What is gallery wrapped canvas

An image can be printed in a variety of ways.

Printing of images is possible on a variety of materials, including card stock, photo paper, plain paper, metal, and glass.

Using a gallery wrapped canvas is an additional method of printing and displaying an image.

However, what is it?

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A gallery wrapped canvas is composed of several components. We need to define each component in order to properly explain what it is.

A canvas has the following components:

  • Canvas Material

The substrate, or medium, on which the ink is actually printed, is the canvas material. Expert canvas is supplied in sizable rolls that span hundreds of feet. This is a sample image of one of our rolls of canvas material. 

  • Wooden Stretcher bars

Wood stretcher bars are put together to make a square or rectangle shape. The canvas material is stretched over the wooden frames until it is very tight. The canvas material is then stapled to the back of the wood frames and any excess material is cut off. 

  • Hanging Hardware

The hanging hardware is attached to the back of the canvas to make it easy to hang the canvas on the wall. All Vicilo’s canvases are shipped ready to hang straight out of the box. 

How to stretch canvas

The hardest part of making a canvas is the actual stretching of the canvas material over the stretcher bars. There are a few tools that can be helpful to make the stretching easier. 

  • Staple Gun
  • Stretcher tool

Using a staples gun makes stapling the canvas material much faster. It helps make sure you have a nice strong attachment to the wood. 

A stretcher tool is a simple hand held tool that allows you to grip are large portion of the canvas material. The grip on the tool makes it a lot easier to give a strong and tight stretch on the canvas material.

How to hang gallery wrapped art

Hanging a canvas is very simple, especially from Vicilo. We provide a saw tooth hanging set already attached to the canvas. All that is needed is a simple screw in the wall and the canvas will hang beautifully on it. The sawtooth hanging hardware will allow for slight adjustments in order to make sure it hangs straight and looks professional. 

Although there are a number of ways to print images, gallery wraps are a beautiful and professional looking option. 


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