Canvas

CANVAS PRINTING & STRETCHING

Turn your favorite photo or poster into a custom piece of art ! With our professional craft team, your favorite photo print or poster image can be transferred to a beautiful canvas presentation. You will get a piece of printed art that has the appearance of an original canvas painting without paying higher price that normally associated with original artwork.

A. Canvas Stretching

We stretch both existing and blank canvas. We also provide "L" shaped, shadow-box floater frames custom made to fit any canvas you have

Stretching Existing Artwork

You can send us your artwork, whether it's an artist's original piece or a printed reproduction, we will stretch it on our high quality stretchers and ship the finished product back to you. You can do either a gallery wrap or a normal stretched canvas (museum wrap).

The difference between a gallery wrap and a stretched canvas:

Many people get confused between a gallery wrap and a stretched canvas. Gallery-wrap is a modern style of displaying art over thick wooden bars. It is a stretched canvas that doesn't have any visible staples or nails holding the fabric to the wooden stretcher bars so the painting could be hung unframed. Stretched canvas, on the other hand, is something completely different. In order to have your painting framed, it first has to be stretched across stretcher bars. A stretched canvas differs from a gallery wrap. First, the stretcher bars are thinner, allowing the staples to show on the sides of the wood. Therefore, unlike the gallery-wrap, a stretched canvas is not a ready to hang piece of work.
Gallery-wrap is a very popular way to display art. However, because the edges of the canvas are wrapped over the thick bars, about two inches of the painting from each side are lost in the wrap, unless the canvas is prepared with enough extra canvas for wrapping. In order to minimize the effect of the area lost in the wrapping process, various photo editing techniques are often employed to fabricate additional image or material to be presented on the wrapped edges.

We offer two types of canvas presentation:

One is a regular stretch (museum wrap) where the white borders of the canvas are folded over and only the image is seen from the front. If there are no white borders (or they are not wide enough for stretcher bars), a gallery wrap is recommended so that no staples are visible. A gallery wrapped canvas is when the image flows onto the sides as well. This is a more complete look. Most people prefer to frame their stretched canvas as opposed to a gallery wrapped canvas. Others prefer stretched canvas because maximum image can be achieved for viewing.

If either of these methods does not suit your needs, or you are looking to do it yourself, you can order a painting unstretched and shipped to you. The printed canvas will be rolled up and shipped in a tube. Any professional framer will have no problem stretching and framing the unstretched canvas for you.

Normally, stretched canvas will be mounted with frame, making it look nice and strong.

Gallery Wrap 

Normal Stretched Canvas (Museum Wrap)

Stretching Blank Canvas

If you are an artist and don't want to stretch your artwork yourself, let us do the job for you. We will stretch the canvas to suit your needs in any sizes,  all you'll have to do is creating the best art!

B. Framed Canvas

SINGLE MOULDING

 

When a single moulding is used, consider that it may need to make up for everything that is not there. For example, mats and fillets would add to the color, scale, and texture of your design if the same art was on paper. The single moulding you choose can offset those missing elements if it has a contrasting lip, wider profile, and perhaps some texture or ornamentation.

LINER and Frame

 

Liners to canvases is what mats to paper prints. Both serve as a border that provides a breathing space or area of visual relief so the art itself can be the focus of the home decor, rather than the frame. Most liners today are fabric covered but the first liners were gilded. Simple flat gilded profiles are still used as the liner of choice inside of finished corner frames. 

STACKED MOULDING COMBINATION  

 

For hundreds of years, two or more mouldings have often been combined to create one frame. Combinations of mouldings can be used to add width, color, pattern, etc.

FLOAT FRAME

 

A float frame allows you to present the art without covering the edge like a standard frame. When used alone, a float provides the most minimal frame design. However, you can add other frames around the float to add scale and personality to your design.

A PLATFORM

By placing the canvas on top of a frame, you provide the finishing touch without covering any edges of the art.

FRAME ON A MAT IN A FRAME

 

We typically do not recommend using mats on canvas art, but this is an exception. This mat is linen so it will hold up to exposure. It is a solid piece without a window opening and it is glued to a foamboard backing so it won't buckle. This is a good technique to increase overall size due to the adjustability of the mat borders and it creates a fresh, unique look.

ADDITIONAL FRAME DESIGN IDEAS for CANVAS

As you can see from the picture above, at the 2011 Framing Fashion Show, one canvas print was cut in four pieces and framed as a group using liners and frames.

MORE TIPS

Art on canvas is rarely covered with glass or acrylic. Exceptions include canvases that are valuable, fragile or when hung in high risk environments where they might be touched, bumped, or subject to airborne pollutants such as smoke or grease.