WHAT IS GICLEE?
Giclee prints are the choice of art galleries
What is Giclee?
A giclee (pronounced jee-clay) is a type of very high quality print. Giclee comes from the French word "gicler" meaning "to squirt." Giclee prints use inkjet technology and are far more sophisticated than your normal desktop printer.
Lightfast inks that are acid free and lightfast are sprayed onto the paper or canvas. It is believed that this process achieves the closest match technically possible to the original piece of artwork. Giclees are known for their longevity.
Giclee prints are the choice of art galleries, museums and collectors.
Our Paper Prints
Our paper prints are printed onto our lovely torchon paper. This is our favourite type of paper and has a slight relief to it, similar to that used by watercolour artists. After printing, we finish our paper prints with a matt varnish which protects them and enhances the colour.
Our paper prints are currently produced in two sizes, 5 x 7 inches and 8 x 10 inches. We have specifically chosen these sizes because there is such a wide choice of frames to fit them.
Our Canvas Prints
Our canvas prints are ready to hang. You do not need to frame them. They are printed onto our gorgeous cotton canvas. The canvas is then stretched around wooden stretcher bars. The canvas is extended around the edge of the bars. This frameless way of presenting the picture gives it the look of floating on the wall.
Our wooden bars have a thickness of 2cm, which means that your canvas prints will protrude 2cm from the wall. These are our favourite type of stretcher bars as they achieve that lovely contemporary feel without making the picture look or feel too heavy.
Our canvas pictures are finished with a subtle varnish which enhances the colour and protects the print.
There are so many grades of "canvas" on the market, ranging from the very cheap flimsy "lookalike" canvas with a "plasticy" feel to the very expensive, thicker cotton canvas. You can see and feel the difference quite easily. We do not compromise on our canvas. We use the best cotton canvas and that's a promise.