A History Of Prints On Canvas

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Canvas prints are mass produced reprints of an original artwork that are stretched and wrapped just like original paintings They make beautiful and inexpensive decorations. Online services offer the ability to change a snapshot into a clone of a classic gallery painting using giclee printing on real canvas. A semi gloss finish is applied. Monograms, titles or captions can be added to personalize your artwork.


Canvas prints are a part of the colorful history of art. Canvas is a sturdy woven fabric which made it a preferred medium for artists. Canvas became the most common material used for artistic illustrations after wood.Various pigments have been used to produce the original art work. Oil and acrylic paints are commonly used today. Modern printing devices can print directly onto the canvas making the process much less time consuming and much more cost effective.  Originally, using technology to print directly onto canvas was hindered by the unique texture of canvas, but that modern machinery has solved that problem and the result is a print looks and feels  like the original painting.


The canvas used for  prints may have different materials than actual paintings. Linen is the main fabric used by artists since it is very durable and can handle a lot of use. The unique texture of linen is also responsible for the classic look of the original painting. Another material commonly used in canvas material is cotton. Cotton is cheaper than linen but it is less durable. Cotton can be prone to damage from temperature, humidity, and microbes. These disadvantages are negated by the reduced cost of the canvas printing process.


A process called "Repligraph" is one of the means of making Canvas prints. This technique puts dye directly onto the canvas using negatives to replicate the original. Several polymer films are infused with the colors cyan, magenta and yellow and the films are fused onto the canvas to create the print. It should be noted  that the negatives can not be changed by computer software. As long as the intent is to   faithfully replicate oil paintings, the technique works well since the dyes that it are used  are also oil-based. These dyes are reputed to last for one hundred years.


To immortalize your pictures or artworks by making multiple prints, first use graphics editing software to convert your artwork from the RGB format to the CMYK format which the printers will use. This will help to maintain the true colors of the original art work.


The right framing can add to the appeal of a print and sometimes even fool the casual viewer into believing that the work is an original.