Print Finishing

A range of finishing options are available including deckle edge effects, window mounting, flush mounting and spray giclée varnishing.

We would be happy to advise or estimate on your exact requirements.

Deckle Edges

Where art paper giclée prints are to be finished as floating images or without a conventional window mount we can create random deckle edge effects.

The familiar frayed edge technique adds an interesting, spontaneous, element to the finished piece.

Window Mounts

Many artists choose to present their art paper giclée prints complete with window mounts, ready for framing.

We can supply bespoke mounts; the typical specification would be:

  • 1.4mm conservation grade acid free board, 1.1mm acid free backing board
  • print hung on backing board with ph neutral cloth tape

Our standard mount board is Arqadia Minuet which has a smooth warm white finish.

Window mounting a paper giclée print

Flush Mounting

If the print is to be hung as a floating panel, with or without frame/glass, one option is to flush mount onto rigid board or aluminium.

A more economic alternative to solid aluminium would be Dibond. This composite material is composed of thin outer layers of aluminium with a PVC core. Dibond has the advantage of being resistant to warping without adding undue extra weight.

If a glass frame is not required flush mounted panels can be hung directly on the wall using split battens made from 10mm Foamex. Paper giclée prints hung in this way should be protected with a giclée varnish (see below).


Window mounted giclée print

Tray mounting

Flush mounted panels or stretched canvas prints can be given an extra level of finish by adding a (glassless) outer tray frame.

Our standard tray frames have a matt Ash like finish and are 38mm deep with a 9mm wide front face. The panel or canvas would normally be fixed inside the frame allowing a gap of around 6mm to inner edge of the front face of the frame.

Varnishing

Stretched canvas giclée prints are protected with an acid free giclée varnish as standard. The finish can be specified as matt, semi-matt or gloss.

Further texture can be added to the surface of canvas prints if desired, using varnish or gell applied with brush or knife.

Mounted paper giclée prints that are to be displayed without covering glass should normally be varnished (finish options are as with canvas prints above). It is interesting to note that the combination of matt art paper and gloss giclée varnish for example, produces an effect similar to oil on board in an original painting.

Diamond Dust

We can also add spot effects such as ‘diamond dust’ sparkle to specific image areas on paper or canvas prints.

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