Limited Edition indicates a pre-determined quantity was determined before printing. No matter how popular the edition is, or how quickly they sell out, no other prints, with the exact specifications will be printed again.
AP or “Artist Proof” signifies the first prints off the printing press. They are considered to be the highest quality prints within the edition. AP’s are often seen as owning a rare portion of an edition. Most often they will cost more than the numbered edition and are not included in the count of a limited edition.
Open-edition prints signify that they aren’t limited to a particular number. They can be produced both signed and/or unsigned.
HPM stands for Hand Painted Multiple. These are one-of-a-kind, unique works of art that have been hand-touched by the artist; similar to owning an original piece of artwork. They’re usually created using a variety of mixed media resulting in no two prints alike. These artist editions are typically very limited in quantity and sell for significantly more than the limited edition.
Archive Collection prints are from previously sold-out editions. These prints are pulled from the archive and are considered some of the most sought-after prints available on the website. They come in the form of numbered editions and artist proofs and are indicated on the particular product page.
Silkscreen printing is a technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. One color is printed at a time; several screens can be used to produce a single image.
Giclée (pronounced “zhee-clay”) prints are those created in a large format, high-resolution ink-jet printer using colorfast, archival pigment based inks. This printing method uses computer technology to provide the most precise reproduction of an original painting and is known for replicating an artist’s original painting with similar color, contrast, and attention to detail. Giclées’ are produced one at a time, and depending on size, can take up to an hour to create a single print.
PCP promises that every print purchased is 100% authentic. We guarantee this by including a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) with every limited edition print purchased. The COA is numbered and embossed and specific to your individual print.
Due to the nature of screen-printing, each print is slightly different, with small variations in color, ink coverage, etc. Expect variations in the print. This is the beauty of printmaking and what makes it unique; no two prints will be alike.
We produce all of our editions exclusively for PCP. Which means that you won’t find our prints available anywhere other than our website.
Each print is carefully inspected twice before shipped. First, upon arrival to the shipping department from the printing press and again before we pack and send it to you. We check for flaws, bends, creases and handling marks.
We take great pride in our superior packing and shipping methods. Lots of time has been taken to consider possible hazards when shipping delicate works of art. We roll the print face forward in archival safe tissue paper before rolling in Kraft paper. Each print is sealed with a PCP sticker. The print is then placed in a heavy-duty Kraft tube with caps on both ends and placed in a USPS branded tri-fold box and taped securely.
Keeping your print rolled in a tube for any length of time can make it difficult to flatten upon framing; therefore we recommend you frame your artwork as soon as possible. If you’re taking it to a framer, let them unroll and flatten it for framing. If you’re framing it yourself, please use caution when unrolling the artwork.
While the prints are crafted using archival safe papers and inks, the prints are safest when not placed in direct sunlight. Over time, sunlight could cause fading. If your artwork is going in direct sunlight, we recommend purchasing archival safe glass.
For more on what makes PCP so unique, visit our WHY PCP? section.