Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Affordable Arts 101 Review

I recently received in the mail as part of a product review a print called The Saco River by George Inness. When the print arrived I was thrilled as I am always on the lookout for new art to put on my walls as they are currently so bare. I picked the Saco River as in my state there is an actually Saco River which has an interesting story to it and I have heard this story since I was child and it goes that every year at least one person drowns in the Saco River as an Indian put a curse on it and every year you hear about at least one drowning. Affordable Arts 101 sells a variety of prints and they are all lithographs. Make sure to check them out at http://www.affordableart101.com/  .  If you do not know what a lithograph is it is Lithography originally used an image drawn (etched) into a coating of wax or an oily substance applied to a plate of lithographic stone as the medium to transfer ink to a blank paper sheet, and so produce a printed page. In modern lithography, the image is made of a polymer coating applied to a flexible aluminum plate. To print an image lithographically, the flat surface of the stone plate is roughened slightly etched and divided into hydrophilic regions that accept a film of water, and thereby repel the greasy ink; and hydrophobic regions that repel water and accept ink because the surface tension is greater on the greasy image area, which remains dry. The image can be printed directly from the plate (the orientation of the image is reversed), or it can be offset, by transferring the image onto a flexible sheet (rubber) for printing and publication. Who knew? I surely did not. The things i did not like about it is the size i thought it would be larger.

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.

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