Speedy Canvas Wraps Are on a Roll with GOframe

You can stretch professional-level canvas wraps faster than all get out with the GOframe PRO system, available at LexJet. In the video above, we take you step-by-step through the process, which takes just minutes, unlike traditional canvas wrap procedures.

You’ll need:

  • GOframe Starter Kit: Includes 4 Reusable Corner Clamps, Archival Glue and an Edge Trimmer
  • Stretcher Bars: Shown here are 16” x 20” GOframe PRO stretcher bars that come with tensioners and U-shaped fasteners for the corners
  • Hammer, utility knife and straight edge

When you prepare your print, add a 2.5-inch bleed on all sides before printing. We recommend printing on LexJet Sunset Reserve Matte Canvas or LexJet Sunset Reserve Gloss Canvas for great canvas wrap results. Be sure to install GOframe on a smooth surface when the canvas is print-side down to avoid scratches.

The GOframe Starter Kit and Stretcher Bars are prepped to help you wrap canvases in no time. The reusable corner clamps make positioning accurate, and the bars are finished with adhesive on two sides for easy installation. The kit also comes with a bottle of archival glue for extra adhesion.

Follow the step-by-step instructions in the video to learn how to align your print, finish the corners and place U-shaped fasteners and tensioners to create a gallery-worthy wrap.

The Décor Guide: Our Go-To Products

In the burgeoning market of décor, the possibility for creative application is quickly expanding, and advances in technology have increased the selection of products available. To help you navigate this process, we’ve created a page of the Top Décor Products You Need Now as an easy guide to the essential tools for this growing business opportunity.

From Wall Murals to Floor Graphics, we highlight the décor products that will offer your customers a range of creative, artistic and eye-catching media.

Check out this new décor page today for information on products for:

  • Wall Murals
  • Canvas Prints
  • Window Shades & Room Dividers
  • Window Graphics
  • Floor Graphics
  • Lamp Shades
  • Tapestries

Click HERE to go to the products page!

Visit Us at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo

WC Art & FrameLexJet will be joining our Fredrix Print Canvas partners at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel Jan. 24-27.

Be sure to swing by booth #446, which is along the back wall of the ballroom. As the exclusive reseller of Fredrix canvas in the U.S., we’ll be displaying a variety of canvases, including the Wilhelm-certified Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas, Fredrix 901VWR Crystal Matte Canvas and Fredrix 777VWR Vivid Matte Canvas, to name just a few.

The 17th annual WCAF is a dynamic event with all sorts of hot trends, new product launches, exhibitor celebrations, seminars, award ceremony and hands-on workshops geared toward retailers, wholesalers, designers, photographers, artists and more.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Congrats to the #SunsetWorks Winner!

You submitted nearly 100 entries in our #SunsetWorks contest through our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and we were thrilled to see all the different ways you make Sunset work for you. Just take a look at the gallery below to see some of the creative and beautiful ways Sunset’s line of fine art and production papers and canvases make images come to life. We were happy to see that a few of you jumped into the pictures, too!

Width Variety Key to Consistent Canvas Print Projects

Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV.
Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV.

A common issue in multiple-print canvas projects, like a gallery exhibition, is finding enough different roll widths for all the sizes you need to print. The ability to use the same canvas for one project ensures production efficiency and image consistency across all the widths you print.

That’s why the new Sunset by Fredrix Canvases for solvent and aqueous printers are available from LexJet in widths up to 64″.

Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas for aqueous printers, which features one of the brightest white points for an OBA-free canvas, comes in 17″, 24″, 36″, 44″, 60″ and 64″ widths.

Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV for solvent, low-solvent, latex and UV-curable printers – which  provides consistent and accurate color on a bright-white, acid-free base – comes in 30″, 36″, 54″, 60″ and 64″ widths.

Now, whether you’re printing all sizes yourself, or outsourcing your largest prints, you can ensure that all your prints match in finish, texture and image quality: one canvas, one color profile and a consistent, high-quality project every time.

Give a LexJet customer specialist a call at 800-453-9538 to find out more and to get the sizes you need for your printer with the new Sunset by Fredrix canvases.

Where They Are Now: Dimpled Rock and the Fine Art of Golf

Valhalla Golf Club Photography by Dimpled Rock
Gary Kellner of Dimpled Rock photographed Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., for the PGA Championship, which returns to the club in 2014.

When you focus on a specific market you’re subject to its whims and cycles. In order to weather whatever storms that may batter that particular market you have to be flexible and creative.

Dimpled Rock, a company that specializes in golf course photography, has done just that. We first profiled Dimpled Rock about five years ago in the In Focus eNewsletter as the business was first starting to take off.

Dimpled Rock Canvas Print
Dimpled Rock uses Sunset Select Matte Canvas to create a painterly feel for golf club prints that are either framed or gallery wrapped.

With figurative economic storms and literal storms, like Hurricane Sandy, Dimpled Rock’s Gary Kellner says the photography side of the business has been stagnant as of late.

“The general economic conditions at some of the golf clubs have had an impact on our photography. We had also focused our efforts on New England and Sandy pretty much devastated the landscape in a lot of areas. They’re losing trees and having to re-do their bunkers, so they’re not ready to have their courses photographed until they can get them back in shape,” explains Kellner.

Fine Art Prints of Golf Courses
Dimpled Rock also produces black and white images of golf clubs, like this shot from Ravenna, that are printed on LexJet Sunset Velvet Rag or LexJet Premium Archival Matte.

However, the print production side has been growing steadily. With its comprehensive imaging program for golf clubs, Dimpled Rock elevates the way golf clubs present themselves and provides them with high-end photography that can be used in a variety of media, both online and in print.

“The clubs are fully engaged in using the prints as awards instead of glass trophies. Now they’re doing really nice framed photographs with plaques on them for club championships and event prizes. That has provided a huge influx of work into our basic production. It’s not just wall art anymore,” says Kellner.

Barrington Golf Club Photos by Dimpled Rock
Barrington Golf Club in Aurora, Ohio, photographed by Gary Kellner, Dimpled Rock.

Dimpled Rock typically prints on LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper and LexJet Sunset Velvet Rag 315g for framed fine art prints, and LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas, either framed or gallery wrapped, for canvas reproductions.

“The business is definitely morphing into something more than what we started,” says Kellner. “We’ve been doing some pretty large prints. The biggest one we did recently was eight feet long for someone’s house.”

Dimpled Rock’s value is in the company’s ability to photograph, design and produce an all-encompassing visual program for a golf club.

Photo by Dimpled Rock“I’ve had several projects where I was shooting everything from the golf course to the interiors, including staff, food service, and so forth. They can have everything they need without having to hassle with 15 different people,” says Kellner.

The word about Dimpled Rock is getting around the golf market. Kellner recently photographed Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., for all of the club’s promotional materials leading up to the 2014 PGA Championship.

“We’re in the infancy part of our relationship with the PGA. They’re blown away because they’re not used to getting the quality of files I’m giving them,” says Kellner.