What is a Giclee Print?

Giclée is the French word for a spray or squirt (of water or other liquid, in this case ink). A giclée “print” or reproduction may be on paper or canvas. The printing process involves making a very high-resolution digital image of a painting and then using a very high-resolution ink jet printer with archival inks to squirt thousands of tiny droplets of ink onto an archival medium such as artist’s canvas or fine art paper to reproduce the original painting. The technology is fairly new –- developed in the late 1980s -– but has become the accepted best method for fine art reproductions. The giclée reproductions on canvas are often so well done that it can be difficult for the untrained eye to determine what is a reproduction and what is the original. This is appealing to many people, because it appears from a distance that you have an original painting on your wall. The giclée reproductions offered by Carla Padgett are authentic reproductions of her original work and published by the artist’s studio. They are printed on an Epson printer with pigmented inks. These inks will not fade for many years, unlike inks made from dyes. Epson indicates that their inks are colorfast for up to 80 years. Since the technology is new, we do not know for sure, but they may even last longer than that. The Epson printer can produce a museum-quality reproduction and is recognized as the standard for producing quality work. The giclée has become accepted in hundreds of fine art galleries and museums around the world. Each piece offered by Ms. Padgett is personally inspected by the artist.

How many of each piece are produced and how do I know what I’m getting?

Based on Carla Padgett’s personal choice, some pieces will be reproduced in open editions while others will be produced in limited editions for collectors. For the limited edition reproductions, only a certain number will be printed as giclée reproductions on canvas. The number will be determined in advance and noted on each reproduction. After that number set for a particular edition is reached, no more giclée reproductions on canvas will be made of that image. Each limited edition reproduction (“print”) will be personally signed and numbered by the artist and will come with a certificate of authenticity. To identify a limited edition print, look for a second signature along with the number of the particular piece over the total number for the edition (e.g. 1/100 would mean it was the first giclée reproduction on canvas made of that image and only 100 will ever be made).

How do I care for my Giclée Reproduction?

Please treat your giclée print as you would an original painting. Keep it out of direct sunlight and don’t let it get too hot or humid. An acrylic sealant is used to seal the color and mimic the brushstrokes of the original image. Because of this finish, please take care not to place canvas giclées face to face as they may stick together. Also, be sure not to place any paper product such as paper, foam core, cardboard or tissue on the surface of the image due to the adhesive effect of the embellishment. Bubble or shrink wrap or wax faced papers have proven the most effective barriers between the giclées on canvas.

© Carla S. Padgett, 2003-2009