Giclée (pronounced jhee-CLAY) printing uses the latest inkjet print technology to create superior, long-lasting prints. If you want a beautiful fine art reproduction, you want your print to be a giclée print. Learn what makes a print a giclée print in this post.
With so many cheap digital printing options available today, it’s more important than ever to know you’re buying a museum-quality, archival giclée print when you order from us. Given that all Sivertson prints are giclée prints, how do you figure out which is the best choice for your new art print— should you choose paper or canvas for your substrate?
Many of our prints are offered in three choices of substrate:
If you’re choosing between paper and canvas for your print, there are important differences between the substrates that you’ll want to understand.
Substrate materials. Paper prints are printed on heavy, 100% cotton rag paper. Canvas prints are available on either “stretched canvas” or “framed dry-mounted canvas.” All canvas prints use highly-pigmented archival inks on cotton canvas.
Hanging. Prints on paper are ready to frame, but not ready to hang on your wall.
Prints on canvas are ready to hang on your wall; choose either a “stretched canvas” style or “dry-mounted canvas” style with frame. Our stretched canvas prints do not require framing. Our framed dry-mounted canvas prints are offered in three wood frame choices to compliment your image: dark wood, maple veneer, and “weathered” wood.
Pricing. Prints on paper cost less to produce than prints on canvas. However, prints on paper will need to be framed behind glass for protection and hanging, and framing your paper print can add a significant amount to its overall cost.
Prints on paper range from $34.95 to $119.00 for standard paper sizes. Prints on canvas range from $259 for stretched canvas to $699 for a large, dry-mounted framed canvas in a standard size.
If you’re looking for an extra-large print, most of our prints are available in custom sizes. We offer only standard sizes on our website, but you can call us at 218-387-2491 and we’ll help you figure out what’s possible for your ideal print. Art is always spectacular when it’s big! In general, the larger the print size, the higher the cost.
Shipping. Paper prints are easy to ship either flat or rolled in a tube. Canvas prints must be shipped flat and will have a shipping surcharge added to cover their large size and/or extra weight so that they arrive in perfect condition. If you choose a canvas print, the surcharge amount will appear below the price of the item on the product page and in your shopping cart. If you’d like to pick up your order in Duluth or Grand Marais and save on shipping costs, call 218-387-2491 to place your order by phone.
Time frame. We custom print to every order. For prints on paper, please allow two weeks plus shipping. For prints on canvas, please allow three week plus shipping. If you need your print in a hurry, please let us know and we’ll try our best to expedite your order and get your art delivered for gift giving and other special occasions.
Choosing and understanding prints and substrates can be challenging. That’s why we’re available in person to help. We’re always happy to take your order by phone—call us to discuss your questions, your print options, and to place your order. And we’re staffed by experienced, knowledgeable associates at our galleries who can help you buy art for yourself or for others.
Reach us by phone at 218-387-2491 or 888-880-4369. Visit our galleries in Grand Marais or in Duluth, Minnesota.
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