INFORMATION ABOUT OUR FINE ART PRINTS
How are your prints made?
Marilynn Flynn produces the paper version of her limited edition prints on a large format Canon iPF5000 digital printer. This machine uses archival quality pigmented inks. Ms Flynn uses the highest archival quality, heavyweight textured papers for her prints. Her stretched canvas giclees are printed by a professional, high quality giclee printer in California that Ms Flynn works closely with to assure each print meets her exacting standards. These prints are then inspected, signed and numbered by Marilynn herself before being sent to the customer.
What is a Giclée Print?
The name Giclee was originally applied to fine art prints created on specialized printers in a process invented in the early 1990s - but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print. More recently the word “Giclée,” as a fine art term, has come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant "archival" inks and the inkjet printers that use them.
What is a Limited Edition Print? What is an 'Artist's Proof'?
This is a print that has been reproduced in limited numbers, after which it will not be printed again. Limited edition prints are signed by the artist, and numbered to indicate their place in the series - for example the numbers '3/50' would indicate the print was the third print in a series of 50.
An 'artist's proof' is a term used for small portion of a limited edition print run. In old lithographic printing, these used to be the first prints pulled off the stone, which were inspected and approved by the artist before the rest of the run was continued. These days, in the world of digital or offset printing, all the prints in an edition are nearly identical. For prints produced in Marilynn Flynn's studio, every print is essentially an "Artist's Proof", however she does not sign them as a/p unless there is additional hand work done on the print itself. Artist's proofs maintain their value because they are a small subset of the edition, and they usually come directly from the artist. Artist's proofs are signed "A/P" or "Artist's Proof" and may or may not be numbered with the serial number of that portion of the edition. Artist's proofs are generally considered a status symbol in the world of art collecting, and their resale value is proportionally higher than the numbered editions.
How should my print be hung or displayed?
Although our prints are made using archival quality materials, care should still be taken to avoid exposing the artwork to strong sunlight or atmospheric conditions that could accelerate fading or degredation of the print. Paper prints should be matted, framed under glass (or plexiglass) and hung in a location out of direct sunlight.
Are your prints waterproof?
Our paper prints are not coated and are not water resistant. These are not like prints you buy at a retail store. Our paper prints are printed on fine art paper that has a fragile surface that can be scuffed or damaged - just like a real watercolor painting. They should be treated like an original piece of art and kept in their protective clear bag packaging in until they can be framed under glass.
Our Canvas giclees are coated with a varnish that makes them water resistant.