Started by Peterretep2, September 27, 2018, 08:20:37 am
Quote from: Peterretep2 on September 27, 2018, 08:20:37 amDue to high prices and labs that are difficult to work with in making canvas prints, I'm thinking about taking this on again.
Quote from: DougDolde on September 27, 2018, 01:54:05 pmI think too many people fall for their marketing BS as illustrated by the above comments
Quote from: DougDolde on September 27, 2018, 01:54:05 pmI too only print on canvas. However the only Breathing Color product I use is their Timeless Matte Varnish. Their canvas is way too expensive for what it is. I think too many people fall for their marketing BS as illustrated by the above commentsI have been using this canvas from IT Supplies and it comes in 100 foot rolls:https://www.itsupplies.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=Simply+Elegant+Everyday+Matte+Canvas+100%27+RollFor say a 44" roll, Simply Elegant gives you 100' vs 40' for Lyve for THE SAME MONEY. Plus I really like this canvas. It's on the thin side but is super strong and makes it easier to fold the corners when wrapping.
Quote from: langier on September 28, 2018, 03:00:59 pmAs for coating, it's a must, IMO.
Quote from: Stephen Ray on September 28, 2018, 04:48:13 pmIn contrast, the solvent printer canvas process doesn't require coating. The print is ready to stretch, mount, or roll directly from the printer. Really durable and virtually waterproof. If a coating is demanded for some particular reason, the typical option is to use a liquid lamination machine or sometimes an artist may work a brush stroke effect.
Quote from: langier on September 28, 2018, 03:00:59 pmI purchased a used Epson 9900 seven years ago just to do canvas and I use the Fredrix 777. The project was to print a hotel full of canvas which I printed and coated then had dry mounted and framed. I probably put 130-140 rolls through it mainly 44 inch.For coating, I'm using Clear Shield, Type C LL Semi-Gloss. There's a range from gloss to matt and you can mix them to get something in-between. I was using a trough-and-roller system when I was doing the hotel, but since I only do 3-5 at a time now, I simply use a 6-8 inch foam paint roller and a tray.My technique is to add about 20% filtered/distilled water to the Clear Shield to help thin it out, run it through a screen after stirring into a tray and then give the canvas a quick coat spreading out the coating quickly and as evenly as I can. Once the coat is dry, I do a second coat. I'm doing it all on a table that's just a little narrower than my widest canvas. If I've got several to do, I use clothespins and small wooden dowels at each end to keep the canvas from curling and messing the coating and hang it up. Here's a few of the 40x60-72-inch canvas I did a few years ago. I think the most I could coat in a long day was from 24-40, depending upon the size. The color images were 20x30 to 24x26 prints and it looks like I'm drying from 12-15 images on that rack. That job took a couple of years and my client is still thrilled with the installation.
Quote from: Peterretep2 on September 27, 2018, 08:20:37 amI hadn't been much of a fan of canvas prints but within the past year have had produced by a few different labs a few for clients and for fine art sales to individuals. I had purchased a roll of Fredrix 777 for printing copies of the work for a couple of artists I know but I haven't done that for over three years or longer. I never liked working with the media in my 7900 and was always concerned about damaging the heads which I had read was a possibility due to head bumps against the canvas edge. Due to high prices and labs that are difficult to work with in making canvas prints, I'm thinking about taking this on again. Searching this forum I found there has been very little talk of canvas for the past 6 or 7 years and am wondering if anyone here is printing on canvas anymore. If so, can you share you favorite canvas to work with based on image quality, permanence and durability? I'm also wondering how important and/or necessary it is to coat the printed canvas. Any help or suggestions you may have is greatly appreciated.Peter
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