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About Our Prints

Each Giclee Canvas Print unframed is NEW and in EXCELLENT CONDITION.

Each Giclee Canvas Print unframed is printed on white cotton 19 mil canvas, with a primed satin finish. A special resin coating holds the inks with high clarity. Archival Rating is 200 years. The images are brilliant and well saturated, making this canvas an ideal media for fine art reproductions.

Each stretched canvas is on 3/4 inch stretcher bars and is unframed. Carefully shipped anywhere in the continental United States protected by shrink-wrap and bubble wrap.

The textured fine art paper is an archival, Ph-neutral, OBA-free, thick and gorgeous 400 gsm medium, made by Strathmore. The special top coating of this paper gives it unprecedented precision, contrast and color saturation for a matte medium. It is also much more resistant to water spills than most fine art paper.

Giclee Prints

Giclee printing is better than canvas printing

Don't settle for just a photo on canvas; order a giclee on canvas. You can afford it!

Giclee printers have been printing on canvas and fine art paper for more than 15 years and they know that if you print on cheap (non-archival) canvas or paper, those giclees will come back to haunt you in a few years.

As a consequence, giclee printers have, over the years, moved into a realm of maximum quality with very little tolerance for mistakes or for anything less than very high-end materials. In the world of fine art reproduction, off-color, poorly-stretched or non-archival prints just don't make the grade.

In the fine art world – the realm of Great BIG Ideas – photos on canvas are usually referred to as giclees on canvas or giclees on fine art paper. But all similarities end here. In the fine art world, giclee reproductions have to meet strict expectations regarding precision, color matching and longevity, standards usually not expected of, or met by, inkjet prints on canvas.

The use of top-quality archival materials in this case means ph-neutral canvas and paper made in North America or Europe. (Chinese materials just don't provide the quality level required.)  It also means OEM inks, not compatible inks, or solvent/UV inks. And there's more in the mix: thick and sturdy stretchers made of domestic wood. All this used to mean high prices and long delays, but not anymore. By designing and building high-precision equipment, introducing efficient production protocols, and using its buying power, Great BIG Ideas is able to deliver stunning giclees at a very affordable price.

Treat yourself to a giclee...and save!

Services and Materials

Printing: We mostly use Canon printers and Canon inks. We never use cheap, underperforming compatible inks.

We print on Canvas and Textured Fine Art paper. To make sure our giclees last as long as possible, we use only archival, made-in-USA paper and canvas. Combined with OEM archival water-based pigmented inks, these materials will yield the longest-lasting, best-looking giclees available today.

Stretching: Giclees on canvas are put on stretchers made of thick domestic Basswood. Much larger and thicker than most, these stretchers won't bend or break. Any size is available without delay since we get our stretcher bars in bundles of 5,000 linear feet with 10-foot poles. We just cut them as needed.

The giclees are stretched on these frames using proprietary equipment for a tight, precise fit that is impossible to achieve with pliers.

Canvas: It is a thick 350 gsm 2x1 19 mil, Ph-neutral, poly-cotton canvas that's perfect for photo or art reproduction. Combined with OEM archival water-based inks and the glossy surface, this canvas will yield the maximum color saturation, contrast and longevity available today.

Advantages: High saturation, High contrast, Deep blacks, Archival and No cracks.

Textured watercolor: The textured fine art paper is an archival, Ph-neutral, OBA-free, thick and gorgeous 400 gsm medium, made by Strathmore. The special top coating of this paper gives it unprecedented precision, contrast and color saturation for a matte medium. It is also much more resistant to water spills than most fine art paper.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which printers do you use?
We use 44" and 60" inch Canon and HP printers.

Which inks do you use?
We use Canon and HP archival OEM inks.

How long will my print last?
Canon and HP archival OEM inks are rated to last over 100 years. So, with proper care, your print should last just as long.

Do you use cotton or poly-cotton canvas?
Cotton canvas is very popular because it is the cheapest material on the market at the moment. But cotton canvas is not what it used to be. Right now, it is the material with the most defects per square foot of all the canvases available today. Now, this might not be a problem if you are willing to ship slack giclees with bumps and bad treads, but here at Great BIG Ideas we find this unacceptable.

Great BIG Ideas uses the very best poly-cotton canvas available today. Poly-cotton canvas retains the look and feel of cotton canvas – you can't actually tell them apart – but without the bumps, bad treads, and sagging in dry weather. Sure, it costs us a little bit more, but we firmly believe that customer satisfaction is the first mission of our business.

Printed the way it should be.

Which shipping companies do you use?
We use UPS.

Will you send me a tracking number?
Yes, you will get a tracking number when your giclees leave our office.

 
         

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