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what is a giclée print?

The French word giclée (pronounced jeek-lay) means to spray or squirt.

The giclée process uses incredibly accurate computer controlled jets to apply ink to watercolour paper, canvas or etching paper. These unique jets are able to vary the width of the ink stream to as small as 1/100th the width of a human hair!

How does it work?

The giclée process begins with the input stage. A scan of the original painting will create a digital file. The scanning process is critical and requires advanced technical equipment.

After the scan is complete, the resulting file needs to be colour balanced and adjusted to match the original artwork. Making the final print match calls for a great deal of patience and skill.

Watercolour paper, canvas or etching paper is then attached to a drum, which spins at approximately 60mph, while the printer head travels from left to right spraying coloured ink onto it. The ink used is Archival pigmented ink rather than dye-based, which combined with specially developed papers, such as Hähnemühle 100% cotton acid free watercolour paper, will produce a print with an estimated life span of 100 years.

The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern, only brilliant colour, and razor sharp detail.

A giclée print is simply the closest duplication of an original artwork that is humanly, mechanically or technically possible.

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