Canvas has been a long time, even centuries, a friend of artists alike to display their content. Modernization has helped build environment and production friendly materials, as well as the printing techniques used, have developed well over time. Today you can print photos clicked by cameras on a canvas to decorate your homes. Though they might not be the perfect blend of materials for a particular photo, it surely is not the last of all the preferred artwork to display photos on your wall. Today we talk a little about Canvas and its good and bad things.
It was typically made of hemp and cotton and then stretched across a wooden frame to provide that texture to the painting/photo, highlighting the details of the art. Modern canvas is also being developed as paper in mass production factories, better known as Canvas paper. They are still the best way to display your photographs as they cheaper and easy to print with inkjet printers, but carry a shorter life. Similarly, there are Polyester canvas which is cheaper synthetic alternatives. The ink tends to stay on top of the canvas rather than permeating the canvas.
Resolution of Images printed
The resolution of the images being printed on the canvas is highly important as it will dictate the quality of canvas hanging in your living room. Resolution is generally measured in dots per inch (DPI) and is a representation of a number of dots that can be printed within a linear inch of canvas material. Photos with a high DPI, typically above 1440 DPI will ensure you don’t see white spots or noise on the printed canvas.
Framing of Canvas Prints
- Gallery Wrapping: A most commonly used method of framing a canvas print. The canvas is stretched over a simple wooden frame known as a stretcher frame, and then stapled or glued down at the back. This allows you to hang your canvas straight away
- Other Frames: You may wish to have your photo canvas print displayed in a different frame, such as a wooden mount. Some sellers may provide this service, or you could take your canvas print to a specialist shop
- Varnish: Some sellers will finish your print by adding a coat of special varnish. This will offer your print increased UV resistance, as well as protecting your canvas from damp and mould. You will also be able to clean your print more effectively without risk of damage
- Ready for Hanging: Your print may or may not be delivered to you with canvas wall hangers attached. If you are unsure you should contact the seller to ask
Some sellers may not specify whether your print will come gallery-wrapped or as a rolled canvas. You should contact your seller if you are unsure. If you would prefer to frame your canvas yourself, you may wish to request a rolled canvas. If so, don’t forget to buy stretcher bars as well.
Caring for your Canvas
- Location: Your picture should be hung away from direct sunlight to prevent fading. You should also position your canvas away from direct sources of heat, such as above radiators and fireplaces
- Try to keep your canvas dry. Damp conditions will course the canvas to absorb moisture, causing distortion
- Cleaning: You should clean your canvas as often as other household furniture. Gentle dusting with a dry, lint-free cloth is advised. If your canvas is varnished, a slightly damp cloth may also be used
- Storage: if you wish to store your canvas print, you should keep it in a dry, protected environment. It is recommended that you keep your canvas upright and do not place heavy objects on top of it
With adequate care for the canvas, you would be able to treasure your memories for years to come and allow your wall to proudly carry a canvas built by you with love!