investment value if the price goes up eventually. Very often, the price does not. In short, if you're interested in investing, buy stocks--it's a safer bet. Only buy art because *you* value it.

* Knowledge. You need to be very knowledgeable about what you are doing. Make no mistake: there's plenty of fraud in this business. There is also plenty of wishful thinking on the part of art dealers when it comes to a work's long-term market prospects.

Ready to make your home more beautiful with prints of great paintings? You're already in the right place: the internet has numerous websites offering an unbelievable array of art prints. Start looking now.


About the Author: Joel Walsh has written a buying guide for art prints at: http://www.a1-paintings.com?%20paintings [Publish this article on your website! Requirement: live link for above URL/web address w/ link text/anchor text: "paintings" OR leave this bracketed message intact.]