Glossary of Terms

This is, hopefully, a helpful explanation of the terms used on this website which are common to the trades/crafts/genré to which they apply, but may be less familiar to the casual reader.


*1  Giclée  (pronounced zhee-clay) ~ a French word meaning ‘to spurt’; and applied to the modern technique of inkjet printing onto canvas, to reproduce a piece of original artwork as a high quality print.

*2  PVA ~ polyvinyl adhesive.  A commonly used, low cost, general purpose wood adhesive, which is best confined to indoor use.

*3  Limited Edition ~ often abbreviated to LE, and referring to a specified number of prints of an original artwork, which raises the value of the print subject to the limitation on the number that may be printed.
Conversely, an Open Edition (OE) print has no limit to the number of prints which can be produced from the original and, subject to the standing of the artist, may well be of significantly less value than an LE print.  There is not necessarily any difference in the quality of the print, the distinction merely means that an OE print is likely to be owned by many more people than an LE print.

*4  Flumb ~ A flumb is an hitherto unseen piece of foreign matter
(it could be, quite literally, anything at all)
A tiny hair.  A speck of dust. A minute piece of mount-board core.
But it will have mysteriously appeared between the glass, and the artwork, or mount, only to be spotted when everything is all complete.  The framing is finished.  The back of the frame taped with the greatest possible care.  The hanging cord attached, and possibly even your framers reference label, applied to the backboard of the framing.
And it sits there, and it grins at you.
Because it knows that you are going to have to undo all of your carefully carried out work of assembling the framing, just to remove it.  And it also knows that when you’ve undone everything to the point where you are able to remove it, you possibly will no longer be able to see it, because it will have moved during the dis-assembly process.  But you dare not take the chance of re-assembly, in the hope that it has fallen out of its own accord, because if you do, you know what’s going to happen.  Don’t you ?  :twisted: :oops:
Evil things:  Flumbs.

*5  Heartwood ~ Heartwood is that section of a tree which provides the strength, or skeletal core of the tree.  Regardless of whether the tree is a hardwood or a softwood.
It is distinct from the sapwood, which is lighter in colour and consists of fibres whose primary purpose is to transfer sap and moisture.
Heartwood is usually distinctive in that it is much more dense, and is almost always a darker colour than the sapwood.