An original print is not a reproduction from a painting or drawing. It was conceived as an original work of art in the form of a print. It is created by the artist on a surface on which he or she has worked, such as stone, copper plate, linoleum or wood block. A limited edition of impressions are taken from the inked-up surface and the number in the edition is usually written on the front of the work, above the total available.
Original prints are an affordable way of acquiring original works of art.