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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Artist's Proof?
An Artist's Proof is a smaller edition of an image that also has a regular edition size. It is usually no more than 10 percent of the regular edition size. It will be consecutively numbered and be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

What is a Serigraph?
Serigraphy utilizes the silk-screen printing process. For each desired color, a stencil is created indicating where the color will be applied. Then the stencil is adhered to a silk or nylon mesh screen, and paint of that color is forced through the screen on to the paper. This process creates a luxurious, vibrant and often-textured image.

What is a Giclée?
Giclee is a French term meaning "spraying of ink." Printing directly from information obtained from the original painting, Iris printers spray microscopic drops of color on to a fine art paper or canvas. Displaying the full color spectrum, these artworks have vibrant colors and a velvety texture.

Handling, Stretching and Framing the Giclée on Canvas
Your Giclée on canvas is very delicate and completely intolerant to water and moisture. It should be handled as carefully as you would handle an original watercolor taking special care to avoid any contact with water or mist. Please make certain that your hands are clean, dry and oil-free before touching it. (Perspiration on your hands or fingers will damage the image.) Stretch it firmly keeping your fingers on the border as much as possible. Do not spray or mist the back of the canvas once it has been stretched. As with all fine art reproductions, please hang it in an area that is free from strong light and humidity. Handled properly, your Giclée will provide many years of pleasurable viewing.

Handling and Framing Your Paper Giclee
Your Giclée on paper is very delicate and completely intolerant towater and moisture. It should be handled as carefully as you would handle an original watercolor taking special care to avoid any contact with water or mist. Please make certain that your hands are clean, dry and oil-free before touching it, and frame it using acid free, museum mountings and ultraviolet filtered glazing.As with all fine art prints, please hang it in an area that is free from strong light and humidity. Handled properly, your Giclée on paper will provide many years of pleasurable viewing

What is an Offset Lithograph?
Offset Lithography is the process of taking an original piece of art and separating the colors using a scanner or digital camera which feeds the image directly into a computer. Using this information and utilizing the photo offset printing process the press recreates all the colors in the original artwork. Additional tints or touch plates may be added to produce a print that is an exact match to the original painting.

What is the Secondary Market?
Secondary Market is one source for obtaining prints or canvases after the edition is sold out from the publisher. The value and availability are based upon supply and demand. The secondary market can be extremely unpredictable as price is determined by the value of the print to the individual consumer and may differ from one geographic area to another.

Will Limited Editions Increase in Value?
The value of a limited edition print is unpredictable and based upon the public's demand for this image. Since it is a limited edition and only so many prints will be sold, when the print is sold out the value may increase if additional people desire to purchase it. Limited editions and all other art work should be purchased because you love it and want to enjoy it everyday. If a print increases in value, then you have an added bonus.