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Stretching a Giclee canvas print

Part 3 of 3 of stretching a Giclee canvas print I will be producing the finished canvas print. In Part 1 I covered printing and protecting your canvas print. In Part 2 I covered preparing the stretcher bars ready for stretching.

Now you have printed your Giclee print, prepared your stretcher bars and are ready for the final step. I always find the process, whether printing on paper or canvas an exciting process. Whether a photograph or a painting I find each step from viewing the image on a screen to holding up the finished product seems to add dignity to the image.

Stretching a Giclee canvas print

Giclee printing an exciting process for the artist or photographer

I remember the first print we produced, Melody and I kept looking at it, not believing this was a flat image. We kept coming back expecting to find that the image somehow had the texture of an original painting. I think part of this is the accuracy of the original image. I have always scanned paintings rather than photograph them. Scanning produces a very large image, sometimes approaching 1 gigabyte. The result of this process is that I have an image that is perfectly in focus, but more than that if I zoom into the image I can see all the swirls and colours that are in the original.

Future blogs and YouTube post

This giclee print is for a customer order and Melody will be transforming it to a mixed media painting. To be honest we never quite know what to call these paintings, they are more than a giclee print and with enough work become originals in their own right. I am currently videoing the process of applying oil paint. Once dry Melody will be applying 24ct gold leaf to bring the painting to life. Keep a look out for our next blog which will show Melody at work in her studio.

You may like to look at our YouTube channel, some relates to art or photography, other posts relate to events I have photographed in our village and some to our travels on Exmoor. I hope you find these interesting.

Assembling stretcher bars for your canvas print

In Part 2 of 3 I will be assembling stretcher bars for your canvas print. In this video I am using stretcher bars from Lion Pictures. I have used several manufacturers but find these to be readily available. I like these stretcher bars as they are well constructed to avoid warping.

The stretcher bars, although in metric, are sized in 2 inch steps. For Melody’s original paintings this is fine but for giclee prints you will need to size the canvas print according to the available sizes.

In part 1 I dealt with printing the canvas and protecting it with lacquer, if you have come to this video first it is well worth looking at this. In part 3, I will be stretching the canvas print to produce the finished picture ready to hang.

Assembling stretcher bars for a square print.

I started my journey in Giclee printing when Melody and I formed Melody Art in 2003. At that time the process was relatively new and it was quite rare for an artist to self publish. Using this form of printing, researching techniques and obtaining materials was much more difficult. Now the technique is known and used by many artists.

Over the years we have met many artists and have found many to be very helpful. Using YouTube and this blog is a great opportunity for me to equally helpful and free with the experience I have gained during this time. So, I hope you enjoy this article and find it helpful in your journey.