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Giclee Prints 101



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hi I'm Karen Talbott and I'm speaking to

you today from my studio here in Laguna

Beach California I wanted to make this

short video today to talk about the term

chic like I've been selling my work as

limited edition giclee reproductions for

a few years now and I've come to realize

that many collectors don't have the good

a good understanding of what the term

should claim means having also spend a

lot of time around other artists I've

come to understand that not all artists

are clear on what that term means as

well so I wanted to make this short

video to hopefully help you the art

collector make informed choices and

maybe to help you decide why a current

avid art giclee might be the right

choice for you

so first the terms you play jig leg

comes from the French which is

translated translated as to squirt or to

spray and it's generally understood it's

to squirt or spray ink on paper just

like an inkjet printer

so technically ji clays are a type of

inkjet print and they're the best type

of inkjet provides quality but while LG

clays can be classified as inkjet prints

not all inkjet prints can be classified

as a place

juh clays are really distinguished by

three important factors it is printed on

a large format professional grade

printer it is printed with pigments as

opposed to dyes and it's also printed on

an archival substrate here in my studio

I have an Epson ink jet printer and it's

a pretty good printer it has six

different inks in it and as you can see

here's a photograph that I printed with

it um it's pretty good quality it's

rated to a very high resolution however

this is not a printer that that I have

ever used or whatever use to produce new

plays there are four primary features

that distinguish as you click print from

other lower quality inkjet prints the

four features are color resolution

substrate on which it's printed in my

case heavy water color paper and finally

longevity so let's talk first about

color the primary advantage when it

comes to color is that G clay prints

like this limited edition G clay are

printed using eight different colors um

and in in this case they are eight

different pigments that are sprayed onto

the paper with with very tiny nozzles as

I said before we have our Epson here in

the studio which is a good quality

printer but only has six different

colors so depth of color is one major

of course our next consideration is

resolution resolution is typically

measured in dots per square inch for

something on the computer screen usually

you want to have 72 dots per inch for

something that's printed usually what

you want to have at least 300 dots per

inch um and even a you know our trusty

little Epson that we have here in the

studio prints over 5,000 dots per inch

wrench resolution as I said very good

resolution however even our little Epson

cannot do what as you clay printer does

and the reason is because of the quality

of the nozzles that are used to apply

these things these nozzles are about the

diameter of one millionth of a strand of

hair so the resolution is is very fine

and that's one other advantage one of

the most readily apparent advantages of

a giclee reproduction is the substrate

on which it's printed large format

professional-grade giclee printers are

designed to print on a variety of media

in my case my GPA reproductions are

reprinted on a heavy rag watercolor

paper very much like the paper that I

use for my original pieces and as you

can see both papers are are heavy and of

a high quality in many cases it is hard

to tell the difference between a giclee

reproduction and an original piece I

have one other print here this is also

printed on archival paper

but unlike because you collect rent you

can see the paper is not of that same

quality and strength and it wouldn't

probably be likely for you to look at

this and think that this print was an

original piece so the final and perhaps

most important consideration when when

thinking about is you clay print is

longevity and for the serious art

collector this may be the thing that you

most want to think about as I said my

limited edition G clays are printed on

archival paper just like my open Edition

smaller prints the difference is that

these are printed with pigment inks and

these are micro encapsulated pigment

inks that in accelerated aging tests you

know with proper care have been shown to

not degrade in over 100 years so this is

a museum-quality piece and I feel very

comfortable saying that this is going to

be a lifetime piece and if you're not

able to purchase an original as you

claim may be your best bet because it

will retain its value over time and may

even increase in value so in summation

um because of the wider range of colors

because of superior resolution because

of the substrate on which it can be

printed and finally and perhaps most

importantly because of longevity I

highly recommend she clay prints if

you're not able to purchase a an

original these reproduction will make

wonderful lifetime pieces and a good

investment for serious art collectors so

once again my name is Karen Talbott I'm

coming to you from my studio and looking

a beach I hope you found this video

helpful and if you have any questions or

comments please feel free to post them

thanks so much

you