Canvas Printing Materials: Cotton and Polyester

Canvas Printing

Most artists expand their audience by offering them something new and at present; it is through printing their work onto a canvas material. With this, their prints get a museum-like quality, which in other ways; replicate the look of the actual painting. And in order to do this, the two main types of canvas used are cotton and polyester. Each of these materials may have its own pros and cons, thus, the decision would lie on the artist or it would depend on the exact purpose. Artists need to carefully study every type before making a decision to reproduce their work. Knowing the differences between these two types is necessary as they would affect the long term value of the print.

A canvas print enhances the quality of a print. While commonly we encounter paper prints, canvas prints provide a painting-like look. These prints are signed and numbered just like a paper print and they are considered as an exceptional work of art, especially for the art collectors of this modern time. Artists, such as the like of Thomas Kinkade take canvas printing a step further and have the professional artist highlight places on the canvas with an oil paint. With this procedure, the look and feel of an actual painting is created because upon close examination, the viewers would see quality and fineness.

Basically, there are two types of canvas, cotton and polyester and both has variations. The difference when it comes to these materials is that poly canvases are made from plastic fiber strands, while cotton canvases are made from cotton fibers. The poly canvas has a cotton-type texture but is not actually a canvas. And to better which kind of canvas is better, knowing the pros and cons of them both would be very helpful.

Pros
A poly canvas is cheaper. Especially for those who care about their work, whether it is a photo or fine art, or printed on a canvas, this one might be the best way to go. In fact, there are a lot of companies that provide works with the use of poly canvas. The color is also vibrant. On the other hand, a cotton canvas is more durable compared to a poly canvas. At the same time, it provides a museum-quality look to the print.

Cons
Polyester cannot hold up as well in the long term as a cotton canvas does. Also, it cannot absorb the ink as much as cotton. Instead of penetrating, the ink sits on top of the canvas. This opens the works to cracking and stretching into the future. Some types of poly canvas can also be pretty thin. There are those which are thinner than print-quality papers. On the other hand, artists who use cotton should expect to pay more for them to have such type of canvas. There are instances when a single print can cost as much as a roll of a poly canvas. Knowing the difference and the benefits and disadvantages of these two types of canvas would determine the end result that you would be receiving.

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