Giclée prints V ink jet prints
Giclée prints are a specialist form of printing on a specialist paper.
They use pigment based inks as opposed to the dye based inks used in ink jet printers. The pigment is mixed in water, rather like a watercolour paint is mixed with water, the liquid is thicker than ink based dyes. The ink sits on the paper more like real watercolour paint and the surface is slightly raised. This means that the finished print has more the look and feel of an original watercolour.
In addition to this the pigment ink is sprayed onto the paper – with each colour layering over another to achieve the correct colours. The Giclée printer uses 13 colours (12 and Black) which gives a better match to the original painting. (Most printers only use 3 colours plus black, some up to 7 colours)
The paper used in my prints is Epsom Sommerset Vevet Archival paper fine art paper. Archival paper is acid free and won’t discolour or yellow with age. The weight or thickness of the paper is 255 gsm, this is an excellent weight for a print – solid and not flimsy.
The print will keep its colour, being light resistant for 150 years.
A signed and limited edition of a print is worth more than unmarked and limitless copies.