Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Giclee Prints

And others ...

Some of you may not have heard of "giclee" (pronounced gee-clay) prints before; I never had until this year. I have one hanging in my living room now, of Mesteno, that Michelle painted. The print looks so much like the original that unless you have the original next to it, you have no idea it's not an original.

The giclee prints we will have available of the artwork from the book will be printed on canvas and put on stretcher bars, just like the original oil painting. We will have them offered for sale either framed or unframed.

We are going to offer a limited number of giclee prints of the various pieces of work, on a pre-order basis. Once we reach the finite number of prints (to be determined shortly), no more giclee prints of that piece will be available. They will be numbered and re-signed by the author.

Explain "Giclee"

I searched on line and found some explanations of what exactly a giclee print is, why it is different, and why it is more sought after, and more expensive, than traditional prints on poster board, water color paper, etc.

The Term : 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 color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
Another, slightly less technical description:

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. Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. However, it is not the same as a standard desktop inkjet printer, and is much larger. Giclee prints are a little over a metre wide and are often affectionately referred to as a “knitting machine” as they look very similar.
The quality of a giclee is astounding. The colors, the texture and appearance are so similar to the original and well worth the extra investment!

Once you place an order for a print, either giclee or on poster board or other media, it will take approximately 2-3 weeks to get the print to you. The printer will ship it to Michelle, she will sign it and ship it off to you. If you want it framed, add another week or so to the delivery date. Michelle has a source of some wonderful barn wood frames that are very fitting and suitable for this art!

Prints will be available in a couple different sizes as well. The original size, which in most cases will be 18x24 (I think!), or smaller sizes, like 11x14 or 8x10. The cover art is a different size that the other, standard sized paintings; it's 30x30 in it's original format and will be available in 15x15. We will also be making some posters suitable for framing of the cover art, which will look identical to the book cover, with the title and author/artist names. Those will also be available in custom sizes, on quality paper.

The Christmas cards we will be taking orders on this week. We would like to get a large, pre-purchased order in advance to help cut down the costs. Each card comes with an envelope, will be full color, blank on the inside and will have information on the back describing the scene on the front. They are perfect for any horse lover to send out their Holiday Greetings on and they will be much cheaper than Hallmark cards!

Check back soon ... this will be updated again shortly with prices and information on how to order your prints and cards! A giclee print for that horse lover on your list would be the perfect gift!


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