Unlike offset lithography, which can print large quantities of copies in a short span of time, giclée printing is a very slow and costly process, but it offers superior quality. The scanned image is reproduced on a high-resolution printer which sprays water soluble, pigment-based inks onto the paper. “Giclée,” a word borrowed from French, literally means “that which is sprayed or shot with ink.” The term has become synonymous with fine art prints of highest quality.
The inks used were the best available in the industry—inks with archival quality as to fade and color shift protection for a century or more in average light conditions.
Arches® Infinity paper, designed for museum-grade prints was selected over other papers due to its ink coverage of up to 400%. This fine art, mould-made paper is 100% cotton, pH neutral, and lignin free. The bright white results from superior raw materials, not from optical brighteners. In addition, Arches® Infinity offers maximum color gamut with rich, vibrant, true-color fidelity and exceptional image permanence.
No expense or effort was spared to make this collection of 34 very limited giclées conform to the original watercolors. Hubert was present for many weeks to personally oversee the reproduction of each image. And only after each image was inspected by him and approved were 27 of the 150 in each edition of the giclées numbered and signed by the artist. The remaining giclées of each edition are now being released.
Each edition was to have been 150 in number. However, only 27 of the 150 in each edition were produced, signed and numbered by the artist.