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art terms

Archival Inks: Waterproof, acid-free, fade-resistant, heat-resistant inks noted for their purity and permanence.

Block Print: A relief-printing technique in which incisions made in a wood or linoleum block print white, and what is left in relief prints black.

Card Stock: Thick paper, usually between 65lbs. to 100lbs. “weight.”

Color Corrected: A reproduction that has been matched to the original piece in color, usually by the artist or photographer themselves.

Figurative Art: A representation, pictorial or sculptured, esp. of the human form. An individual bodily form or a person with reference to form or appearance.

Gallery Wrap (pictured): The image wraps all the way around the edges of the stretched canvas. Not surprisingly, gallery-wrapped canvases are rarely framed.

Giclée: Giclée, from French, commonly pronounced "zhee-clay," is the use of the ink-jet printing process for making fine art large format digital images. In the past few years, giclée, as a fine art reproduction technology, is mostly associated with Archival Pigmented inks and Ultra Chrome Inks (which are guaranteed to last up to 200 years).

Lambda Print: The highest quality digital reproduction.

Limited Edition: A limited number of signed and numbered reproductions whose value is enhanced by the fact there are only so many printed.

Lithograph: The original painting is photographed and the image is burned into four plates for a full color printing process. The ink comes from a roller on a printing press. High quality lithographs use a very fine dot screen on acid free paper with fade resistant inks.

Matte/Matting: A paper frame inside the larger outer frame.

Plein Air: En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air," and is particularly used to describe the act of painting in the outside environment rather than indoors (such as in a studio).

Semi-gloss Photo Paper: Paper with a slight shine, falling somewhere between a matte and full gloss.

Somerset Velvet Paper: Somerset Velvet is a delicately textured fine art paper engineered to give you the highest resolution and color saturation possible. Somerset Velvet is 100% cotton, acid-free paper with luxurious weight, texture, and finish.

Stretched Canvas: A canvas that has been mounted or “stretched” around a wooden frame and is ready for hanging or framing.

Substrate(s): The material on which the print or photograph is reproduced, usually paper or canvas.

Surrealistic: Having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic: Resembling a dream; "night invested the lake with a dreamlike quality"; "as irrational and surreal as a dream."

Unstretched Canvas: “Loose” canvas that can be rolled up and mailed in a tube. Needs to be stretched before it can be hung on the wall.

Watercolor Paper: A heavier, usually off-white paper with a slightly rough texture.

Substrate(s) - An underlying layer; a substratum.



Artist Micaiah Hardison and SurfAid are partnering to improve the health of the isolated folk connected to us through surfing. Micaiah is offering up the proceeds from the sale of this original artwork.

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