What is a Giclée anyway? Isn’t it just a print?

People are often confused about the two and don’t realize that there is a difference.

Giclées can be either on canvas or paper. I am not up on what’s possible about printing on metal. Currently, my art giclées are only available on canvas.

Canvas prints are basic inkjet printers that use dye inks, which are not fade resistant and have a longevity of about 10 years. These are the prints that you will find at Costco or Wal-Mart, for instance.

Giclée, or pigment printers, use pigments instead of dyes which are archival and have a longevity of 200+ years.  The company that produces my giglées uses these pigmented inks as well as archival canvas or paper in the work that he does.  Both the ink and canvas are acid-free which also improves longevity, and then they are coated with a UV-protective layer to prevent fading.

Each of my giclées is hand-signed by her and only offered on a limited basis; the maximum number of copies that will ever be made in that size is listed on the giclée itself.  In addition, each giclée comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. The canvas is mounted on 2″ thick stretcher bars and wired for hanging. If you choose, when you receive your giclée, you can take it to a framing shop and they can frame it for you.

I will arrange to have any painting or giclée professionally packaged and shipped for you and work with you to determine the best time to ship your purchase to time it’s arrival. I’ll provide a tracking number upon shipment. FedEx is my shipper of choice, and the package will be insured for the full amount as well as requiring a signature upon receipt.

If you have any questions, please let me know!  


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