FAQ on Canvas Prints

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON CANVAS

Do canvas prints fade?

Let us look at the factors that can harm your prints and how you can avoid them and make your canvas prints last for many years.  Note:  Fade-resistant inks are created to last - when the image has been printed on the canvas it is then sprayed with a protective varnish in either a matte or glossy finish.  This varnish adds a secondary layer of protection against UV light and everyday particles. Laminated canvas prints provide the maximum UV protection and is scratch-resistant.  You will still want to keep all canvas prints out of direct sunlight.

  • External Causes:  Exposure to light, mainly sunlight.  Because sunlight contains harmful UV rays, it will cause discoloration. When and where possible, keep your canvas prints away from direct sunlight. Although it is almost impossible to block all UV rays since some level will most likely be present in all the rooms in your home, it will have a less negative effect than direct sunlight.  Another factor that can damage your canvas print is humidity.  With Cotton based papers, humidity can seep in over time which can cause the canvas print to warp or lose its tautness.  Humidity can also lead to discolorations.  Temperature is also a factor – very cold conditions can restrain a prints’ ability to breathe which causes the paper to become more brittle and less flexible.  Heat can cause warping, especially with high levels of humidity.
  • Internal Aspects:  Internal conditions are going to be the result of the canvas and inks.  When products are not archival in nature, they do have the potential to have harmful ingredients.  Archival grade inks and canvases will not see the effects of time at the same rate as products that are not archival.  Archival grade materials can better withstand some of the external conditions, especially light.  The inks will have UV inhibitors and the papers will not have bleaching agents or use more advance bleaching agents to keep the surface from yellowing.

What are Giclee Canvas prints? (Pronounced “zhee-clays”)

Prints that are done on Giclee canvas are the most accurate art reproductions in the world; they look like real paintings.   Giclee canvas prints last a very long time without colour variation - Giclee prints are made with archival pigmented inks that can last up to 200 years!  A Giclee canvas is the most favoured medium for canvas printing and offers a very accurate print and looks just like the original artwork.  Giclee canvas prints are more expensive than traditional prints, but the value for money is worth it as these last long and looks like real paintings with the extremely accurate printing technique. 

Are there different types of Canvas?

Canvas is basically fabric that has been treated to handle high-quality pigmented inks.  Canvas is archival, which means that it is acid-free and will help retain the vibrance of the printed image for a lifetime.  Because of the natural canvas texture that comes through the image, the prints will closely resemble an original painting. 

There are two main types of Canvas:  Cotton and Polyester. The main difference between the two is the exactness of the colour and the long-term value. Colour seeps into cloth made with cotton fibres while it remains on the surface of synthetic polyester strands. 

Cotton:  Cotton prints are made with cotton fibres and are more durable than polyester canvas, lasting longer.  Cotton prints also give pictures a museum-like quality, holding their value over time.

Polyester:  Polyester canvases are made from plastic fibre strands.  The polyester canvases have the texture of the cotton canvas but is not actually canvas at all.  Because the ink sits on top of the polyester canvas rather than penetrating it, the work is open to cracking and stretching in the future.  Polyester prints have vivid and vibrant colours but does not hold up as well in the long term as cotton canvases do.

Which is better, Cotton or Polyester?  This depends entirely on what you are looking for.  Many consider cotton prints higher quality and closer to what you would find in a museum.  But polyester is the most affordable option, and it also yields bold and colourful prints.

Can I use Adhesive Strips to hang my canvas prints?

Using adhesive strips are the easiest of all methods used to hang prints on your wall.  Most adhesive hanging products are made to avoid any type of damage to walls.  Adhesive strip products will state weight capacity, so check the weight of you canvas before you start.  You will need four or more adhesive strips for each corner of your canvas.  Before you hang your canvas clean the wall with a damp cloth.  Know the measurements of your canvas, take measurements of where you would like the canvas to be displayed and measure your desired distance from the ceiling, floor and side objects.  You can use a level to ensure that your canvas is straight:

  • Measure and mark with a pencil to help place your canvas
  • Place the adhesive strips on each corner of the wood frame (if needed, add more between each corner)
  • Press the canvas to the wall in alignment with your markings.

 

What is SupaWood?

SupaWood is an inexpensive alternative to wood for making furniture and décor accessories.  Timber is chipped, washed, softened and then reduced to fibre and is then coated with a quality grade resin.  Once the fibre has been dried, it is formed into a mat and passed through a belt.  Heat and pressure are applied by steel belts bonding the boards together, panels are then cut and sanded and that is how SupaWood is made!  With its great adaptability, SupaWood is one of the most popular materials as it offers versatility with countless uses – doors, furniture, framing pictures and décor.  The boards can also be cut in any direction. You can apply many different types of finishes to the surface – lamination, foiling, printing and veneering.

 

 

How do I stretch my own canvas

If you click on this link, you will see our easy "how to guide" on how to stretch your own canvas.

How do I clean and maintain my Canvas

Every Giclée we produce is coated with a UV protectant. This also protects the inks from water damage as well. You should dust your artwork regulary with a dry feather duster, but if you need to clean better than a dusting, you can use a damp cloth.