Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a giclee print?
A. A giclee print is an art reproduction made on an inkjet printer. The difference between a standard inkjet print and a giclee print is that giclees use pigment-based inks rather than dye-based inks that are found in lower-cost inkjets. With the advent of high-resolution scanners, archival paper and canvas, as well as pigment-based inks, artists are able to offer long-lasting reproductions to the consumer. When properly handled, these fine art prints can last for generations. Giclee prints should be handled as you would handle an original: canvas prints occasionally wiped with a soft cloth, and paper prints framed under glass. Pigment based inks should last over a 100 years. Today, collectors have access to artwork that brings the look and feel of original artwork, at an affordable price.
Q. What different kinds of giclee prints do you offer?
A. We offer 3 different types of giclee prints:
Print on paper - A giclee print on paper. All of the “prints on paper” on this site are printed on Pura Velvet fine art watercolor paper, an archival mould-made paper that is strong and acid-free.
Print on paper, matted - This giclee print is encased in a high-quality archival mat, placed between the acid-free mat and backing, and is ready to be framed with glass. This alternative is available for my 5” x 7” and 9” x 12” prints. The images are matted to a size of 8” x 10” and 12” x 16” respectively. Both sizes fit into a stock-sized frame and glass.
Print on canvas, gallery-wrap stretched - This popular alternative will save you time and money on framing. It is stretched and ready to hang. You may frame it, but it is not necessary. The term “gallery-wrap” refers to a process of stretching canvas which leaves no tacks or staples visible on the sides of the piece. The gallery-wrap canvases sold on this site are one-and-a-half inches deep. The image wraps around the sides.