People are always fascinated by the realistic quality a talented artist can achieve using only graphite and coloured pencils. Hours and hours of shading and blending grey tones and colour go into rendering each detailed composition. This innovative style and technique brings our original concept images to life, setting this work apart from anything else you have seen and creating a stir!
The images on our Home page look like high-resolution photographs - but they are not. They are all created by pencil. Use your browser to zoom in and see the amazing detail of our stirring works of art.
All Stirring Images are created the same way, with the same attention to detail. Our goal is to inspire your senses and STIR your imagination. For example, when you look closely at the Outstanding in the Field image in our Visual Metaphor Collection, you will swear that you can smell the leather and feel how soft it is!
Stirring Images uses only Acid-Free print materials for the best reproduction quality and longevity. All images arrive ready to frame. This includes the image on a ridged foam backer and a white mat that adds a border (2 inches on every side) to the actual image size. You may choose to use this mat or your framer may substitute with mats of different colours.
Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity and special handling instructions to ensure the continued protection of your valuable work of art.
To personalize your print by adding a custom signature, select “Yes Please!”
When you are on the Checkout page, fill out the “Add a note to your order” text box. Example: “Happy Birthday Mark!” Our Artist will add this to his signature for a one of a kind print you will treasure forever.
CARE FOR YOUR PRINT
The long life of these high-quality inks and archival paper means your print should last two or more generations with proper care.
Recommended Handling Instructions Upon Receipt
Be very careful when opening the package to reveal the print. Do not touch the Giclee image at all. The delicate inks are velvet in nature and susceptible to scratching or blemishing, even with the lightest touch. Decide to have your new print properly framed as soon as possible and keep the prints covered at all times using the package it was delivered in until then. Ensure you store the package in a safe and dry place and avoid stacking anything on top.
Suggested Framing Procedure
To create high quality fine art capable of stirring emotions, each piece must be unique. It is precisely because they are unique that Stirring Images refuse to fit into a standard box. That is why your Giclee print is a custom size.
We highly recommended that you consult your local framer and ask for advice on conservation framing. To get the best presentation and life from your new print, ensure that the framing products; mat, backing, print mounting and glass are conservation quality. The glass is the most important feature in your preserving your artwork and should be rated for ultraviolet (UV) light protection.
NEVER let glass touch the surface of the print.
Hanging Your Artwork
When hanging your artwork, ensure it is located in a space that is out of direct sunlight. This will help to prevent a multitude of damages, especially due to heat.
For a more comprehensive look into the protection of a Giclee print, printing process and conservation framing explore the internet with any question you might have. If you are still looking for answers or advice, please feel free to Contact us.
Giclée (pronounced 'jee-clay') is a High-Fidelity printing process used to produce very accurate reproductions of fine art that are difficult to tell from the original.
This process uses a technique that is similar in nature to the familiar Ink-Jet printer. A fine stream of ink (more than four million droplets per second!) is sprayed onto archival art paper or canvas. However, unlike the ordinary home or office printers that use only four inks, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK), the Giclée process can use from 8 to 16 different colours.
The type of ink is also quite different. Giclées are printed using pigment-based inks rather than the dye-based inks found in low-cost inkjets. Pigment-based inks have a longer life span that can last anywhere from 100 to 200 years without significant fading (if framed properly).
This process is very different from conventional processes, which create the image using tiny dots (Pixels) or pressing paper to a stone or transfer plate.
What is a lithograph? Lithography is the process of pressing paper to a master plate or stone to make a copy of the original work.
Basically, the image to be copied is transferred to a printing plate or stone (yes, actual Limestone!) using engraving or an acid-etching process. Ink is applied to the plate and the image is transferred by pressing the paper to the plate with a roller. If an image has several colours, a separate plate is required to press each new colour to the paper over top the previous colour. The Printer must be very careful to align the paper perfectly for each new colour.
Invented in 1789, Alois Senefelder called his new process "lithography," based on the Greek words Lithos, meaning stone, and graphein, meaning to write. Literally, stone-writing.
Today, most types of high-volume books, newspapers and magazines, especially when illustrated in colour, are printed with offset lithography, which has become the most common form of printing technology since the 1960s.