What to Look For in Gallery Wrapped Canvas

 

I'm frequently asked "What is a Gallery Wrapped Canvas?"

Canvas has become quite a popular medium for individuals to display art and photographic images. For centuries canvas cloth has been one of the preferred substrates artists used to paint on -- extremely true for oils. Canvas cloth is available in a variety of surfaces, from smooth to very rough. The feel or thickness with the canvas determines the visual impact. As an example, art or photos shown on smooth canvas more bear much resemblance to a photograph. If the canvas is rougher in texture, the consequence is more like a painting.

Wrapping a canvas around a frame so that the image bends around the edges and disappears in the wall creates what is known as a Gallery Wrap. Gallery Wraps can be found in either 3/4" or 1- 1/2" thick frames. The thickness with the frame determines what lengths the image stands away from the wall, and also contributes to the stiffness with the display. A stiffer frame is less likely to warp with age, and so the thicker bars are the safer choice.

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The frame for that canvas is made from assembling 4 pieces of wood, called stretcher bars. Since stretcher bars can be purchased in various lengths in 2-inch increments, Gallery Wraps can be found in a huge array of sizes, from 8 x 10 inches approximately 40 inches wide and 60 inches high. Gallery Wrapped Canvas either can be hung on the wall with out a frame, or they can be framed.

When selecting an image for a Gallery-Wrap, remember that several inches of the image will wrap around the frame towards the back. To allow for this, don't zoom and crop your image as much as you would for a framed photo otherwise you may find that the top of heads end up getting chopped off. Most vendors supply tools which allow you so see how much of the image will be lost at each edge.

The canvas itself is printed using archival-quality inks in the high-resolution ink-jet printer. The surface of the canvas will then be sealed using whether liquid coating or even a thin transparent film. More care must be taken with a liquid coating to ensure a uniform surface and to prevent cracking in which the canvas is bent around the frame. Both sealing techniques shield you against harmful Ultra violet rays, but in spite of this, fine canvas shouldn't be mounted in direct sunlight. Canvas is a very durable type of art or photographic display that ought to resist fading or deterioration and provide a lifetime of distortion-free viewing.

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Stretching the canvas is a critical step in ensuring the quality of the finished product. Based on the manufacturer, the canvas is either hand-stretched on the stretcher bars, or a machine is used to stretch the canvas while a technician staples the canvas towards the back of the stretcher bars. The effect of a properly-stretched canvas is a firm surface with a drum-like sound if tapped along with your fingernail.

The surface texture with the canvas creates a graphic with more richness and depth than a standard photograph, often resembling an oil painting. A Gallery-Wrapped canvas has an elegant and enduring personal decor accessory for your home or office.