Giclee (zhee-klay) – The French word “Giclee” 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”. In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting.
The term “Giclee 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 Giclee printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction. Archival quality ensures that the prints are light-fast and non water soluble.
Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Colour to 12-Colour ink-jet printers. . Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Colour ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.
Fine art printmaking has traditionally been based on the concept of creating a master plate – known as the matrix – from the original and using this to reproduce a predetermined number of ‘editions’ of the original artwork. Historically, the matrix was then destroyed by the artist, producing a set of truly limited edition prints. The more traditional printing techniques such as etching, lithography and linocut have evolved into art forms themselves and required a huge degree of expertise to reproduce the original to the artist’s precise demands.
NOWADAYS the production of a printing matrix is no longer necessary as the high quality scanning techniques employed by printing companies results in a perfect facsimile of the original painting or photograph. Giclee printing offers incredibly high degrees of fidelity and richness of colour when compared to other ‘traditional’ printing methods and because no screen or other mechanical device is used, there is no visible dot pattern.
HAHNEMULE PAPERS – MUSEUM QUALITY
Hahnemühle . is a paper manufacturing company in Germany since 1584 .It is the world’s leading producer of coated papers for inkjet printing.
HAHNEMULE PHOTO RAG 308 gsm
This 100% cotton and PH neutral it is made from 308 gsm, acid free papers have a very pleasant feel,natural white, and a very silky touch. It has opacity of 99%, a whiteness of 92% .Preserving works under specific conditions (darkness + 73 F +50% humidity)will allow you to easily go beyond 200 years(certified)
HAHNEMULE MUSEUM ETCHING 350 gsm
It is made from a heavy 350 gsm 100% cotton rag base and offers a thickness of 23.6 mil for a final paper that offers a traditional fine art feel. Also, it has any opacity of 99%, a whiteness of 87%, and does not use an optical brightening agents. Additionally, the matte paper is acid free, calcium carbonate buffered, instant drying, and has a very high water resistance.
Preserwings works under specific conditions(darkness +73 F +50 % humiditty) will allow you to easily go beyond 200 year (certified
Each certificate is made of premium deckle edged mould made paper with a Hahnemühle watermark and fluorescent security fibres. A serialized numbered hologram should be added. A second, identically numbered hologram should then be applied to the reverse side of the artwork.
The combination of certificate and hologram assures that each Certificate of Authenticity relates to one particular piece of art.