Our Paper & Printing Methods
In this article we will look at the details of Klaus Tiedge’s Fine Art Printing Process. The series of African Wildlife photographic artworks “Pride of Africa” consists of over 80 fine art photographs which were captured in Southern and South East Africa (Namibia, Botswana and Kenya).
Each photograph is available on archival fine art paper in any of the offered five sizes / editions.
Each edition size is limited to a distinct number of prints.
The total Edition is limited to 101 prints worldwide, excl. Artist Proofs.
Over the years we have found that our preferred choice of fine art paper is “Epson Cold Press Natural”. It brings out the best finish for these photographic artworks. If the customer wishes, the artwork can also be printed on a different material like Canvas, still be limited to the sizes and editions. This may be subject to additional costs.
In order to ensure archival value photographs are printed on 100% acid – free – fine-art – mould made paper.
Ultra Chrome / Carbon Pigment inks are used to guarantee durability and permanence of colours. Images are also printed on order to ensure longevity.
Giclée PRINTING TECHNIQUE
The word giclée means to spray or squirt liquid. Ink is applied to fine-art textured paper using modern inkjet technology.
A “giclée print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology that was introduced in the 1990’s. Prints are generated from high-resolution files using archival quality inks onto various mediums including canvas, fine art and photo-based paper. The giclée printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction and has exceptional archival permanence. The quality of the giclée print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in collections, museums and art galleries around the world.
FINE ART PAPER – Epson Cold Press Natural
This paper has an acid free base, PH Buffered, 100% cotton rag on 340 gsm weight. It has a white surface, without OBA’s and a soft textured finish for excellent colour and black & white reproduction. With extreme high D-Max for high contrast, it dries instantly and has a wide colour gamut.
This paper meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.
The Klaus Tiedge “Pride of Africa Collection” is a series of Limited Edition Prints, individually numbered and signed by him.
To validate your investment, each print is accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the artist.
Under normal viewing conditions the prints are estimated to offer a minimum lifespan of 130 years (Independent study www.wilhelm-research.com). It is important that the prints are framed using acid free mounting board and are kept out of direct sunlight. It might be advisable to use UV resistant glass if hung in high-lit areas.
In order to protect your investment it is important that the prints are framed correctly. The photographs should never be glued directly onto a backing board but rather be pasted directly onto a thin aluminium plate using specialised archival adhesive. Our preferred method of framing is where the prints are either taped to the reverse side of the mounting board or suspended on archival clips. Clips are hinged onto the backing board of the frame using a minimal amount of archival adhesive, which allows the artwork to be floated between the glass and the backing board, ensuring the protection of the print and easy removal for re-framing.
Mounting board must be 100% acid free and 2mm clear; non-reflective UV inhibiting glass or museum display glass should be used. It is vital that the frame is sealed in order to keep out moisture, dust and insects. Too achieve a clean uncomplicated look it is recommended that white or off-white mount board is used within a simple black or white frame. The weight of the outer frame is adjusted according to the size of the print. Once framed, the frame should be transported upright and displayed out of direct sunlight.
Final approval of image after test printing to check quality and colour of print.
We only print with two selected printers in Cape Town who we have been working with for years.
The file gets transmitted to the printer. Image gets printed as per size requested / ordered by customer.
We usually print the actual image including a white border around of a few centimetres, this gives the image more space and allows for framing as is or with mount board. Also it protects the actual image for damage / kinks.
We then receive the print from the printer – Klaus Tiedge then personally checks quality of the print e.g. that there is no ink spots or left out areas. Cotton gloves are a must when handling the print.
Klaus then numbers the print as per registry of limited edition number;
Numbers the print on the front left and Signs the print on the front right corner
On the back of the print he puts information of image like: name, size, edition number – all is handwritten and additionally signed by Klaus.
Print gets then carefully rolled up in acid free tissue paper.
Certificate of authenticity is issued and attached to image.
Cotton gloves are added for the customer / framer to handle the print.
Packed in a plastic tubed packaging for additional protection e.g. from moisture.
Inserted in a sturdy postal tube for shipping to customer, delivery to gallery or framer if framing is required.
We are very proud of our printing process. There is nothing better than completing the journey from grass roots while still lying in the dirt on safari to mounting a limited edition print in a new frame on a wall… this is why we do what we do.