When you’re searching for the perfect piece of framed art to grace your home or workspace, you can choose a lithograph or a poster print. A lithograph is far superior to a basic poster print, which is why Shoreline Framing offers a line of exquisite-quality lithographs on its sister website, maritime-prints.com. By knowing the difference, you can make the best choice for a wall hanging that will please your aesthetic sensibilities for many years to come.

How Lithographs Are Made
Lithography is a printing process that allows original artwork to be painstakingly reproduced. It is actually the original chemical process for making prints.

The prefix “litho” refers to stone, specifically limestone in this case. Traditionally, to make a lithograph, an artist draws an image on a smooth limestone surface. Generally, the artist uses a type of waxy or greasy crayon to create a mirror image of the artwork. The artist may create a separate stone for each color that will go into the finished work.

The next step is to add a chemical solution to the drawings on the limestone. This causes the crayon drawing to stand out. Ink is applied with a roller and then the image is applied to paper with a lithographic press.

An Art Piece of Superb Value
When the print quality of a lithograph is outstanding—and particularly if few pieces were created in a series—the piece will be higher in value. Posters that are printed through other means, such as digital printing or offset printing on a huge press, are usually mass produced. Not only is the quality of the image lower, the item is more widely available, thus it is less valuable as a piece of art.

Limited-Edition Lithographic Prints Are Well Worth Owning
Limited-edition lithographic prints are well worth adding to your art collection or décor. They are numbered by the artists and may be signed and dated as well, making each lithograph a unique, exclusive, and valuable collector’s item. Once they have completed a series of limited-edition prints, artists generally destroy the lithographic plates, so once each item in the series has been sold, it will never be available again.

Shoreline Framing is proud to offer a smorgasbord of fine collector’s-edition lithographs at its maritime-prints.com website. For example, you will find Raymond Massey’s Challenge, a majestic lithograph of the eponymous ship’s maiden voyage, captured as she leaves New York Harbor on July 11, 1851. Another example is Loretta Krupinski’s Monhegan Island, depicting the massive rock cliffs, spruce woodlands, and meadows of Monhegan’s protective harbor. Still another fine piece in Shoreline Framing’s Maritime Print shop is Thomas Hoyne’s First for Home, a stirring piece showing the Ellen C. Burke, a haddock schooner built in Essex, Massachusetts in 1902, heading for market after a good catch on the underwater islands that stretch from Nantucket east past Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Visit Shoreline Framing in Person or Online to View our Lithographs for Yourself
Allow Shoreline Framing the honor of helping you select one of our fine limited-edition lithographs for your home or office space. Our expert consultants will be glad to show you our exquisite array of maritime lithographs in person at our store. Or if you prefer, you may shop online from the comfort or your home at our sister website maritime-prints.com, to select the perfect piece of maritime art to grace your walls.