Gouache (pronounced gwash) paint is similar to watercolor but modified to make it opaque. It was found to be used as early as the fourteenth century in Europe. Gouache differs from water color in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk is present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque with greater reflective qualities. Many twentieth century artists have been known to use gouache, such as Jacob Lawrence, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.
Giclée is pronounced zhee-KLAY and one meaning of the word is to spray, in this case to spray ink. This type of print is a superb quality reproduction of an artwork using high end color inkjet printing techniques coupled with the use of pigmented archival inks that maintain image stability and color permanence better than all other known inks. The color accuracy of the best giclée prints is not exceeded.
Let the buyer beware, for a giclée print may be smeary, visual garbage spewed from the nozzle of a $100.00 inkjet printer. Not so with our giclée prints at Mother Bird Art. Our prints are produced by Lee Kozlowski at Digital Planet in Kalispell, Montana where they take meticulous care to produce the highest quality giclée prints possible. These reproductions are printed on Museo Max Fine Art paper (365lb) made of 100% cotton that is acid, lignin and chlorine free. Our giclée prints are often referred to as museum quality. Each print is signed by the artist.