Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Giclée?
A giclée (pronounced zhee-CLAY) is an individually produced, high-resolution, high- fidelity reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclée, a French term meaning “spray of ink” is produced from digital scans of the original artwork. A fine stream of ink, more than four million droplets per second, is sprayed onto a specially treated canvas or paper. Our giclées have passed the 75-year ink-fade test and are produced on acid free, pH balanced archival canvas and paper. Each giclée is hand-signed by Mr. Strain and includes a “Certificate of Authenticity.”
Caring for Your Canvas Giclée
Your fine art giclée reproduction is beautiful and delicate and should be handled with the same extreme care that you would give an original painting. The giclée has been produced using superior printing technologies and premium quality materials. Treat this investment as you would any piece of fine art. To ensure that your giclée maintains its presentation quality for years of enjoyment, please adhere to the following recommendations when handling and displaying:
- Canvas giclée may be gently dusted using a soft, clean dry cloth.
- Do not apply any additional coatings
- Use a professional framer who has experience stretching and framing giclée canvases.
- Do not use glass when framing. The giclée needs to breathe.
- Do not spray the back of the canvas with water or any other liquids.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
Room climate should be controlled to avoid excessive stretching or shrinkage. A consistent environment with temperatures within the 60 to 85 degrees F range and relative humidity of 30 – 55% is recommended.
Our paper giclées are shipped flat. Our canvas giclées are shipped rolled in a tube. We use FedEx Ground but can also use USPS if requested. Faster shipping options are available at a higher rate. Please call or email for a quote.
We try to accommodate all shipping requests but some destinations are cost prohibitive. Please call or email for a quote on international shipping.