Giclee (ghee-clay),spelled with an accent over the first "e", means "to spray" in French. A fine art giclee is created by using the most advanced form of digital printmaking. The art work is photographed using the highest possible resolution, often with a wide format camera. The image is captured digitally and sent to a sleek, high-tech computerized machine (with a huge, silently whirring drum encased in glass) which sprays the image in precise droplets. The artist works from a proof to help correct the color so that the image is virtually indistinquishable in color from the original. The artwork is printed on specially selected heavyweight archival watercolor paper or canvas. The canvas is sprayed with a protective UV and scratch resistant coating. If properly cared for, the print is said to be "archival," which means it could last for over 100 years or at least the rest of your life without fading or color shifts.
How to Care for your Fine Art Giclee
Basically, treat it as you would any original watercolor or oil painting. Handle it with clean hands and both hands at once to avoid damage from natural body oils and from crimping and creasing. Avoid hanging it in direct sunlight or near intense heat. To clean a giclee canvas, use a soft duster or a slightly dampened lint-free cloth. Choose a framer who uses only archival materials around your print. When your print arrives in its tube, remove it as soon as possible and lay it flat in a safe location before taking it to your framer.