What is a Giclee Print?
A Giclée print is a true-to-the original, high quality art reproduction of a painting or other one dimensional artwork. It can also be high quality prints of digital photography. Giclée is a French word, meaning “spurt” and refers to the Inkjet printing process where ink is spurting from the print head nozzle onto the substrate.
When using the process for art reproductions, the process starts with a high-resolution capture of the original artwork. Depending on the media used in the original, the digital capture requires complex, electronic image editing procedures to achieve an exact colour match and the tonality true-to-the original.
The printing processed is done on Inkjet printing equipment, outfitted with the primary printing colours and many other supporting, secondary colours. This allows for an expanded (wider) colour gamut (spectrum) that cannot be achieved with standard printing equipment. It is required to match the characteristics of oil, acrylic or watercolour paints as best as achievable.
To ensure the highest possible longevity (amount of years displayed before any fading can be noticed) or to avoid yellowing of the printing substrate, the ink and the media must be chosen carefully. While the ink manufactures publish longevities for 100 years or longer, nobody really knows for sure what the actual time will be. The materials used for the Creatures of the Sun Giclées are of the highest quality available in the marketplace.
Canvas, Paper and Stretcher Bar Specifications
Fine Art Paper
This 300gsm (grams per square meter), 100% cotton rag paper is acid and lignin-free and of archival quality. It is bright white and its appearance and offers an expanded colour gamut with maximum contrast.
Fine Art Canvas
This 415gsm (grams per square meter), cotton/poly blend canvas is lightly textured for a true canvas look. After printing, the ink is sealed with a water resistant clear coat to enhance the colour gamut and archival quality.
The stretcher bars are hand made from BC pine and available 1.5” deep (from wall to printed surface) for back stapled Gallery wrapped Giclée prints.
The 1.5” deep stretcher bars are hand wrapped and covered with black artist tape around the perimeter of the prints to hide the staples on the sides of the bars and to make it display ready.
Custom Wood Framing
All frames are made from local driftwood and Red Cedar salvaged from beaches and mills. Each frame is built around the canvas and secured to the stretcher bards with hardware ready for hanging.
Canvases come with wires and are ready for hanging
The Proper Care and Handling of Canvas and Paper Giclée Prints
Displaying and Storing
As with any original artwork, avoid displaying your Giclée print in areas exposed to direct sunlight. Display or store your Fine Art Giclée in a location with normal humidity levels and a minimum amount of ultra violet light.
Handling and Cleaning
I recommend handling Giclée prints the same way as you would with any original artwork. Avoid contact with other objects or any liquids. Clean your Giclée print with a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use water or any household cleaners!
Tightening Sagging Canvases
Due to changing temperatures and humidity your canvas may start to sag over time. If this has occurred simply apply a sponge with warm water to the back of the canvas until it is damp and blow dry with a hairdryer at a safe distance until dry. This with re-tighten the canvas on the stretcher bars. If your still having trouble or notice any warping of stretcher bars feel free to contact me and I will do my best to solve the issue.
I guarantee the materials while the prints are in transit and until received in good order by the customer. Thereafter, I do not assume any responsibility for damaged prints due to, but not limited to, framing, rough handling, cracking and fading, or for prints brought in contact with moisture.
About The Print-Makers
All prints are printed locally with love in the beautiful Comox Valley, B.C.
Rob Lundquist is a highly regarded giclee print-maker and award-winning artist proudly operating in Courtenay, British Columbia for over forty years.
Adil Amlani is a long-time friend and owner of the family run business Sure Copy in Courtenay, British Columbia.