I just purchased a 16×24″ gallery wrapped canvas of one of my favorite wedding images (by Anne Ruthmann) and am so excited to have it hanging on the wall. The canvas is a new addition to my home and since I know some of you are unfamiliar with the gallery wrapped canvas I thought I’d give it a little introduction.
What’s so great about the gwc? Well, probably the main thing is that it comes completely ready to hang on the wall. While prints stay tucked away in boxes for a few years, this will no doubt find it’s way displayed, because you don’t have to take any other steps to prepare it. I really do love a good framed print – with a beautifully cut mat and frame to showcase the image – but if you’re looking for something new I would go with a canvas and you might actually save money in the end.
To create the canvas print you can either use a high quality inkjet printer to put the image directly on the canvas (aka giclee), or you can use a traditional photographic method where the emulsion of the photo is stripped and transferred to the canvas. I currently go with the traditional method where the emulsion is transferred from my photo lab, WHCC, and am impressed with the quality. Canvases are archival quality, wrapped around a wood frame, and once the image is applied a coat of UV protection in the form of a matte/semi gloss/gloss finish covers the canvas to seal it. The final result presents images in a new way and is not only created to last, but it looks good.
Hmm.. did I answer all of your questions? You’re probably wondering how much I charge for them: an 8×10″ or 8×8″ canvas is $125 and sizes go up from there. Getting a smaller size is perfect for creating a group of photos on your wall that you can easily add to with each photo session, while a larger size can be an impressive centerpiece on your wall. Are you convinced? I’d love to hear what you think about them so leave me some comments!