Art prints can be printed using a number of different methods. Each printing method is carefully chosen to achieve the ideal result for both artist and customer. Our printing team have carefully selected the best possible printing methods to meet these needs and to bring you the highest quality art prints.
Giclée printing is a fine art, digital print process. We use this method of printing because it allows us to print your single art prints one at a time to very high, "museum quality" standards. This method also allows us to print on a variety of different print materials, including fine art paper, watercolour paper and stretched canvas. The high quality inks and top of the range precision digital printers we use for our Giclée printing, ensure that your favourite artwork is faithfully reproduced every time.
Lithographic or "litho" printing is a print method we use when we receive a high number of orders of a single art print. Offset lithographic printing allows us to print large numbers of prints and still keep a consistent level of high quality.
Silkscreen printing is a highly skilled method of reproducing artwork by hand. Firstly, the printer creates an image on a fine mesh screen using a thin coat of wax. A different screen is created for each colour that is needed for the print, making silkscreen printing more suitable for artworks with just a few colours. The screen is laid down onto the paper, and ink is hand-pulled across it using a sponge like device. The ink seeps through the mesh onto the paper leaving a print of the image. This is done one colour at a time, with the print being set aside to dry after each impression.
At King & McGaw we also offer other less frequently used methods of printing. Traditional stone lithographic prints are hand made using an authentic process. Based on the principle that oil and water don’t mix, the artist’s image is applied to a limestone surface using a greasy medium. During printing, the stone is kept wet allowing an oil-based ink to stick only to the greasy areas. Paper is then laid on the stone and run through a printing press. For each colour, the artist would prepare a different stone making this a very skilled printing technique. We offer a range of vintage and collectable stone lithographs by celebrated artists.