Canvas Transfers

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Canvas transfers are an increasingly popular art form. These transfers, through a variety of means, "lift" an image from a print or poster (or book jacket, or magazine article, or album cover, or any medium of art for that matter) and transfer it directly to an artist's quality canvas. The result is impressive canvas art bearing your favorite image.

Transfers to canvas come in basically two styles: flat and three dimensional. Which you choose depends on your budget and aesthetic. In general, smoothly finished originals, like watercolors, etchings, stone lithographs, et cetera, are the best candidates for slightly smooth canvas transfers. Originals that communicate emotion through their texture as well, like Klimt, Pollack and Van Gogh are particularly effective candidates for three dimensional canvas transfers.

Canvas Transfers: Slightly Textured vs. Fully Three Dimensional

"Regular" canvas transfers are creating by spraying the original image (or an exact copy of it) with a special acrylic. This acrylic "grabs" the ink and dries into a delicate film. This film is lifted and transferred to canvas. Voila. You now have your very own canvas of Norman Rockwell's Freedom from Want ready to hang in your dining room.

When texture is an issue, you may want to consider a three-dimensional transfer. This technique is a combination of state of the art technology and meticulous handcrafted artisan skills. The result is so impressive that museum directors in the United States have been quoted as saying that the differences between Artagraphs and the originals are nearly impossible to discern. They are so exact in detail that the Philadelphia Museum of Art actually has Artagraphs hanging in their collection.

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