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Who is James Stroud

James Stroud is one of the great master printmakers working in America today.  He studied printmaking in Paris with legendary printmaker Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 and, later, with Gabor Peterdi at the Yale School of Art. In 1984…

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What is Manière Noire?

Manière noire is a print-making technique in which the plate is directly scratched with a wire brush or other device or by ruling closely-set parallel lines in several directions on the ground before etching.  Its purpose and effect is to…

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What is a Photogravure?

Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking process in which a copper plate coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue is exposed to light which is shined through a film negative (just as is done when printing a photograph.  The light degrades the…

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What is Float Framing?

Float framing is a method of framing in which the entire sheet of the work remains visible.  No mat covers the edges of the paper. Instead, the sheet is mounted to a matboard backboard, usually with paper or cloth hinges.…

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What is Gouache?

Everyone's heard of oil paints and acrylics—but what is "gouache"? Gouache (which is pronounced /gwash/) is a paint made by dissolving ground pigments in water and then thickened with a glue-like substance (usually gum arabic or yellow dextrin).  It is…

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What is OP3 Acrylic?

Washington Color Gallery frames almost all of the art that we sell. You can be confident that anything we frame will be protected by conservation-grade glass or acrylic. Acrylic was invented in about 1928 by Otto Röhm and is manufactured…

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What’s the big deal about framing?

We are serious about frames.  Frames serve two key functions. First, most obviously, a picture’s frame distinguishes the art from the not-art and draws the viewer’s attention to the art and shapes how the viewer sees the art. The more…

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What is a Collotype

A collotype is a type of print in which a glass or metal plate is covered with a light-sensitive substance.  The substance is exposed to an image on a negative, much like a photograph, which modifies the substance on the…

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What is Héliogravure?

Héliogravure is a form of intaglio printing.  Like etchings and engravings, the print starts with a plate, and, like etchings and engravings, héliogravure plates are typically copper.  Unlike etchings and engravings, the image on a héliogravure plate is not mechanically…

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What is Social Realism?

Social realism is the term used for work produced by artist who aim to draw attention to the real socio-political conditions of the working class as a means to critique the power structures behind these conditions.  In particular, it refers…

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What is a roulette?

A roulette is a steel tool with a revolving toothed wheel used for creating patterns, backgrounds, patterned lines, and the like.  Roulettes are used in making both etchings and engravings.  Other often-used etching and engraving tools include burins, burnishers, and…

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What is a burnisher?

A burnisher is a steel tool used for flattening burrs and polishing the plate surface, as well as for making corrections.  Burnishers are used in making both etchings and engravings.  Other often-used etching and engraving tools include burins, roulettes, and…

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