Printing Terminology Explained

Purchasing Original Paintings

Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing an original painting, so that we can discuss delivery options.

Printing Terminology:-

What is a Giclée Print?

A Giclée Print is an art image on paper or canvas that has been produced on a computer-driven ink-jet printer that sprays the ink onto the canvas or water colour paper such that the dots of colour overlap one-another, providing more coverage and greater intensity and purity of colour.

Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay" or "gee-clay", a french word meaning "sprayed" onto the paper from many tiny ink jets) describes the most advanced process for fine-art digital printmaking.   The newer giclée printers have the ability to resist fading about 10 times longer than earlier printers.

Using highly saturated, water-based archival inks with the potential for making 512 chromatic changes, newer giclée printers can print more than three million colours. 

Competition has not only forced the evolution of longer-lasting inks with broader and more saturated colour ranges but also brought forward the growing importance of the role of  craftsmanship.  To get the best reproduction possible, to minimise compromises, and to determine the compatibility of media and the permanence of inks, it is necessary to discuss the process and practices involved with the individual printer.

The ability to use the latest methods, materials, and tools makes the difference in the outcome and longevity of the print.  The collaboration between the artist and the printer - the skills and materials of the printer and the the goals of the artist - will ultimately determine the quality of the print. At Wendrich artHouse, you can be assured of our printers' skills and the quality of our materials.

Print specifications:-

What type of paper and inks are used?

Giclée Prints:
The paper is museum quality archival Photo Realistic Matt produced by Giclée. It is acid free. The inks used are Epson Ultrachrome. Giclée Prints produce images with vivid colour reproduction and high contrast. A true artist look is achieved thanks to the smooth hot press surface and low glare of this Fine Art Paper. Colours have a velvety finish.

Giclée prints are designed for longevity of colour, under normal circumstances (out of direct sunlight) not to fade for 50 - 75 years. Acid free mounting and framing is recommended.

Art Posters:
Our A2 Posters are printed on high quality 225gsm satin stock, and our A3 Posters are printed on high quality 200 gsm silk stock.

What size prints do you offer?

The dimensions of the different size prints are calculated by applying the following sizes to the longest edge of each original artwork:

Medium - A3 sized, up to 42cm in height (17 inches)

Large - A2 sized, up to 60cm in height (24 inches)

The width of each print is determined by the dimensions of the original painting based upon the size you request.

*Actual print stability and longevity will vary according to image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, atmospheric conditions, inks, and post-printing treatments. Epson does not guarantee stability or longevity. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or lamination or properly store them.

Do you offer a framing service?

Unfortunately we can not frame your Prints due to the increased risk associated with sending glass through the postal system. Also the majority of delivery companies refuse to insure glazed frames. We recommend that you purchase the frame after receiving the print to avoid any confusion with dimensions.

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