Print buying guide
All prints can be sold print-only or mounted. We don't sell framed prints online due to the difficulties of shipping items with glass, but if you're visiting our gallery in Porthmadog you will be able to see a range of mouldings that we can offer.
The 'print only' option is simply a copy of the image printed on paper! As it's just a sheet of paper we can roll this up and deliver in a tube. The print will have a white border around it, and the size of the sheet of paper, along with the size of the printed image are given in the product description.
Mounted prints come with a mount, ready to frame.The mounted size is the size that you'll need to use to fit to a frame. We wouldn't recommend getting a frame pre-made until you've received the product, but if you do so, the framer will need to know the exact mounted size, not the image size. We use good quality ivory coloured mount board for all our prints.
Limited and Open Editions
Limited edition prints are limited in the numbers we print and sell. For example most of the limited editions in our collections are limited to 200, this gives the product a certain degree of exclusiveness. Limited edition prints can easily be recognized by referring to the white border along the bottom of the printed image. If there is a combination of numbers alongside the title e.g 25/200, it means it is a limited edition print. The 200 represents the size of the publication whilst the 25 represents the number of that particular print.
Open edition prints have no upper limit.
There is absolutely no difference in the quality of limited and open edition prints.
Our printing process
What is Giclée?
We sell two types of prints - offset litho and giclée. Offset litho is a traditional way of creating artwork reproductions where the artist would use a commercial printing company. Despite the excellent quality that the commercially printed image produces it does not compare with the giclee process, Longevity is an issue with the Off-set litho process and unless the print is kept in a fairly dark room protected from strong sunlight, it will quickly fade.
Giclée on the other hand is a digital printing technique which has developed since the 1990s. The equipment required to produce giclée prints is far more accessible, allowing artists to control the printing process themselves. The rapid development of the giclee printing process has resulted in an excellent product that will last a lifetime especially if the artist uses the very best material.
Having been in the business of producing fine art prints for over 35 years we know a thing or two about what people expect. Working with industry professionals we have developed a combination of printers, inks and papers that we know will give us the high level of quality that people want. A customer would expect a limited edition print to last a long time.
With that said, even giclée can fade if exposed to too much direct sunlight or strong UV light. As long as a giclée print is protected from too much UV light it should last many years.
Our papers and inks
Paper - 'Hahnemühle William Turner' watercolour paper
- 310 gsm, (grams per square metre) 100% cotton
- White, without optical brighteners
- Fine yet highly pronounced felt structure
- Matt premium inkjet coating for outstanding print results
- Acid- and lignin-free
- ISO 9706 conform / museum quality for highest age resistance
Inks - 'HP Vivera Professional'. These pigment based inks are designed for professional artists, photographers and graphics designers, delivering exceptional colour accuracy, consistency and fade resistance, regardless of the media (photography paper, watercolour paper, canvas)..