Hello all! I came across an artist (Mary Maguire) whose paintings include some miniature-style subjects, like the mughal-ish prince below. This artist sells "hand colored" prints, which intrigues but also confuses me. Here is the exact wording on the description of her hand-colored prints, including the one pictured below:
"Giclée print with hand coloring of an original watercolor by Mary Maguire in a large, fantastic and unusual woodworked frame. Piece measures 26 1/8 x 32 1/8."
Does this mean that she runs prints of original artwork in black-and-white, and then hand paints over those prints? The end result doesn't really look like that to me. Just thought I'd ask you all, but also willing to reach out to the artist herself. I'm intrigued because the price point is quite a bit higher (painting below is set at $875) than expected for a print, and I'm not sure if the extra value comes from "hand coloring" or from the antique frame.
Just let me know if you happen to understand what is meant by 'hand coloring', and also if you have any theories about whether or not hand coloring would substantially add to the value of a framed print.
Thank you for reading!
I'm just sorry I can't offer more help as... I have yet to do a print myself! Does seem like an excellent idea and miniature paintings would make ideal prints in general, and a few people do do this successfully so a great option. I'm going to turn my Dome painting into prints... one of these days...!
Maybe someone else here has experience with prints?
Thank you, Vaishali, for humoring yet another money-centric question! This is a useful round-up of prints tidbits for me to keep in mind, I appreciate it!
Alas I am still as yet unfamiliar with the world of prints! Hopefully my friends that make prints will share knowledge as I still haven't done it myself.
What I do know and have seen:
people print in colour (not in b&w) and hand colour over the top of that, almost like a 'glaze' or just painting over a certain element to highlight or to make more vibrant
people also gild with real gold over a colour print (this does increase its value)
then they sign it on the back
then they pack it beautifully and securely and present it well! (this part scares me, the work involved, unless you use a drop-ship company as you mentioned)
the number of prints matters; rarity/scarcity = more £ $ per print the fewer there are
the frame does matter; unframed is always cheaper and if is a special frame, more £ $ accordingly
Yes good idea to ask the artist herself, quite intrigued now!