Thursday, April 22, 2010

How to Get Started in Printmaking: How to Title Your Prints in 5 Easy Steps

Welcome to my blog on printmaking.

Titling your prints can be an interesting and challenging part of completing a artwork. Many artists find it so challenging that they opt for Untitled. To me a work is not complete until you give it purpose with a title.

Some artists find titles by pulling text from the news papers or magazines which is totally unrelated to the subject matter yet in context when on display. Make sure the title resonates with the print.

I like to title my prints by name of location to where the work was created and I look for a esoteric reference to best describe my intentions when creating the artwork.

Step 1. Keep you title short and simple
Step 2. Choose a title that gives purpose to the print
Step 3. Check the spelling and be consistent with the title when signing the edition
Step 4. Indicate if the print is part of a series or a second state edition
Step 5. If there is more than one work with the same title write in roman numerals directly after the title.

Jo Lankester

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.
Henry David Thoreau
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