What is a canvas transfer anyway?
A canvas transfer starts as a print or poster image that is then transferred and fixed to a canvas surface. The result is a piece of printed art that has the appearance of an original canvas painting without the higher cost usually associated with original artwork. This detailed process also preserves and protects the image. In the final stages, the canvas is then stretched and fit onto a custom-cut wooden frame.
Here’s how it works:
First, the print is coated, via spray or brush with a special acrylic that seizes the ink. After drying the resulting ink film is embedded into a high quality artist’s canvas. Rigid standards and meticulous attention to detail maximize ink retention, paper removal, and bonding.
Then, the picture has an image true to the original painting with a lustrous oil sheen and rich canvas texture. This is known as a basic transfer.
Finally, artists can hand apply acrylic in the pattern of the original piece which create original brush stroke texture. This adds texture and realism to the canvas transfer, and is particularly effective for images of paintings in styles using heavy coats of paint, such as impressionism or many modern abstracts. The result is artwork that captures the very soul of the original painting.
Sometimes called, “Standard Wrap” - a normal method for small to mid size prints. The canvas is stretched and secured by staples on the sides of the print. Canvas stretches so a slight amount of print "bleed" may wrap over the sides.
A gallery-wrap canvas is a canvas that doesn’t have any visible staples or nails holding the fabric to the wooden stretcher. Part of the image wraps around the sides creating a look that appears “finished” just as it is.