Monday, September 18, 2017

5 Tips for Hanging Art

Hanging art can be tricky business. Thankfully, we’ve got a few tips that might be able to help you with your home decor endeavor.


Common framing and art sizes. 

1. Hang the Middle of Your Artwork at Eye Level


The most common home decor mistake is hanging artwork too high. A good rule of thumb is to hang the artwork so that the center of the piece is at eye level. This can vary from person to person, so we recommend making the middle of the piece is 57” off the ground. From there you can adjust as you see fit.




2. Size Your Artwork to Fit Your Space


The next most common error of home decor is not choosing the correct size art for your space. Whether you’re hanging a statement piece over a sofa or pairing two postcards in your hallway, here are some tips to keep in mind.

For large, blank walls above mantles or sofas, try looking at pieces in the range of 36” width and longer. The general rule of thumb is to make sure your art piece or collection is about 2/3rds to 3/4ths the length of the furniture it is hanging over. For breathing room, hover your art so that it is above 8” off the sofa or furniture.


An example of a large canvas proportionate to the couch below. 

For smaller spaces, size is less of an issue - but placement becomes important. If you are stacking two images, put the heavier one on top. This guides the eye to “trail down away”, rather than ending abruptly with chunky piece.

If the images are the same width but different orientations, stack portrait above landscape.




Remember that when you pair artwork together like this, together they act as one “piece”. Make sure the centre of the “piece” sits at eye level, to avoid losing the bottom piece completely out of vision.


3. Keep Your Collections along a Horizontal or Vertical Axis


Sometimes, you may have a lot of small pieces, rather than one large artwork. If you have many small prints (think 8x10, 5x7, 11x14s), then an asymmetrical collection or gallery wall may be what you’re looking for.

Asymmetrical collections and gallery walls are excellent layout options for eclectic groupings, but are at risk of looking haphazard and unorganized if one is not careful. To keep a sense of unity, make sure that your collection follows a horizontal and vertical axis.

While the edges of the frames don’t have to follow the axis perfectly, if you were to dissect your collection in half, both sides should appear balanced.  

When making collections, aim for some consistency between your pieces. Whether it’s by theme, mat color or frame choice, a consistent aesthetic will help keep your pieces looking unified and organized.


4. Pick an Anchor Line


If you like putting your pieces together in a group but don't want to risk a haphazard look, try picking an anchor line and lining up all your artworks within that line. This works best with prints that are all the same size, which you can make symmetrical groupings out of. 



Common lower lines are excellent anchors. Most interior designers will put them on a shelf, which also eliminates the hassle of hanging them from the wall.
This is the most common anchor line. Although the composition is unbalanced (simply to show size differences between common frame sizes), it still looks clean, organized and structured. 




Upper lines are usually not recommended, as often this results in the artwork being hung too high. However, for large, singular pieces such as rugs, tapestries, or vertical canvases, this line will act as an invisible bar for them to hang from.


5. Plan It Out



An example from Jenna Burger

Hanging art is an art in of itself. Smoothing details like spacing and composition early in the game can save your framing from looking tilted, dizzy, or sloppy, and ultimately unify your gallery cohesively. Print out standard frame sizes (such as 8x10s, 11x14s, 24x36s) on paper (or measure them out on newspapers or poster paper), and tape them up on your wall in different configurations. Once you like your set-up, then decide which art piece should be framed and matted accordingly.

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Ready to start matting and framing? CanadaOnCanvas has a huge selection of beautiful frame mouldings, which we handcut in custom sizes to fit whatever size you need! We also do matting and fine-art printing. If you're uncertain about hanging your art, we also print art on Adhesive Fabric - perfect for sticking, peeling off and rearranging. Call us today at 1-888-533-6278!

Monday, September 11, 2017

5 Tips for Caring for Your Canvas

There's no better feeling than unboxing a beautiful piece of art and hanging it just so on the wall. But now that you have this fantastic piece of valuable canvas art, how to maintain it? We have 5 tips below for caring for your canvas print.


1. Keep It Out of the Sun


All of our canvases are sprayed with a special UV resistant coating that sets the ink within the canvas. However, it is still best to keep it out of direct sunlight and fluorescent lighting, as continued exposure can degrade through the coating over time.

2. Clean with a soft, microfibre cloth, or feather duster. 


No force is necessary; just gently wipe to dust, or dampen the cloth with a little water if need be. Make sure not to press as you skim over the center, as this is where the canvas is most vulnerable. Do not use any chemicals when cleaning, as this can react with the UV coating and damage it. Dusting daily is also recommended, as it helps prevent dust buildup that may eventually be harder to clean.

3. Keep It Out of Hot and Wet Environments


Humidity, heat and air pollutants can damage the canvas and inks. To avoid this, keep your canvas out of kitchens, bathrooms, or heat sources such as air vents, air conditioners, and radiators. For bathroom and kitchen decorating, we recommend framed fine art prints, which are protected by plexiglass. In general, keep such artwork out of heat, sunlight and moisture as much as possible.

