Gesso Prints compared to Giclee

I have recently added gesso prints to my store and thought I should explain the difference between those and the more expensive giclee prints.

Giclee Prints

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Red Squirrel Fine Art Giclee Print, from £25

Based on the French verb gicler which means “to squirt or spray”, giclée printing involves squirting microscopic dots of specialist archival pigment ink onto high quality fine art paper with exceptional accuracy.

I consider giclée prints of my art to be perfect. The colour is an exact match, the detail could not be more accurate and even the texture of the paper perfectly represents the surface of the original artwork.  They are also very long lasting, studies have shown that giclée prints colour vividness can last in excess of 200 years with tests by independent bodies such as Wilhelm Research.

Hungarian Vizsla Fine Art Giclee Print, from £25

The specialist skill, precision and quality of the materials involved in giclée printing results in giclée prints being the most expensive of the two.


Gesso Prints

Hungarian Vizsla Gesso Print, from £14

Gesso Prints are digitally printed onto textured Tintoretto paper. They are a great reproduction and come mounted, signed and wrapped in a clear cello envelope complete with a certificate of authenticity.


A close up of a gesso print to show the textured Tintoretto paper

While giclées are printed using a twelve colour process, digital printing uses just four, so does not achieve the same level of colour accuracy.

I am very happy with them as a reproduction of my art and are a great option for anybody wanting a lower priced alternative to a giclée print.


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