From Custom Décor to High-volume Art, Canvas Adds Style

Including canvas wraps in any décor plan is an effective way to add a touch of style to every space, from the bedroom to the boardroom. Families want portraits in their homes while hoteliers want to brighten their lobbies, and print service providers can offer their customers many different solutions to create the perfect piece of art. Check out these three ways to include canvas printing in your product offering:

Specialty Canvas – Earlier this year, Fredrix unveiled Metallic Pearl and Metallic Gold canvases, which give photographers the opportunity to create glamorous portraits for weddings and engagements or eye-catching artistic photography prints. Fredrix Metallic Pearl Canvas adds a beautiful, ethereal, shimmering quality that will delight even the hardest-to-please bride. Fredrix Metallic Gold, a 2019 SGIA Product of the Year for Media – Textile – Canvas, offers an elegant gold finish that is perfect for high-end retail art, especially when printing with black ink. Both the Pearl and Gold are compatible with solvent, latex and UV-curable printers.

Work Space Canvas – Studies have found that art in the workplace can boost productivity, reduce stress and increase communication, so corporations are including art to enhance the employee experience. Working with local businesses and hospitality groups to design and create art that fosters creativity in the workplace and tells the story of the company culture and values. Fredrix offers a variety of aqueous and latex/solvent/UV-curable canvas products that are perfect for outfitting art-inspired work spaces.

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Custom Canvas –Photographers and PSPs printing with aqueous technology, can offer gallery wraps in portrait and photo packages, providing customers the opportunity to turn their family photos into art. Sunset Production Matte Canvas is a 100% polyester canvas that provides the look of cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave that delivers a consistent, repeatable print solution. Sunset Select Matte Canvas is a poly/cotton blend that meets the demand for a wide variety of art-reproduction and photo printing requirements. Use GOframe stretcher bars give the finished gallery wrap appearance.

To learn more ways to include canvas printing in your portfolio, contact a LexJet sales specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

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Mixing Up the Painting Process with Canvas & Coating

When San Francisco-based photo retoucher Leonard Gordon started exploring painting as a hobby, he was intrigued and influenced by Surrealist works by artists like Georgio De Chirico. He developed a similar style of artistry, but began playing with the way his artwork was finished.

Leonard Gordon applies a semi-transparent layer of thinned oil paint on his artwork, Maple Leaf, which is printed on Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas.

“I start with a line drawing projected onto a canvas,” Gordon says. “Then I paint it with acrylic and take a picture of it with my Canon EOS Mark 3, then scale it to 36×48 in Photoshop.”

Next, Gordon takes the photo of the printed piece to his friend, Dennis Mayer, a print provider in Burlingame, Calif., who prints it onto Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas using his Canon imagePROGRAF printer. Then, Mayer adds a layer of protection with Sunset Satin Coating and returns it to Gordon.

Typically, that would be the end of the process, but Gordon was intrigued with what would happen if he used thinned oil paint on top of the coating to enhance the artwork further. The result was dramatic.

“When you put the oil painting on top of the coating, the whole thing just comes alive,” he says of the painting, pictured above, before the final layer of oil painting, and after. “That’s what’s giving the painting depth. It’s all about bringing out the color of the print itself.”

Mayer has been working with the Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas for years. “I first started using it because of the Fredrix name recognition,” he says. “I like the texture and the matte finish helps to achieve an art fee to the prints.”

Gordon’s artwork, which includes Maple Leaf as well as several other Surrealist paintings, will be on display for his first gallery show this Spring at Jim Gleeson’s studio in San Francisco.

Hotels Are Becoming Fine Art Spaces — But Where Do They Buy Their Art?

Queen Elizabeth sits serenely with eyes closed in a giant photograph — perhaps meant to lull viewers to sleep. Her portrait is not on display in a museum, rather, she hangs in the lobby of London’s Churchill Hyatt Regency, part of a growing trend of hotels that are using artwork to create a unique and memorable experience for their guests. But where do hotels buy their art?

Whether a Hilton, Hyatt or Marriott, these franchises must all meet branding specifications set by a parent company. Art selection, on the other hand, is usually determined by an architect or interior design team hired by the hotel owner. There are also Boutique Hospitality Art Consultants who negotiate with working artists to create custom art packages for hotels.

