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What is a giclée print?

Giclée – pronounced “G-clay” with a soft G as in Giselle – is French for “to squirt or spray”. It describes a fine art digital printing process that combines stable, light fast, pigment based inks with high quality archival paper to achieve reproduction prints also known as Archival Pigment Prints.

This printing process involves spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high quality art paper or canvas. The image is done in a way that ensures the closest possible match to the original by fine tuning the digital information to the type of paper or surface on which the image is to be printed, further ensuring as close a match to the original as is possible. The original – a unique handmade print -is scanned and reproduced. In my case that would be either a monotype or a collagraph.

The paper used has a high PH value of 6 or higher which means it is free from optical brighteners (these cause the paper to yellow with time) and is tested and certified to have a archival value of in excess of 75 years in combination with the inks used.

My print editions are a maximum of 100. My supplier, a photographer, prints them in small batches. He pays great deal of attention to the detail, taking enormous care with colour and quality control. They are not mass produced in a factory. In addition, I check every print as I sign and number them to ensure each print is a perfect match to the original.

My giclée prints.

From my larger landscape or square format originals I created a standard size range of giclée prints. They are 15 x 15cm. Where I have used my landscape format prints, I’ve taken a detail.

Where the landscape format original prints are concerned full landscape format option is available as a giclée print (see the individual product for size – it is usually smaller than the original by approximately one third).

If you wish to purchase a same size square or landscape format giclée print of the original email me via the CONTACT page.