It came up in conversation yesterday, just what is a Giclee print anyway? I thought I should learn that as I tip toe my way through finding the most cost effective way to get my art reproduced and also end up with a product I can be proud of. First off it is pronounced Zhee Clay ( I often get the consonants mixed up and say Glee-shay ;)). Giclee is derived from a French verb gicler meaning to spray or squirt. Wikipedia claims my ink jet printer can produce a Giclee. According to gicleetoday.com the answer is no. Giclee uses special light-fast, water resistant, archival inks on archival substrates. The process uses 12 of these special inks creating a very accurate color reproduction of the original. If treated properly, the prints will last a lifetime. The way the image is scanned is different also. The original is scanned directly on a drum scanner or large flatbed. If the image is larger, or cannot be taken off the stretcher frames, then a professional large format photograph must be taken. Finally it also seems that most of the Giclee printers can accommodate large sizes. So that seems to be it in a nut shell!
Here is what I have been working on this week- I hope you have a good week- Peace Out-Bec
W.I.P. I am going to use my ink pens on this one just to pop a few to the front- I think. Again thin washes on hot pressed paper
Here I added the ink- I do not think it really added much.
Exercise using masking tape to reserve the whites.
W.I.P. trying to make the scene believable.
W.I.P here I am working on making those stone walls less straight.
I am attracted to the sky line created by the barn and house….I want to repeat the somehow in the picture…
W.I.P. taking this to strange places- what I am going for is to capture the correct values.
W.I.P.- Thin washes on hot pressed paper. Dry as dry can be before adding the next layer.
W.I.P- I glazed over the back ground with yellow. I meant to do this in a cool color- whoops!
W.I.P again pumping up the contrasts- not sure if the house will be able to read as white…I will look again in spring to see how to do this better!
W.I.P straightened the right side of the house with Gouache.
W.I.P the foreground is filled with salt and masking fluid.
W.I.P.- almost done- I glazed over the back ground and used some gouache on the dandelions in the foreground, Next going to pump up the contrasts in the branch in the fore ground and do some detail work on the a few dandelions.