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What is the difference between a limited edition and an open edition?

An limited edition print is personally inspected by the artist who painted the original image. If it meets with the artist's criteria as a true representation of his work, he hand signs and numbers it according to the edition size. Once all works in the edition are sold out, no further limited editions will be available in the release size. The print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist or the publisher testifying to the fact that the print is a limited edition and that the artist's signature is real. These hand-signed and numbered prints have more value to a collector than an open edition print.

An open edition is not personally inspected by the artist, however the original proof made by the printer is. The printer makes every effort to make it a true representation of the approved proof. The artists signature is printed in the print, not hand signed. These prints do not come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

How do you care for giclée prints?

One of the special features of a giclée print is that it can be printed on canvas. When printed
on canvas, it has the look and feel of an acrylic or oil painting and you may frame it as you would an acrylic or oil,
without putting it behind glass. (Gallery wrapped prints may or may not be framed.) As with all artwork, you want to avoid hanging it in direct sunlight, and avoid touching the surface and/or spraying any liquids on it. This print is printed with Ultrachrome pigmented inks and coated with an acrylic monomer and UV protector that resists water and moisture. If by accident the face of your print gets wet, the water should bead-up, as the acrylic coating is water-resistant (not water proof.) You can carefully blot off any excess moisture and allow it to dry. If water gets behind the image (on the back of the canvas), there is no inhibitor on the unprinted side, and if not wiped off right away, it may darken the print– but the inks should not bleed. When dusting your piece of art, take a dry, soft fabric or dust brush and gently remove the dust from the surface. You may use a very slightly damp soft cloth to gently clean the front of your print if dusting is not enough-- just be careful not to wipe hard. Occasionally, ‘sagging’ of the stretched canvas can occur due to climactic changes or other environmental factors. If that occurs, the best thing for you to do is to have the canvas professionally re-stretched by your framer.

What is a giclée print?

The word “giclée” (pronounced: zhee-clay) comes from the French and means “to spray” or “to spurt”. Giclée printing
is a form of reproduction that is created by scanning an image into a computer and printing it with finely sprayed
(over a million droplets per second) pigmented inks on either canvas or paper. The artists work very closely with the
printer until the most accurate reproduction of the original is achieved. Our printers understand the intricate color
palette and the subtleties of the work of each of the Rip Squeak artists. The pigmented inks used to print our
giclées will last between 80 and 100 years without fading, according to Wilhelm Institute testing. Special U.V.
inhibitors, which are sprayed on the face of every one of our prints, give added protection, increasing light fastness
and longevity of the images. Thus, we believe that the quality of the giclée prints in the Rip Squeak series is top of the
line. Each limited edition piece is personally inspected, hand signed, and numbered by the artist who painted the original. The open editions are not personally inspected by the artist, but are accurate representations of the original.

How can I make a purchase if I live outside the United States?

There are quite a few factors that are going to effect the ultimate cost of your shipping. Many websites take orders for delivery world wide but excessively mark up the shipping to ensure that they do not under quote the price. At Rip Squeak, we feel it is fairer if we do a more accurate manual quote on shipping outside the USA. Please contact us with a description of what you would like to purchase, your full shipping address, whether the shipping address is a residence or a business, and we will provide a personalized quote with an invoice that you can click and pay if the final price is acceptable to you.

How long does it take to receive my order?

There are quite a few factors that effect when you receive your order. Once payment is received, books are usually shipped the next business day and Artwork and Prints within a week or two, depending upon immediate availability. Overseas orders vary by country and shipping used.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping rates vary based on four main factors:  first the weight followed by the package volume (size), the shipping distance, and finally, the delivery service you choose, ground or air (air can usually be overnight, 2-day, or 3-day.)

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