art materials such as canvas and watercolor papers hold a certain
amount of moisture depending on the environment in which they
are stored or displayed. Printing on such material with non-waterproof
inks such as most inkjet inks requires a top coating, sealant
or lamination to make the prints moisture resistant.
prints are subjected to heat, such as direct sunlight, the heat
of a closed car, a non-airconditioned room or a laminating machine,
the trapped moisture in the printed material turns into steam
and reactivates the inks causing a color shift.
In some cases,
the heat causes the surface of the inkjet emulsion and protective
coating to crack.
inks are heat-tolerant and, combined with our specially coated
media, produce heat resistant giclée prints. You can even
use hot lamination on our giclées with no color shifting
or surface cracking.