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About Giclee Prints

 

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I now have a Canon 8400 with 12 inks that I will be using for all of my giclees. 

I am holding one of my new releases, "Breathe" 

My giclees are offered as

  • Fine Art Acid Free cotton paper which requires a mat and a frame
  • Gallery Wrapped Canvas Giclee which requires no framing.  
    Some of the canvas giclees will heave a mirror reflection of 1 1/4" depth and some of the smaller canvas giclees will have a solid color 1" depth. All of my canvas giclees are coated for water resistance and UV protection and are scratch resistant. The stretcher strips that I use are Made In The USA in Wisconsin  by Best.

     

    Quality stretcher bars are not just another piece of wood. At BEST Artist Products, every stretcher bar is selected from the finest raw materials. The bars must be free of knots and completely straight. BEST heavy duty stretcher bars are designed so that the canvas is always a full ½" from the stretcher bar to insure that there will be no "ghost" impressions on the canvas. The rounded back edge reduces surface friction and allows for a smoother, tighter draw of the fabric for a snug, more even painting surface. BEST heavy duty stretcher bars are designed by artists and made from kiln-dried pine.

    BEST Heavy Duty Stretcher BarsThe BEST heavy duty stretcher bar is made of pine that has been finger spliced. Finger splicing is a method of bonding pieces of lumber together to form a very long, straight bar. Since the spliced joints are actually stronger than the natural wood, the method produces longer, stronger and straighter bars than ever before. First designed for the construction industry, this high tech method yields better bars for artists. Recommended for canvases over 48".

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    Because I use the best quality stretcher strips I can buy, canvas giclees will take approximately two weeks to deliver to you. I have to order per your size, get the strips in to me and then print and stretch your canvas. Standard sizes, 11 x 14 and 16 x 20 will take less time.
  • Fine Art Paper used for my smaller 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 matted prints which requires a frame.


My giclees begin when I do my own professional scan of the original painting with a very high end scanner. I then color correct and match as close as possible to the original.
All of my giclees are printed on demand. You do not get a stored print. The larger ones are signed and numbered limited editions.

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The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". The Term : The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Giclee prints are sometimes referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.

The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

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