In the last few years my canvas prints have become much more popular. It is easy to see why. Canvas prints have a lot of advantages over paper prints:
- Canvas is much less expensive to frame than paper
- Canvas prints have no glare since they aren’t covered with glass
How to properly frame canvas is a matter of taste. Many frame shops promote “Gallery Wrap” where the canvas wraps around the sides. Personally that is not my preference. My background is in oil painting. Oil paintings would never be wrapped around the sides. In museums, one would never see an image on canvas wrapped on the sides of the stretcher bars.
My preference is to have the white canvas show on the sides and leave the picture unframed. That is a very contemporary look. Alternatively, a thin wooden strip can be applied on all sides which makes the print appear more finished.
Why do Frame Shops promote “Gallery Wrap?” I think it is because it is much easier and faster to stretch the canvas if one does not have to precisely align the image to the front. With white edges it is tricky to get the four edges of the image to align exactly with each edge. If a quarter inch of white shows on the front it looks very bad.