Beautifully printed, custom-built frames, professionally stretched — our Giclée Canvas Prints last a lifetime
We use Breathing Color LYVE canvas, their award-winning, OBA free, truly archival, museum-grade canvas with incredible dMax and sharp detail — in a class of it's own. The natural texture of our canvas produces prints that are often hard to tell from an art original, and because they are not behind glass, offer stunning, rich-colour views from any angle.
The inks used in our Epson printer are 200 year lightfast for colour and 400 years for black & white prints, as certified by the Wilhelm Institute.
Before framing, we carefully coat all of our canvas prints with Breathing Color Timeless Coatings, which are certified 100+ year archival by the Fine Art Trade Guild. They pair beautifully with Breathing Color LYVE canvas and are available in High Gloss, Satin (most popular) and True Matte finishes. UV protection is built right in. Coating is critical for long-lasting, vibrant art, so it is included in our pricing. Beware of Giclée canvas printers who don't coat their canvases.
Our stretcher bars are locally sourced from sustainable, Vancouver Island Douglas Fir and Hemlock, kiln-dried and milled to our specifications, just 15 minutes from our location. We custom cut stretcher bars for each print, building them into light, strong, well-braced (corner bracing and cross bracing as required) frames of any size from 8x8" to 54" by almost any length. We've done a huge 25 foot long canvas, and many between 8 to 14 feet wide!
Our stretcher bars come in two thicknesses. 3/4" thick bars provide a lower profile of the canvas print on the wall. They are commonly used for smaller canvas prints. 1.5" thick bars are the choice for most of the canvas prints we frame. They offer a deeper profile on the wall and can be combined with a float frame. Custom depths are available by mill order. We stock a small quantity of 1.75" deep bars, and we can get deeper yet.
Canvas prints are a wonderful wall art option because they can look beautifully tailored without an external frame. We offer a wide variety of side treatments (how the sides wrapped around the stretcher look) to create the finished look of your desire. We have listed some of the most popular side treatments below.
After each wood frame is assembled, our canvas prints are professionally stretched with meticulous care and arrive at their destination ready to hang.
Canvas Print Ordering Options:
1. Canvas Support Method
You choose 3/4' or 1 1/2" stretchers.
2. Canvas Side Treatment
You choose the type of side treatment you want. Some of the most popular are:
Image Wrap Sides - We wrap part of the image around the stretcher bar. This option requires enough "non-critical" parts of the image around the edges, which will be wrapped around the frame.
Solid Colour Sides - We can add a solid colour to finish the sides, in black, gray, white, or any colour that matches the image's colour palette.
Mirror Wrap Sides - The outer part of the image along the edges is duplicated and reversed on the sides.
Dupe/Blur Sides - The outer part of the image is duplicated and extended beyond the image and then blurred so it does not have distracting definition, but matches the print's colours.
Black Tape Sides - Sometimes called Museum Wrap, we apply black cloth tape to the sides after framing.
3. Canvas Coating
You choose the type of archival coating you want applied to your canvas print.