Fine art prints have several benefits over original artwork and cost is just the beginning. Depending on the size of the painting and the artist, a piece of fine art can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to several million. At that point you’re more likely to be making an investment than giving a gift. Another problem with original fine art is the preservation and care taking that is involved. Light, dust, fingerprints and moisture can all combine to wear down the colors of a painting and if you simply hang a fine art piece on a wall expect it to deteriorate quickly.
With fine art print reproductions you save yourself time and money. First, fine art prints are a fraction of what the original piece costs. Because of this you can choose to have a single print made or have dozens printed for greeting cards and gifts. Second, art reproductions can be transferred to a number of high quality paper stocks that are more durable than canvas including archival enhanced card stock and 100% cotton rag velvet paper. Using museum quality archival card stock and paper will give you the strongest backing you can have for a fine art reproduction and then you can choose options for preserving the artwork even more.
One option for high quality fine art reproduction is to use a process known as Giclee. Giclee is a French word that means “to spray” and the Giclee process involves generating images from high resolution digital scans and printing with archival quality inks onto various card stocks and papers. The Giclee process can be used for both fine art reproductions and photographs.
Another way to preserve an art print is to have it professionally matted, mounted and framed behind solid glass. Not only does the frame keep the card stock or paper from curling and tearing but the solid glass display plate will protect the artwork from dust, light, fingerprints and other hazards that can easily damage the print.