Gallery Wrap Canvas

December 6, 2007 by  
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What frame, if any, do I use on a 'gallery wrap canvas'?

If I understand you right, your canvas is already stretched. You have three main options: If you are the artist, continue the painting around the edge (much easier than it sound as turning a corner gives you leeway in color, value and detail), This will give it more of an object like quality rather than a 2-D window to another world. Or frame it with a metal or wooden frame that is pre-cut for that thick of a canvas (usually labeled "extra deep" or "gallery wrap") OR make your own "float frame" (or have one made). They are beautiful. A float frame is basically one that surrounds the painting but a 1/4" gap of space exists between painting and frame on the front only. I like these because they give the painting breathing room. Start with wood, the dimension of frame you'd like. Get some "lathe" too usually in the molding section of Home Depot it is 1/4" by 1 and 1/2" (if your final frame is more shallow than this use screen molding about 1/4" by 5/8"). Spray paint the molding flat black first. When dry, glue and nail it to the wide inside of the ugly side of the wood (it will be hidden) and the back side of the curve upward if there is one. This will be the back side of the frame. Called "cupping the frame" --make all boards that even slightly curve, curve up in the middle to the front of the painting--that way if it warps the corners will still sit flat on the wall. Remember to add double the thickness of your glued pieces (one for each side) to the size of the canvas. for both height and width. Then cut your 45 degree miters after glue is dry. Glue, clamp and then nail or screw --remember to put nails or screws to the top and bottom of the painting so you won't see them when it is hung. Good luck

Photographers Print on Canvas For Greater Profit

Lots of photographers are turning towards canvas print photos nowadays. A photographer has to keep on finding new methods that are profitable for him and do not compromise on the quality of his work at the same time. With this aim in mind, several photographers are getting attracted towards canvas print photos.

The calculation behind this is uncomplicated. A photo canvas print earns more profits than photos on art paper, which is why it is preferred by photographers. That implies that photographers have greater returns per print, which results in a higher turnover. This is because it is inexpensive to create a stretched museum quality art print than a framed photo print with glass and mate.

Almost all the photographers are well aware of the rich advantages of a canvas print, but they lack the expertise to produce high quality artwork. They know the fact that frame shops provide this service, but at exorbitant costs.

However, there are a lot of photographers who have the information on where to hunt for less expensive frames, glass and mate. They have the skill to create a great canvas artwork by bringing together all these materials. It is an added advantage if the photographer is proficient in stretching canvas, since he can exploit this medium to the fullest to increase his profit margins.

Another option for the photographer to make money is a "gallery wrapped" canvas print, which is basically, a print without frame and hung on a wall. There is an internal frame and the canvas is wrapped around it to give a brilliant 3D effect. This is very pleasing to the eyes and has a professional touch to it. Moreover, it saves the artist from spending money on a good frame and maintains a reasonable price for the gallery wrapped print. He doesn't have to waste time in framing the canvas either.

While creating stretched canvas print, some more things that need to be taken care of are the materials which the photographer uses. They play a vital role in earning you profits. Let us have a look at some of these.

1. Canvas:

The Canvas must have excellent imaging characteristics. Photographers must choose mate canvas over gloss or semi-gloss canvas, as it is considered to be finer. For a superb canvas print, ensure that the canvas does not develop cracks on its border.

2. Sealer:

As the name suggests, a sealer is used to seal the surface of the canvas. This makes it malleable for stretching and also saves the canvas from cracking.

3. Stretcher Bars:

You should be careful while using the stretcher bar, as it may create a ghosting effect if the canvas is pressed against this bar. A noticeable line is formed on the printed side due to this effect. The best wood to use for this bar is the Cedar wood, as it will result in a good canvas print.

Photographers who wish to generate higher margins with canvas print need not get tensed if they do not know the procedure. There are many photo galleries which have come up that train the photographers with real life demonstrations on each step of the process. Take advantage of this opportunity and take your business to new heights by switching to a profitable canvas print!

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Author Hugh Parker Picture Photos on Canvas is a blog about photos printed on canvas and everything that relates including general photography and photo shop tips so if you want the scoop on the buzz visit us by clicking
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