Giclee’ is a generic term for ink jet fine art reproductions. Gicleé prints are the cutting edge technology in digital reproduction. The term originated from the trademark Iris Gicleé™ print. Gicleé is a French term meaning "to spray forcefully". The cornerstone of the Gicleé process is the enhanced Iris digital ink-jet printer that has been specifically modified for fine art precision. The quality of the finished product is in turn influenced by the skill of the printer to render accurate color. The printer uses a continuous tone technology in which infinitely small pixels of color are capable of rendering an amazingly smooth and consistent image. Watercolor paper or canvas is mounted on a drum and as the drum rotates at a high speed, individual droplets of color spray on the surface at the rate of 4-5 million droplets per second. Each droplet of ink measures no more than 15 microns in diameter.
The finest archival inks and substrates available are used with the result being a museum quality print. Fine color is achieved by using high-quality Equipoise™ or Pinnacle Gold™ ink set. Some of my giclee´ prints are done on the 8-color Roland Hi-fi Jet Printer using pigmented inks rather than dyes. My fine art prints are done on 100% Rag Somerset Velvet™ 330 gm Cold Press watercolor paper or cotton canvas.
As with any original art, your print should not be exposed to direct sunlight, excessive heat, or moisture.
My fine art printing is by Skylark Images (www.skylarkimages.com)
Limited Edition Print
A finite number of prints may be printed of each size. The print is hand-signed by the artist. The artist uses a “fraction” to indicate the number of individual print and the total number of prints of that image in that particular size. 5/100 means that this is the 5th print out of a total number of 100 prints.
Conservation quality refers to the creation of an acid-free environment to minimize exposure to aging and subsequent deterioration. Conservation framing protects the artwork from reacting to acid, which can potentially damage the original. Lignin in paper products and wood will emit gas that causes yellowing and deterioration; conservation materials significantly reduce the natural aging process. Using conservation materials is your maximum protection against environmental damage.
A gallery wrap refers to a print on canvas where the image has been cloned (copied and reversed) in all directions in order to wrap around the side of 2-inch deep wood bars. The effect is a three-dimensional image to be hung on the wall. The print is secured to the back side and the staples become hidden when hung on the back of the print. The gallery wrap print creates a stunning design, which enhances the artist’s image with no distractions of any frame.
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