Touching up (embellishing) Giclee canvas prints

Last post 01-08-2009 1:43 PM by Karen Sperling. 1 replies.
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  • 01-08-2009 1:18 PM

    • GC Schow
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    Touching up (embellishing) Giclee canvas prints

    I have printed out two types of giclee prints - one on watercolor paper the other is on canvas.

    When I touch the watercolor with (Water) brush enhancements - adding a line here and there the inks from the print run and destroys my image. 

    First question: What can I coat the watercolor print with to seal it so I can add more color or washes that Painter doesn't do very well. If I use a oil-based sealer the water and color will not work. I have used some different types of fixes with no luck.

    Second question: What can I use for a canvas print. I have tried varnish, polyurethane and spray fix. Then applied acrylic gel with brush marks. This does not work.

    Bottom line I want to embellish my prints (buildup-paint-color-wash) to my art to make each one different and unique. I want to take a Painter image and take it up to a new level.

    What products do I do this with & where can I find the information???  thanks

  • 01-08-2009 1:43 PM In reply to

    Re: Touching up (embellishing) Giclee canvas prints

    I have a chapter in my Painting for Photographers book about painting on canvas.

    The book isn't done, yet, but I did post the chapter about applying a first coat on canvas after the canvas is printed.

    Visit this page and click on the link to download the .pdf chapter excerpt.

    As for watercolors on paper, I don't know what the answer is. Pretty much anything that you add to fix the ink is going to change the surface so that you won't be able to paint traditionally with the watercolors.

    Maybe the answer is to do your traditional watercolor work first then print the Painter work after that.


    Karen Sperling
    the original Painter expert
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