Giclee (pronounced 'jee clay') is a French term that means, 'to spray.'
Giclees are often hand-printed and inspected by the artist one at the time
to ensure the highest quality. They are virtually indistinguishable from the original.
Digital images of the artwork are printed by a high end printer at a resolution many
times greater than the resolution used in a traditional lithography process on heavy
acid free watercolor paper (for example: Canson, 224 g/m2) as well as canvas.
The printer sprays the color inks in extremely fine droplets onto the paper or canvas.
The prints are very high in detail with richness and depth that sets the giclee apart
rom traditional printing methods. The colors are crisp, brilliant and superior
compared to traditional mass-produced art prints, and the use of a real watercolor
paper for example makes them virtually indistinguishable from an original watercolor.
Lastly the artist numbers, signs and sometimes dates the prints.
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A note about Giclees
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31 January 2008
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