How we create your canvas print

Inks and printing process

The printing process we utilise is a technologically advanced 12 Colour HP Vivera pigment based system. This has a guaranteed colour fastness (according to HP's website) of 200 years. The 12 colour process results in a truly amazing colour reproduction and fabulous neutral black and white prints.

Canvas

We use a 300gsm 100% cotton canvas which offers a consistent bright white surface with minimum loss of detail. Images printed on this media have a warm and pleasing quality.

Coatings

These are automatically applied to all mounted prints unless we are instructed otherwise at the time of ordering. We will normally always apply matt. The coating allows further protection for your prints and allows them to be lightly wiped down without fear of damaging the image. We use the 'Glamour II' coating for all prints, which is a museum grade giclée veneer from BreathingColor in the USA.

Frames

We use finest quality stretcher bars We use museum quality artists stretcher bars which are made of the finest quality kiln dried fir wood. Fir wood has the advantage of being very light, yet extremely hard wearing and not susceptible to warping like standard pine or other softwoods are prone to do. Each bar features a rounded back edge which is designed to ensure that the canvas is always kept a full 1/2" (13mm) above the stretcher bar to ensure that there can be no ghost impressions on the canvas. These stretcher bars also incorporate "wedges" which are placed in each corner and allow the canvas to be stretched extremely tightly over the frame. It also allows the canvas to be restretched over time, which can be of particular importance for the larger sizes we offer. We stock 1.5" (38mm) bars which are used on all but the smallest size of print for which we use 3/4" (18mm) bars for.

Gallery wrapping

Gallery wrapping is the process that the finished print goes through in order to mount it onto the frame. The canvas is gently stretched by hand on all four sides and wrapped around the edges. Each corner is then carefully folded and tucked in to ensure that there are no unsightly edges.
The canvas is wrapped around the edges
There are stretching wedges into all four corners Then, the canvas is fixed to the back of the frame all the way round and finished off neatly to hide all of the fixings. This ensures that the finished print is as good to look at from the back as it is from the front! Finally, we put stretching wedges into all four corners to ensure the canvas is a tight as possible on the frame.

Ready to hang

Your canvas print will arrive ready to hang on your wall with specially designed canvas hangers. Although our canvas prints are extremely easy to hang by simply resting the frames on two screws or nails, we include patented CWH hangers for canvas art with every print. The unique design incorporates a cut-out which allows the print to be hung on a standard 2 pin picture hook (also supplied). Using these hangers ensures that the finished print is "pulled" flush to the wall and results in a very secure fixing with minimum fuss.