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Giclée (pronounced /ʒiːˈkleɪ/ "zhee-clay" or /dʒiːˈkleɪ, from French[ʒiˈkle]) is a neologism for the process of making fine artprints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. The word "giclée" is derived from the French language word "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray". It was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working in the field, to represent any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. The intent of that name was to distinguish commonly known industrial "Iris proofs" from the type of fine art prints artists were producing on those same types of printers. The name was originally applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints.  from Wikipedia

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What is Encaustic Painting?
Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of  beeswax, resin and pigment), that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a porous surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint.  The word ‘encaustic’ has no connection to the word caustic; it comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint. Wax is an excellent preservative of materials. It was from this use that the art of encaustic painting developed. The Greeks applied coatings of wax and pitch to weatherproof their ships. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships and later, merchant ships. Encaustic paintings were for the possession of Roman aristocrats of his own time. The Egyptians used Encaustic for funeral portraits, painted either in the prime of life or after death, were placed over the person's mummy as a memorial.
Encaustic is perhaps the most beautiful of all artists' paints, and it is as versatile as any 21st century medium.  Encaustic is also the most durable artists' paint. This is due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow, and it will not darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.
Encaustics should be cared for as you would for any fine art piece. Work can be stored, wrapped in waxed paper and bubble wrap (be sure to face the bubbles out so they don’t make imprints in your work) at room temperature and out of any direct sunlight. Encaustics can be wiped clean with a soft cloth or paper towel. If the piece is especially dirty, it can be wiped with a water-dampened cloth.
In certain extremes it is possible, but not typical. Cars are the greatest hazard because the heat of the sun is intensified through car windows. Indoor environments, even very warm ones, are not usually hot enough to melt wax, though they could make the wax soft, and therefore difficult to work on. It takes at least 160 degrees to bring wax to a molten state, and probably a little bit more than that to actually cause it to move.

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