There are a few different types of canvas prints available on the market at the moment. These range in style and finish but most are not usable indoors and outdoors. The most popular way to print images onto canvases is to use the Giclee method. This involves printing the image on a large format printer and printing it directly to the canvas. The canvas is then sealed with a varnish or laminate and finally stretched over a frame. Frames are typlically pine and range from approx 1-2 inches deep. These frames are not waterproof and will warp when left outside or in areas such as bathrooms or kitchens.
Giclee canvases tend to crack around the edges. This is because the ink that is printed onto the canvas is not printed into the weave of the canvas. The inks are simply sat on top of the canvas. This is why a laminate or varnish is needed to seal the whole thing togethor. Most giclees are also printed onto a canvas type product or a polyester mixed with canvas.
Four Blank Walls uses a different method to create all of their original art. They use a technique called Dye Sublimation. This method involves both a large format printer, real woven canvas and as heated roller.
The first process is to print the image onto a special photographic transfer paper. The canvas is then cut to size. The printed image is laid onto the canvas and put through the heated roller. The image is then heated up to 300 degrees and the inks sink into the weave of the canvas effectively dyeing the weave of the canvas with the pattern or image.
The end result is one that is more vibrant than conventional canvas prints and requires no varnish or laminate. Because the ink sinks into the weave of the canvas, this can be washed or left in an outdoor area with reduced risk of fading or cracking.
Another product that Four Blank Walls specializes in is Perspex art or Acrylic Prints. These are the latest product to come from the art market and can also be used in both outdoor and indoor areas.
Four Blank Walls uses a solvent based large format printer to print the image onto a special photographic vinyl. This is then sealed to the reverse of the perspex / acrylic and put through a heated roller. Then, a white backing is added to give the final photographic print finish. The end result is simply stunning. With 10mm of acrylic in front of the print, the images appear more vibrant and add more depth.
Perspex art / Acrylic Prints are suspended from the wall with the use of four stainless steel fittings that go through the perspex into the wall. Screws are hidden within the fittings. This allows light to get behind the image and further enhance the images.
All of the products at Four Blank Walls are available online or via the gallery for both retail and trade. Four Blank Walls offer a free design service on all artwork and are happy to source images for you at no extra cost.
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Four Blank Walls provides a wide range of modern canvas prints, perspex prints and paintings for sale online to both retail and trade customers.