What is it about Giclée Prints?

  

What are giclée prints?

(pronounced zhee-clay)

This is a type of inkjet printing meant to produce a product at a higher quality with a longer lifespan than a standard desktop inkjet printer.

Three basic criteria

  • The print needs to be 300 dots per inch to insure the sharpest detail
  •  The paper used must be of archival quality and acid free.   Professional series papers are more expensive than plain white copy paper. Epson papers are among the finest papers to use.  If you are buying a giclee print confirm the type of paper it is printed on.
  • A giclee print  is printed on a large format printer using pigment based inks.  Pigment based inks have a longer lifespan, can last from 100 to 200 years without significant fading

The advantage to artists producing their work as a giclee print is that is can be created ‘on demand’.  Only printing one print at a time.

They are more expensive to produce, and more expensive to buy.

  •  Ink is more expensive, a new set of inks cost $140.00 for my Epson Artisan 1430.
  •  The printer is more expensive, $350 instead of $89. (still a good deal but I use it only for prints and use my hp for other needs)
  • The paper is much more expensive.

I have the Epson Artisan 1430 and can print up to 13′ x 19′ prints and I use Epson inks and Epson art papers

This Information is taken from an article at Creative Blog Art and Design inspiration.  creativeblog.com

 

 

Tomorrow’s Market & Kira Ishi Rocks

Tomorrow will be the first time for me to manage my TailGateArt market by myself.  Thankfully Shar will be able to help me get set up and take down and all I have to do is sell. Hoping for a nice day, the weatherman says yes, no snow or rain expected and temps in the 70’s.

My paintings will be on super sales as low as I can go to decrease my inventory.  I want to paint more landscapes and play with different techniques, there are so many options for the artist now, so much to learn.

I’m excited to start making prints of my paintings to sell.  I  bought a  printer that can make prints up to 16 x 20 (almost).  Expecting it any day now, I’m hopeful because I have a  had problems with my  printers.  I guess I’ve had about 6 or so printers over the years and they have all been a source of frustration,  I am a little concerned but determined to give this a try and if it works out as I expect I’ll sell my prints and note cards here too.

I’ll have Shar’s  kira ishi (small shiny rock in Japanese) rocks for sale tomorrow,  they have been a popular item especially for kids.

Some people think  “$5 is too much for a rock” without thinking about the skill needed to produce these beautiful rocks.  Depending on the size of the rock they cost from 50 cents to $5.00.

Costly and exotic Japanese, Thai, Indian and Nepalese papers are used to create her Kira ishi rocks and she finishes with multiple layers of varnish.

All the papers have a name, the Japanese Yuzen papers have names like Jewels, jasmine, Happiness, Midnight crane and Panda bear and many more.

The Nepalese papers are made from the Lokta bush.  Lokta paper is strong and durable and Eco-friendly and called the Nepal paper plant.

The Thai papers are made of the most luxurious Kozo momi papers that are hand marbled with stunning color combinations including metallic gold ribbons.  They have names of earth events with appropriate colors as noted below.  These are the rocks I was making but Shar makes them better than I do so she is the rock maker master.

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And that’s my story for today!

 

 

 

It was a Cold Morning….

in Richardson Texas today but we dressed in layers and set out for the Four Seasons Market with our tables, tent,  grids, chairs, rocks, paintings, tiles and persimmons for sale.  “We are getting better with the set up of the tent and it should get easier, but right now it’s still a challenge every week.

We didn’t sell any art today.

We sold rocks and tiles.  I forgot my business cards and that was embarrassing, what kind of salesperson forgets her business cards and has to give a paper with this website address on it.   I like the making and the painting, but I’m not so good at the selling part of a business. Shar is better at this so she is the business manager partner, she also takes a better photo than I do, as seen here with a happy customer.

Persimmons!

My sister Shar and I took some of the bounties of the front yard Persimmons tree to Four Seasons market in Richardson t.  We sold some and there are more to harvest.  Thank goodness because………..

Looking at the luscious fruit I wondered,  ‘I bet this will make a beneficial facial mask because the fruit is smooth, almost slimy in a good way.’. We decided to try it out and we both slathered our faces with the cool smooth sweet fruit.

We left it on for about 20 minutes and washed it off leaving us soft smooth skin.

Really nice! Feels wonderful!

I  recommend it, I even put some in my hair and washed it out 20 minutes later leaving my hair soft and smooth. Surely a hot marketing idea.

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We googled the fruit and found it is good for lots of things besides beauty treatments.

 

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-1tgaI’m getting things together for our Saturday markets and will soon be organized to know what we are doing most of the time.

I have some pics to share, these are from last weeks market.   These people were kind enough to let me take their photos with our items,  I think the Mom was telling her son not to touch,  kids loved the rocks so Shar is making some small ones for their pockets, feel free to touch them, can’t break and they are smooth and feel good in your hand.

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Lucky rocks.   Rocks made with Japanese, Thai or Indian papers carefully applied to rocks of all sizes and shapes.  So beautifully applied that you would think Mother Nature made them, but no, Shar has been making them for more than 20 years and uses them in her work as a therapist.  I need to get Shar to write about her experiences with her rocks and how she has used them in her classes. On my to-do list!

The papers in the circle are Thai papers and each style paper is named by an earth event.  The floral papers are Japanese yuzen papers and there are dozens of styles, if not hundreds.

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I’m having fun for now and excited to have a place to show my art even though one might think a farmers market is not the place for ‘fine art’  maybe I don’t consider mine as ‘fine art, but fun original signed  art at a price every family can afford to hang in their home.

Put a frame on these and they look fantastic.

I sold one painting while I was taking these photos by my car!  This large colorful painting on wood is resined and so shiny you can see my shadow taking the photo. A cute kid walking by stopped to look and thinks his Mom will like it because it is so colorful,  I hope she likes it.IMG_4465

I’ve been painting trees this week,  trees without leaves usually.  I like to see the structure of the tree, and I don’t paint the leaves so well yet.     The painting of the tree & flowers is crackled. I like to add a hammock or swing on my tree paintings.

 

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Wow! What a great day!

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Our first market day for my sister Shar and myself at the “Four Seasons” farmers market, in Richardson Texas.

We sold Paintings,

Shar’s beautiful Roux Rocks,

Ceramic Coasters

Note Cards made with images of my Paintings.

It was hot but we used a tent and a grid for hanging my paintings.

 We have a list of what we need to do better next Saturday.

But the best part was the People, the friendly Vendors,

and the Opportunity.

 

Acrylic Pours

Acrylic Pours

For a While, I was excited about making acrylic pours.  It was a very messy project with paint running all over and trying to stop it at exactly the right moment to produce imaginative shapes and colors was a challenge.  Finally, I decided that this was less am art and more chemistry.  The appropriate mix of chemicals to produce a pleasing or interesting painting. Some magnificent, some a mess.