As an artist, there's nothing more frustrating than spending hours painting only to have the finished product be damaged in transit. If you've ever had a rolled canvas print, you know the predicament: how do you keep it from getting creased or, worse, ruined? Lucky for you, we've got a few tips on framing your rolled canvas print like a pro! So could you read on for our easy guide?
What Is a Rolled Canvas Print and Why Should I Care?
A rolled canvas print is a canvas that's been printed and then rolled up for easy shipping. They're popular because they're cheaper to ship than framed canvases, but the downside is that they can be a bit more challenging to frame. The good news is that with a little bit of know-how, you can frame your rolled canvas print like a champ!
How to Frame a Rolled Canvas Print
The first step is to find a frame that's the right size for your artist canvas. Please measure the width and height of your canvas before you shop for frames, as rolled canvases can sometimes be a bit larger than their finished counterparts. Once you have your structure, it's time to get started!
Start by unrolling your canvas and laying it flat on a table or other flat surface. If it's been rolled-up for a while, you may need to heat it with a hairdryer to eliminate any wrinkles gently.
Next, take your frame and place it upside down on the back of the custom canvas. Make sure that the edges of the frame line up with the edges of the canvas, then trace around the outside of the frame with a pencil.
Cut along the lines you just traced to create a frame-sized piece of canvas. Be careful not to cut too close to the bar, as you'll need a bit of extra fabric to wrap around the back of the frame.
Now it's time to start wrapping! Begin by placing the fabric wrong-side down on a flat surface, then place the frame upside-down on top of it. Finally, wrap the fabric around the back of the frame, ensuring that the raw edges are covered.
Once the fabric is wrapped around the back of the frame, use a hot glue gun to secure it in place. Ensure that the glue is evenly distributed so that the fabric doesn't come loose.
Now that the fabric is secured, you can turn the frame right-side-up and admire your handiwork! You can also add a bit of embellishment to the front of the frame before you hang it up.
And that's it! You can frame your rolled canvas print like a pro with these simple steps. Just remember to take your time and measure twice before you cut once, and you'll be sure to end up with a beautiful finished product.
Tips for Avoiding Damage to Your Print
While rolled canvas prints are a great way to save money on shipping, they can be more delicate than their framed counterparts. Here are a few tips to help you avoid damage to your print:
- Avoid hanging your print in direct sunlight, as this can cause the colours to fade over time.
- If you're not planning on framing your print right away, store it in a cool, dry place to prevent the fabric from warping or wrinkling.
- When you frame your print, make sure that the frame is secure and won't fall off the wall. A loose structure can cause the canvas to tear.
With these tips in mind, you're sure to end up with a beautiful, damage-free canvas print!
The Benefits of Framing Your Prints
Framing your canvas prints can be a great way to save money, as you won't have to pay for shipping or framing costs. It's also a great way to get creative, as you can choose your frame and fabric to complement your print. And, of course, it's satisfying to know that you did it all yourself!
Whether an amateur artist or a professional photographer, framing your prints is a great way to take your art to the next level, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and start framing!