4. Hold Onto the Sides When Moving


Sometimes canvases have to be moved, and in which case we always recommend holding the print by the wooden stretcher frames inside. Do not lean anything against either the front or the back of the canvas, as it can stretch the fabric, create a dent, or worse, tear it.


5. Spray Behind the Dents


In the event that dents are unavoidable, there is a simple solution to minimizing it. Simply spray the back of the canvas with a bit of water where the dent is, and leave it overnight to 24 hours. By then, the moisture should help reset the fibers and sooth out the dent.


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CanadaOnCanvas is a printing, framing, fine arts and reproduction company. Our speciality is canvas printing, both for personal home décor as well as fine art reproduction uses. All our canvases are printed with archival inks and hand stretched over pinewood stretcher frames built by hand, finished off with black or white linen tape on the back. Best of all, we do nearly any size to fit your space! Call us today!

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8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labour Day Canada!

 

 

From all of at KeenArt Media, Happy Labour Day!

 
 
 
Please note that we will be closed today. We will reopen our regular hours tomorrow, at 8:30am. Thank you!
 

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www.CanadaOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Motivational Mondays! - Great for Plaque Mounting


As summer windows down and September looms around the corner, everyone's getting ready for back to school, college, and regular work life. Motivational posters are all the rage these days, so we picked a few of our favorites to help ease your transition back into routine.









Motivational posters and graphics are one of the best ways to give yourself a little pep during a slump. They can be encouraging and optimistic, or simply put things in perspective.


Usually motivational posters are placed in frames, but that's not the only way to do it. They've been printed on canvases too, but by far plaque mounting is the way to go. Mounting posters on these mdf boards with svelte beveled edges add both ceremonial heft as well as a sense of authenticity to the posters. The matte laminate finish also enriches the colors of the graphics deeper, saturating them, making the words come alive in a whole new way. Plaque mountings also work great for goal reminders, company manifests and philosophies.



Our plaque mounts come in many different colors and edge depths.



Have your own motivational poster you'd like to get printed or plaque mounted? Upload your photo today or give us a call!

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KeenArt Media specializes in customized canvas and fine art printing and reproduction. We also offer services in dry mounting, plaque mounting, and plexi-face mounting. We also do custom cut boards in various materials, such as foamcore, plexi, aluminum and matboard. Check out our website or contact us for details for custom orders such as today's feature.

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday
info@keenartmedia.com

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Frame Feature: GA287 Gold Precious Metal Foil Frame

For today's Frame Feature, we wanted to showcase one of our top sellers! This thick gold Precious Metals foil frame is one of our biggest hits. Its flat, slim profile gives it a very streamlined, modern look, while the high shine gives it a little flash of glamour. A brushed finish reveals subtle lines and faint blank spattering to give it a little bit of an antiqued, or slightly weathered look.

We highly recommend the 1"-width frame with smaller 8x10 or 11x14-ish pieces. They pair excellently with motivational posters and small watercolors with lots of matting. Avoid going too big with this frame, or pairing it with a very busy image. 

If you wish go  bigger, then we recommend the larger ones from the set. However, the same recommendation applies: try to pair it with something with a lot of white space, and not too busy. The silver one will look especially stunning on a plain, mostly dark background.

Take a look below:




As usual, we can make them in custom-sizes to fit any wall space or mantle, around any original piece of work. Add a sheet of mirror from the hardware store and you've got yourself a stunning hallway mirror with a touch of old Versailles! Give a call or email today, and stay tuned for our next Frame Feature video!

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KeenART Media Ltd. www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Photographing Artwork Vs Flatbed Scanning for Print Reproduction


When it comes to making prints, there are two popular ways of capturing the original painting. One method is by camera photography, and the other is by scanning. Today we will be discussing how each method is implemented, as well as outlining its strengths and weaknesses.



Photographing Your Artwork


This method is by far the most common and most cost effective. Depending on the amount of resources you have available, photographing your artwork can be done with your cellphone camera, or with a high-end DSLR. Of course, each method will result in different levels of quality.

The first thing you need to know is photographing your artwork requires a specific environment. In order to capture the best color accuracy, your painting needs to be set up in just the right kind of lighting for the camera. You will need the following:
  • Easel - for holding your artwork upright and square to the camera
  • Camera - whether it is with your iPhone or DSLR. Make sure it has a resolution of at least 14 megapixels.
  • Tripod - to make your camera level, square, and aligned with your artwork, and to eliminate shake or vibration
  • Good lighting - in overcast outdoors, or a room filled with natural light, or with a light kit that consists of light stands, strobe heads, soft boxes or umbrellas (that cost roughly $600 - $1000 on Amazon)
Woman Snapping Photo of Art with Smartphone
It's no surprise that snapping your artwork with an iPhone would be a popular choice. They are portable, intuitive and convenient, and great for snapping quick shots to upload to your social media channels.  Especially with the quality of camera built in these days, along with their color-editing apps, phone cameras are able to capture a surprising amount of visual detail and color.
However, it does come with its own limitations. The first is the low level of control and consistency. Phone cameras do not have a manual setting in which your viewfinder can be adjusted. Rather, it will automatically focus on what it thinks is best, which may not capture your artwork accurately. Phone cameras are harder to align parallel to your artwork, which may also result in warping proportions and scale.
For these reasons, we would only recommend photographing with your phone camera for personal projects in which identification and sentiment are more important than color or scale accuracy- for example, snapping old photos from a picture album for a collage, printing images for a diy birthday card,or a canvas print of your favourite trip for your home décor.

