“Giclée printing” (pronounced jheeclay) is a term that was coined in the early 1990s, referring to an archival approach to digital printing.

The French word “giclée” is a noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt”.


What is a giclée print?

Giclée printing refers to fine art printing for digitized art with an inkjet printer. Unlike home or office printers, giclée printers use higher-end technologies that produce extremely high quality, sharpest detail, highest resolution and fade-resistant archival prints of artwork.

These premium technologies use fade-resistant inks and pigment-based inks that produce visually crisp prints.

Inkjet printers in our homes or offices use dye-based ink which is the cheaper kind, but fades as years go by. Giclée prints should last the owner up to 100-200 years, if cared for properly.

Pigment based inks vs. dye-based inks

Pigment-based inks used for giclée prints are composed of small coloured particles held in a neutral carrier liquid. These dyes allow for better color matching with original artwork, scratch resistant and prints that can last longer between 100-200 years.

Dye-based inks are a soluble colourant dissolved in a liquid. These inks are watered down in comparison to pigment based inks and are cheaper to produce, which is why they’re used for home and office printers.

At SisterMoonz, each print is carefully and skillfully printed using the giclée printing process when you place an order. This ensures the lifespan of your print begins the day you purchase your very own limited edition print.

You don’t need to worry about your print being exposed to the elements prior to your buying decision. Each print is printed after purchase, to ensure premium quality that is sure to last more than a lifetime!

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