Why choose a Giclee Print?

February 5, 2017

Is this just a fancy French word to make us all feel like we are getting something extra special, something 'trés bon'! (that's the limit to my French I'm afraid, well apart from being able to order numerous alcoholic beverages in France of course!)

Firstly I have to get this off my chest... because it has properly tickled me. Giclee is based on the French word 'gicleur' which means 'nozzle' (not that funny, right?) but the verb form of gicleur means 'to spurt' (tell me it's not just me that finds the word 'spurt' stupidly funny?!?) OK it's just me... grow up Kathy! Swiftly moving on...


I spend many, many hours creating Dotty Dog Artwork and I want my print quality to reflect that love too.


When I choose colours to paint next to each other, I want them to 'sing'. I want the same colour matching in my prints and as the Albanian Artist and Politician Edi Rama said "Compromise in colours is grey" - I don't want compromise or grey - I want singing prints!


"...Compromise in colours is grey - Edi Rama..."



Artist's choose Giclee Fine Art printing as it offers one of the highest degree of matching accuracy and richness of colour available in any of the reproduction techniques.


The visual quality of the print result is extremely high with seeming continuous tone prints without dots or lines.


Poster quality prints are made by offset printing at 300 dots per inch (dpi) with 4 ink colours where giclee prints are printed between 1,200 and 2,880 dpi using 8-12 different colour ink cartridges.


The giclee printing process involves squirting, spraying or spurting (mwhaha) microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high quality art paper.


Pigment based inks have a longer lifespan that can last anywhere from 100 to 200 years without significant fading (that's a lot of years!)


...Giclee print quality can last 100 - 200 years..."

The combination of high archival quality art paper and pigment based inks creates giclee prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability.


So, it's fair to say that giclee prints are pretty awesome but that doesn't mean they can be treated any differently from the original Dotty Dog watercolour artwork.

Giclee prints are not varnished so are still susceptible to water or smudge damage and just like the original they will fade when exposed to damaging UV rays in sunlight.


Anything that can last between 100 - 200 years without fading gets a big thumbs up from me and is definitely something to sing about!!


Thanks for popping by... wishing you a great dotty day, love Kathy x

If you would like to see my giclee prints and card selection please pop over to my Shop 


If you would like to see your special dog created in shapes and dots I am always very happy to have a chat... why not pop over to my Commissions Page to see exactly what packages I provide.


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About Kathy



I am an Oxfordshire based artist and illustrator and I've been creating Dotty Dog Art since 2013. 


I lovingly paint bespoke Dotty Dog portraits to bring you joy, memories and smiles.


With my background qualifications in art and graphic design I merge painting styles with graphic design techniques, building up shapes and tones to create a portrait that is fresh and original.


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