THE PROCESS AND IMAGES. [Visit the site Blog below for detailed information].
This is the method I use to create prints from my originals or enhanced images from
my computer files.
Either way I make very limited editions of artworks, whereby I look carefully
at each one often when on the computer and then may make a subtle nuance /change as in colour [not size when I do an edition, that's another separate process]. I will print from 10 to 100 prints, each then signed, titled, numbered and no more made. A certificate of authenticity comes with it.
My Artworkprints on this website top link shows many done in this method.
The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".
The Term : The term "giclée print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclée printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction.
The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard.
These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints.The paper may be on a long roll, thus the length can be quite wide as you desire, although the width may be still wide for most artists needs as 40 inches is still a good width for large image reproduction.
One can make prints on all types of paper, especially somewhere between a mat finish to a slight textured paper, that gives a watercolour paper quality to. I find that 'Fabriano' 90 to 140 lb.paper is not to thin or thick and that is often the paper I use when I create watercolours. It's all up to ones' taste. Too rough and heavy of a paper may be fine for certain art styles as abstract, but not so for detailed realistic artwork or photograph reproducing from an original. Also [as shown below] giclee prints can be done on canvas as done in painting to resemble that medium and it can be made any size as well.
Artists, as I do not want to produce a large edition size which also brings up the price, since no more are created after that edition size is determined, and with much like hand prints as serigraphs, one makes a certificate of authenticity. One also signs each, with title and it is important print the number of each over the edition size on the left or preferably in the middle bottom white border below the image.
The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives, film inherently do.
Prints are checked over. This above shows an average amount. The price may be a bit higher to print each one, but the quantity chosen and done all at one time can reduce it. Also an artist as I who doesn't want a lots of prints, then per print it is less expensive. One can do a few ata time [nothing wrong with that] as long as you have figured what total you will make for the edition an no more once you decide. You can do it like laser printed books, order when you have had pre-orders from buyers and galleries. Keep in mind to sign, number the edition as 12/out of 50 edition size,keep track of it, and title it if you like. Put the edition number in the centre where easily seen.
This is one of my prints. I have made these in 2 sizes. Mostly 16" x 20" but have done a separate run edition of 9" x 12" also. Keep a nice 2 inch at least white paper border all around.
A group show I was a part of. Here are two giclee prints I had framed for
the exhibition. Each was sign, numbered out of 20 edition size.
Had a good response by the public coming to this Toronto show,