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.


Published by gillianussherart

I am a pet and wildlife artist, originally from Ireland but now based in Frome, England with my husband and children, two rescue dogs Rua the Hungarian Vizsla and Ogie the blind terrier, and Jet the cat. I take commissions for pet portraits and draw original animal art, most of which is sold as fine art prints and art cards. I also teach others how to draw through online classes and short courses available through my website. I have been working as a full time artist for many years, and have fulfilled hundreds of pet portrait commissions. My client base is international, and I ship worldwide for free. My work has been featured in publications such as Dogs Today Magazine, Dogs Monthly, The Guardian, Talented Ladies Club and Country Living Magazine. I support animal charities whenever I can, by regularly donating art to various rescue group fundraisers, donating 20% of income from prints to various breed specific rescues and providing wildlife rescues and rehabilitations centres with original art to fundraise and create merchandise. If you are interested in purchasing or commissioning art, or if you just want to connect, you can contact

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