Art Definitions

Q: What is a giclée?

A: Giclée is a term used to describe a high-quality fine art print produced with an inkjet printer. This process of producing fine art prints allows for increased color accuracy and use of archival media (i.e. acid-free paper, archival coated canvas) and inks to ensure the artwork can be enjoyed for many years!

Q: What's the importance of archival materials? What does acid-free mean?

A: Using archival materials for original paintings and fine art giclée prints is important to ensure that the artwork can be enjoyed for many years! For original paintings, using high quality art resin, primed cradled wood panels, and professional grade acrylic pigments prevents the painting from yellowing, cracking, or fading in color or vibrance. 

For all fine art giclée prints, working with a local print shop that specializes in fine art reproductions means that all prints are produced on archival media with archival inks that are rated to last 100+ years. Acid-free means that the media has been pH balanced to prevent deterioration and discoloration (yellowing). 

Q: What is the difference between an Open Edition print and Limited Edition print?

A: An Open Edition print is not hand signed or numbered. This means that the image can be printed in a variety of sizes and quantities.

A Limited Edition print is signed and numbered by Sarah. This means that there are a limited amount of prints that are produced in a specific size and medium. For example, if you have a print with the number 6/10 means that there are 10 total prints produced and you have at the 6th one. 

Q: What is an Artist Proof?

A: An Artist Proof is a print that is created by the artist to review the printmaking process and ensure a high quality print. Sarah creates each Artist Proof with extra hand painted embellishments that add depth and make each Artist Proof a unique piece of artwork!

Q: What is a Resin Print?

A: Resin Prints are Open Edition, professionally produced canvas giclée prints that are finished with a coat of resin that creates a glossy finish similar to original paintings. Resin Prints are Open Edition and therefore not hand signed or numbered.

Q: What is a Matted Print?

A: A Matted Print is a giclée on archival, acid-free paper that includes an archival bright white front mat and back mat to protect the print and make it ready to frame!  


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