Embellishing a Limited Original Giclee

I’m embellishing a Giclee today for one of our Team Senkarik Members to hang in the entry of their home. For those of you not familiar with them, a Giclee is a digital reproduction of one of my original oil paintings. I go back in and paint, or embellish, the Giclees printed on canvas. Instead of our regular oil paints I use Alkyd Oils for this process. Similar to oil paint but they dry much, much faster so I can apply a lot of texture. Each piece is part of an edition; however, no two are embellished in exactly the same way so they are original. Hence the term, Limited Original. Some paint from the previous painting is saved on the left side of my easel just in case I need the colors. I’ll add Liquin to them if used on the Giclee.

The highlights on the clouds are enhanced, accentuating the warm glow of the sun. I also glaze the distant mountains with Ultramarine Blue + a lot of Liquin. Next the windows, shutters and door are repainted with a mixture of Pthalo Blue + White. More blue is used in the mix for the shadows; more white for the lighter, sunlit parts. I always repaint the doors and windows on the Limited Originals because they are a little dull when we receive the reproduction from the printer. This gives a pure, crisp POP of color and makes them look like the original painting.

The rooftops and tower of the distant village that reflects down into Lake Como are also enhanced.

The yellow petals of the Sunflowers are repainted with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Yellow + Hansa Lemon Yellow. Using alkyds allows me to paint thickly with lots of texture.

Reflections of Lake Como     30″ x 40″    Limited Original

The flowers of the magenta vine draping over the building, pink Bougainvillea, Nasturtiums on the window sill, Salvia and Daylilies are all repainted. This makes the colors more intense and adds texture to the Limited Original. Compare this image to the one at the top of the post to see the differences. When the piece is totally dry I will use Dick Blick clear acrylic gel gloss medium to carefully brush texture the entire surface. Then Reflections of Lake Como will be ready to ship to our collector so they can enjoy it for years to come. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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3 Responses to “Embellishing a Limited Original Giclee”

  1. Donna Says:

    How fascinating!
    So much more colorful now, and so like an original.
    You go the extra mile for sure!

    I’ve seen Kincaid’s embellished paintings and while very beautiful, I am in awe at how much paint you put on yours!!

    I have a question about the acrylic gloss medium over the alkyds. I thought we weren’t supposed to put acrylic over oils? Can you explain what alkyds are as opposed to oils?

  2. Jan Says:

    These are great tips. It’s a great way to bring back the pop of color that is lacking in the giclee prints. I have been a little disappointed with the dullness of some giclées compared to the originals. Do you know if this would work as well with acrylic paints instead of oils?

  3. Jo Says:

    Do you do the stretching on your giclees or do you have someone else do it? Loved seeing the changes on this one. Well, I just love my daily art lesson every day!
    Thanks for positng.

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