 

Photographing With a Digital SLR Camera


Armed with more manual and powerful settings, a DSLR camera is another popular way of capturing artwork for print reproduction. To do this, artists or photographers usually have a room dedicated for capturing original paintings.

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Digital SLR cameras allow you to capture and output images at higher resolution and clarity. They are also excellent for taking photos of artworks that are potentially still wet, like oil paintings or oil pastels.
Example of Photograph vs Scan by Sam Flegal. Example sourced from artistjourney.wordpress.com

 

However, they are also at risk to issues such as lens distortion and uneven lighting. Uneven lighting can cast shadows, influence colors and pick up highlights, all of which would be difficult to edit out. Lens distortions occur when the angle of the camera results in parts of the image becoming farther away and other parts becoming closer. This means certain parts of the image will appear larger than others.
As aforementioned, uneven lighting can be solved with an environment full of natural, uniform light. To keep glares and highlights at a minimum, photograph the piece before glazing the artwork. While an easel and tripod can help with lens distortion, the best way to minimize it is to take a picture of the artwork from above. This ensures that the camera is positioned in the very centre of the image, and the space around the image allows for any corner distortion. Using the zoom function will help as well.

Scanning Your Artwork


Because all of the previous methods are at mercy to so many outside factors, eliminating as many of them would be the best course of action. This is where scanning comes in.


Our Epson 11000XL Scanner, flatbed, with optical

resolution of 2400 dpi

Scanning allows for high resolution, without any lens distortion. Scanners also come in many shapes and sizes, allowing for a large artwork size. When a painting is scanned, all the raw colors are captured as is without any other influencing factors, such as shadow or lighting. This allows yourself or the production tech more control to tweak and edit the colors accordingly. The result is a digital file that is 80%-90% close to the original.

The result of a good color match.
Left: Original; Right: Print
Scanners can be flatbed, rolling or overhead. When placing your order, make sure you know which one you need. Flatbed scanners mean your artwork is placed against the glass, which may not work for paintings that are on slightly warped surfaces, or are wet, such as oil paintings. Rolling scanners can scan large flat artworks, but the pressure of the rollers can damage the paint. Overheads like the Cruse scanners are best.

When it comes to making prints, the reproduction should look as similar to the original as possible. Our scanning services output a high resolution file that has been color-corrected and test-printed for the highest accuracy. Check out our scanning price calculator here. We offer scanning in both 300 dpi and 600 dpi.

Once a high-resolution file has been created, you can use the same file to print your reproduction, such as on canvasfine art paper, or metal. You can also tweak the file and save a copy of it for your social media or website.

If you are interested in art scanning please visit our website for more information. If you already have your artwork digitized and need to make high quality fine art reproductions visit CanadaOnCanvas.com for fine art prints or canvas prints

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

StockPhotoSet - Sweet Summer Batch #3

As summer continues to roll, I bet you've got some loads of pictures on your camera from your travels! But what to do with those awesome photos?


Print it on Canvas!

Printing on canvas is one of the best ways to commemorate a photo! Its deeply pigmented inks bring warmth and lustre to photographs, and the UV coating protects the colors from fading (and keeps it easy to dust). It's lightweight and transportable. Best of all, the canvas's woven texture hides imperfections that can be captured by phone cameras on the go - so those Samsung photos can be blown up bigger than you think!

Print on Paper + Frame 

This is a more traditional route to go - but why not print out all your favorite polaroids and string them from a frame with flair? 

And if you prefer to keep the photographs protected, shielding them with plexi will keep the memories safely intact for years to come.

Plaque-Mount It

What exactly is plaque-mounting? Well, plaque-mounting is the process of printing your file onto paper, mounting it on wood, and then sealing it with a lush, satin-matte laminate. The result is super vibrant colors and the image sealed and protected, without the heaviness of a plexiglass or frame. With so many different choices for edges, your photo can stand alone as an art piece in of itself!

You can also plaque mount other paper-goods, not just images. Why not plaque-mount a map from where you've been, and mark it as you go? The matte-laminate makes writing and scrawling memories and notes a breeze.

We'll stop it at these three choices for today! In the meantime, here are some new hi-res photos to inspire you:







To download, simply click on the Dropbox link below:



Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find for our next Stock Photo Set!


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www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
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