What is a "Giclee" print?

If you’ve heard the word  “giclee” (gee-clay), it comes from the French word to “spray.” Giclee print technology refers to a kind of printmaking. The  printing technology I’ve chosen uses the highest quality archival pigment inks as well as archival heavy weight art papers that you will really appreciate. These quality pigments (inks) can maintain the color of the giclee print for up to a hundred years (with proper care). The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction, and makes it difficult to tell the difference between a print and original hand done artwork.

Giclee Prints in the Store

If you are looking for a pre-made piece of calligraphy, please check out my store. You’ll find a number of  beautiful giclee prints. I’ve chosen some of the most popular quotes and poems to have this lower cost option. Since they are pre-made, they are great if you are on a budget. And I can also personalize them for you (for a small extra charge). Or, you can choose an entirely different background. Just contact me to inquire about how to do that. It’s easy, and fast!Calligraphy resolution with logo giclee print

Calligraphy is Hand-written & made into a Giclee Print

Your artwork will be done originally in hand-written calligraphy (not a computer generated “font”). In order for it to be produced on your choice of background– be it a watercolor or award winning photography– it will then be scanned, and printed. In the past, if you wanted to include a personal photo there was no way to incorporate calligraphy, unless you had a large mat cut for a photo and the calligraphy portion. I used to do calligraphy on mat boards around a photo as well. Doing a logo for a business was a big job because it had to be hand painted. But now with giclee printing I can use any corporate logo file and imprint on the same paper as the calligraphy. Boy, this save time and money!

calligraphy & design on mat board around a photo

Calligraphy/design on a mat board with cut-out for a photo

Now with giclee prints, I can do a giclee print of only one piece, or multiples which is so much easier and cost effective!

Handwriting Multiples of Calligraphy

Before the introduction of giclee printing, it was so expensive and time consuming to print a small multiple run of 2- 25 pieces. A sad story was when I was asked to write I ten copies of a memorial for a young surfer who had died in an accident in Hawaii. I had ten photos, and had to write the calligraphy ten times and then have 10 mats cut with two spaces for the photo and the calligraphy. To make matters even worse, the shipment got lost in the mail! I thought we were going to have to do them all over again!! Luckily, the huge package was found.

But now, thanks for giclee printing, this won’t happen again. I can write out your text, and either superimpose it on your photo, or do a different treatment so your photo and text are all on one archival paper. It looks almost like the original, and will probably even last longer and hold up better!

Technology Improves Printing

Because of advances in technology, your handwritten calligraphy can be a giclee print, or another type of printing which can go on metal, wood, acrylic, glass and even household items! For this type of printing, you won’t need a traditional frame, which also saves time and money. This can make holiday gift giving easy because multiples can be done and you can save the expense of me writing your poem or text lots of times!

There are so many options now for framing and showing your beautiful calligraphy poem or quote. Do check out Imagekind or CafePress to see the different options that are available .

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