Art consultancies will often locate artwork from local artists through area art galleries for global placement in luxury hotels around the world. One way for local art galleries to stay informed is to partner with the American Society of Interior Designers Association. This partnership helps galleries get an inside track on current and upcoming interior design projects.

Sometimes these design projects require high-volume and quick turnaround and that’s where digital print technology comes in. Galleries and designers look for quality substrates such as Fredrix Canvas to reproduce museum quality work for their guestroom art pieces. Artists know they can trust their work to Fredrix because of their 150-year-old legacy of making fine canvas products in the U.S.

Fredrix 777VWR Vivid Matte Canvas – is an 18-mil, bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. This water-resistant canvas is the smoothest of the Fredrix aqueous canvas line, making it the perfect choice for highly detailed, photographic, decorative gallery wraps on canvas.

Fredrix 901SGSJ Artisan Semi-Gloss Canvas – A poly/cotton blend, 2-over-1 canvas is specially engineered to create beautiful prints with the latest solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks, providing a wide color gamut, exceptional Dmax, and a consistent, subtle texture.

For more information on Fredrix Canvas offerings, call 800-453-9538 to speak with a LexJet sales representative or visit lexjet.com to purchase Fredrix Canvas today – available exclusively through LexJet.

The Go-to Choice for Consistent Canvas Production

As you head into the busiest season for canvas production, you need a canvas product that you can rely on for consistent results and reliable output, print after print. For nearly 10 years, award-winning LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas has been a top seller to busy print shops like yours.

With a smooth, matte-coated surface, this poly-cotton blend is ideal for fine art and photographic reproduction, delivering exceptional color and detail. Plus, it’s lightweight, making it easier to stretch for gallery wraps. It’s the canvas of choice for David Little II of IGLIVISION in Loveland, Colo., who creates and wraps canvas photo and art prints (pictured).

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Watch the video above to learn more about LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas, and stock up before the holiday rush hits!

Photos: David Little II

The Go-To Matte Canvas for High-End Art Prints

Over the years, customers have turned, time and again, to LexJet Sunset Reserve Matte Canvas, to produce vibrant, fine-art and photo-realistic graphics on a smooth matte canvas finish that offers a high-quality, lasting image.

The poly-cotton blend and neutral-white finish deliver consistent imaging for a variety of commercial graphics, as well as fine-art and photographic reproductions. LexJet Sunset Reserve Matte Canvas was developed to produce great colors without optical brighteners.

“I loved the texture of that for art prints; I like the tooth it has on it,” Andy Wredberg of AW Artworks said in this post.

It’s also been a long-time favorite for Hawaii-based Chromaco, thanks to its wide color gamut and Dmax that deliver bright and bold art reproductions. Adding Sunset Gloss Coating protects the canvas for gallery wraps that have become increasingly popular, Chromaco says. Check out their work here.

Customer favorite LexJet Sunset Reserve Matte Canvas also has a new lower price. Watch the video above for details, or go here to learn more.

 

Introducing Sunset Copperplate Rag Mould-made Paper

We’re excited to announce our first mould-made paper, LexJet Sunset Copperplate Rag 315gsm. This addition to our line of quality fine art papers is the a 100% cotton, soft-grain base that has the look and feel of a true art paper.

Mould-made papers are a favorite among fine art printers and photographers who want a high-quality look for their sophisticated artwork. Mould-made papers have interlocking fibers that add to the richness of the texture and increase strength and durability, as well. The manufacturing process is painstakingly meticulous to ensure the finish product pairs the consistency of a machine-made product with the characteristics of a handmade paper.

Unlike competing products on the market, Sunset Copperplate Rag is free of optical brighteners, acid and lignin.

“This is a high-end addition to the Sunset line that’s ideal for limited-edition print makers, as well as production printers, thanks to both the quality and the competitive price point,” says product specialist Jaimie Mask.

The natural white base and matte finish of LexJet Sunset Copperplate Rag 315gsm produces an excellent color gamut and unsurpassed Dmax. “It’s a great option for anyone wanting that ‘print-making’ feel with an artistic surface and texture,” Mask says.

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  • Natural white, 100% cotton rag
  • Soft grain with matte finish
  • Excellent color gamut and Dmax
  • Archival quality
  • OBA-free, acid-free, lignin-free
  • Applications: Fine art and photographic reproduction and restoration, limited-edition prints, art portfolios, photo albums

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