So what’s on your walls?
A bit of art on the walls to cheer you up, brighten your day, maybe bring a little joy is what artist Jules Smith’s new art venture hopes to accomplish.
“I love that my art is now available in multiple sizes at an affordable price point making ‘Art for Everybody' a reality.” Jules explains, “Giclee Fine Art Printing has made it possible to make my collection of recent and earlier work truly accessible to anyone.”
Jules Smith Art’s Giclee Reproduction prints utilize the latest technological advances in digital printmaking. Images of her original paintings are either digitally scanned or captured directly on camera and are printed with a high resolution, professional Digital inkjet printer with archival pigments. Together with 100% cotton rag, acid free, archival paper, the process yields exceptional depth, color and accuracy. Each print is made to order with signature and title in the margin under the image to be seen with mat or covered depending on your preference.
The initial launch collection of 24 Giclee reproductions of new paintings and favorites in the archives, includes California landscapes and vibrant seascapes of Puerto Rico, California and Australia. “I will be adding more reproductions of new paintings as they come off the easel, and I do take special requests at no extra cost, if you are interested in a print of an existing painting you like. Because I print and hand cut in-house I can make any painting available and I also can manage costs and ensure high quality. It’s also fun to package with care and a bit of style using natural Kraft paper, jute, fun labels, and colorful wax seals with hand pressed flowers from my garden,” reports Jules.
Jules was raised in Santa Paula, California, lived in Kauai, Upper Ojai Valley, Fillmore, Inverness and Nicasio Valley, California, and currently spends most of her time either working in her studio in Puerto Rico or her hometown Santa Paula, California where her work has been included in several juried Exhibitions at the Santa Paula Art Museum in the past few years. Most recently the 14th Art about Agriculture Exhibition. She is a member of the California Art Club and society of Southern California.
“After years of planning and research I am happy to offer my Art at reasonable prices with the highest quality materials from my home studio.” Collectors Investing in a high quality print can be confident with the process utilizing 100+ year light permanence rated archival pigment inks on archival quality, fade resistant 100% Cotton Rag 308 gsm, Acid and Lignin Free, FineArt Smooth Matt paper by Hahnemühle, the leader in Museum and Gallery Papers for Giclee Reproduction Prints.
Have you ever wondered what goes into creating and launching a collection of Giclee Fine Art Prints in house? Jules explains her process, “For years I have dabbled in selling Giclee prints of my art working with a wonderful print and framing studio in Old San Juan to create the prints. However, the cost and time in transportation and waiting, quality checking, the back and forth of it all made it an unreasonable business for me,” explains Jules, who currently takes public transportation everywhere she goes. She enjoys staying home alone with her her dog Gabbana and creating Art so she took stock after the Covid Isolation and thought about would work best for her, what would be sustainable.
After much research and taking advice from other artists running their own Giclee Art Print and Art Card businesses, she launched her business. “I started with the Art Cards Shop first,” she reminisces about how she launched the online ART CARD shop on Thanksgiving 2022. However, after several collectors asked her for prints she invested in the highest quality of materials and equipment and rolled out the Giclee Reproduction Art Prints section of the online shop on Valentines Day, Feb 2023. She is delighted her first two orders are out the door printed, packaged with love and care and will be arriving this weekend to two very special collectors. “Im humbled that they believe in me and like my art well enough to live around it on their walls of their homes,” she added. “I hope the bright colors and calming scenic vistas may spark a bit of joy in your day,” says Jules to future customers.
Prints are available in standard sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 12 x 16. easy to frame with standard frames that come with mats. Some pieces are available in square variations as well. Although the prints are sold unframed with a white border, artist signed in the lower margin standard, frames with mats are available to purchase through her website. You can find links to basic oak, white and black frames. “I have linked up with Amazon for frames to offer low cost options in framing to consider while you are shopping for prints, I’ve tried to demystify the buying and framing of prints” says Jules. There are also couple of blogs on her website to help guide and understand options for framing.
So what is the difference between a Giclee and other Art Prints you many wonder? There are plenty of subcategories of Art Prints such as digital prints, etchings, lithographs, engravings, screen prints, letterpress prints and posters. What makes Giclée prints stand apart? A Giclée must have the following three (4) qualities Professional Printer, Pigment Ink, High Resolution, Archival Paper. Learn more about the unique quality and standards that go into each Giclee print on another Blog available on her website JulesSmithArtCardsPrints.com
Jules is trusting that investing in quality equipment and supplies will prove to be the best move and that her initial orders will multiply if she does things with care. “Besides investing in a quality Advanced Epson Large Format Printer with high resolution scanning and printing capabilities, purchasing archival Pigment inks, the highest quality Gold Standard 100% Cotton Paper by Hahnemühle, this past month, I also upgraded - -purchasing a larger, sharper, new rotary Dahle paper trimmer to achieve sharper cuts on the Art Card and Giclee Prints.” explains the artist. “I invested in archival protective glassine paper, foam boards and clear sleeves and other packaging products to make sure your Giclée prints and Art Cards arrive safely in style. I splurged on a wax and seal set that includes 24 colors of Wax Beads, a Wooden Hilt, Melting Furnace, Melting Spoon, and two Wax Stamps: one says, "For You" and a "Tree of Life" stamp,” she added. She says this helps her personalize the packages with simple embellishments, decorating the envelopes and packages of Art Cards and or Giclee Prints she sends out to her customers.
Each Giclee Print comes with an elegant Certificate of Authenticity Certificate which guarantees that it is true Fine Art Giclee Open Edition Print of the Artist's Original Piece and includes Title of Artwork, Artist Name, Print Edition, Print Method, Print Size, Original Medium, Original Size, Created (Copyright) Date, and Print date. Detailed information about the Type of Paper, Pigments, Printer and resolution are included. The signature by the artist and date placed adjacent to a stamped wax seal. You can purchase a Giclee with confidence in your investment. The Artist biography is also included with a short description about the actual painting with a personal note by the Artist.
- Top Quality Giclee high resolution, printed on Fine Art 100% Cotton Acid Free Archival Paper with Archival Pigments
- Available unframed. (frames now available through website)
- Standard print sizes unframed: 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 12 x 16 and some square
- Open Editions with Certificate of Authenticity embellished with wax seal. The artist’s biography, personal note and painting details Included.
- Orders ship FREE within 7 working days, express delivery option available throughout the USA and Canada. Use code FREESHIPPINGPRINT at checkout
Artist Jules Smith is proud to announce FREE shipping on all prints and that each Giclee is printed at the time of each order in house, with the best of materials, speciality packaged with care, and lots of love - an investment to last 100+ years.
When you visit the website Jules encourages you to sign up on the “Register Your Birthday” Pop Up that appears so she can send you a gift on your birthday. You can also agree to receive collection previews and early access, inspiration, email-only discounts, and studio behind-the-scenes!