Friday, September 22, 2017

Our New Epson Printer is Here!

Hello all!

Have we got great news here at KeenArt Media, specially for those of your who are monochromatic photographers! We have just bought a brand new printer for all our Giclee needs - and it's the renowned Epson SureColor P20000!





The Epson SureColor is faster, more efficient, and crisper in its precision. Its printer head measure 2.64 inches and prints at resolutions up to 2400x1200 dpi. It is also features the first pigment ink set  with four levels of gray ink, such as Gray, Light Gray, Dark Gray and Black to provide smoother transitions and rich details for monochromatic grayscale prints. This also lessons potential noise and bronzing during output.


Here is the official spec listing from the Epson website below:

The all-new 44” Epson SureColor P10000 and 64” Epson SureColor P20000 are the successors to one of the most widely used fine art printers ever developed – the Epson Stylus® Pro 11880.

Designed for high-production photographic, fine art and indoor display graphics printing, we’ve incorporated newly-developed imaging technologies – including an all-new high-performance 2.6” wide Epson PrecisionCore® MicroTFP® print head. Along with an all-new Epson UltraChrome PRO nine-color pigmented ink set – including four levels of gray – the all-new SureColor P10000 and SureColor P20000 are the ultimate production tools for the demanding requirements of high-production color and black-and-white fine art printmaking.

Including advanced media handling options from cut sheet to roll, from plain papers to photographic, fine art, and even 1.5 mm thick poster boards, the new Epson SureColor P10000 and SureColor P20000 redefine the state of the art in wide format, high-production photographic imaging applications.



So if you've got a b/w photograph or detailed artpiece in your collection, now's the perfect time to get it printed.  Upload your photo and select from our large collection of canvas and fine art prints to make the most out of our new Epson printer!

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KeenArt Media is an online fine art printing and framing company, specializing in canvas, archival and photographic prints and reproductions. We are proud to serve and support artists from all over the US. 

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.USAOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

StockPhotoSet Wednesday - Ombre Autumn #1


Although it's sad to say goodbye to summer, autumn is looking warm and inviting in its own way. With such rich, vibrant colors such as red, oranges and gold shrouding around us before soft-focus grey clouds, we can't help but feel cozy and fuzzy inside. Get your pumpkin warmth on with these lovely new hi-res images, perfect for your fall decor or studio!







To download these high-res images for printing, click the Dropbox link below!


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wdwfr3aeaqouu0c/AAAKO51DCPt_vYKflnJYRcsPa?dl=0

Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

What's summer to you? Comment below and send us suggestions on what brings you summer joy and we'll try to find it for our next Stock Photo Set!





KeenART Media Ltd. www.USAOnCanvas.com
Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back to school is just around the corner! For all you young undergrads or first-years, decorating your dorm room is an opportunity to express your newfound individualism and identity! But, of course, they all have to be practical too, since there isn't going to be much space. So, here are some of our ideas for individualizing your dorm-home décor:

Corkboard Frames

A statement piece that's beautiful and useful? Obvs we gotta have it! Dress up a plain old corkboard with one of our mouldings - each moulding has its own personality and flair, just like you. Go sleek and classic, or ornate and theatrical. Check out our Frames via our youtube channel below!

 


Shadowboxes

What better way to hold onto precious momentos from where you've been? Having your favourite pieces treasured in a shadow box will remind you of how far you've come - and your roots - while staving off that little bit of homesickness. Shadow boxes are great for sport jersies, medals, awards, or even little small treasures like seashells, pebbles, a well-loved necklace.

Dye-Sublimated Metal Prints

This one is totally our favourite. Metal prints are super glossy and slick, making for a unique and kicking art piece for your space. Pick a photo that means a lot to you - something fun, vibrant, energetic - like a vacation with the fam, or a besties trip. The energy will be commemorated in vibrant, glossy glory - just like the memory itself.


Have any other ideas for dorm room décor? Let us know!

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KeenArt Media is an online fine art printing and framing company, specializing in canvas, archival and photographic prints and reproductions. We are proud to serve and support artists from all over the US. 



KeenART Media Ltd. www.USAOnCanvas.com
Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Frame Feature: Barnwood Collection

As summer winds down and fall creeps around the corner, we're already getting excited with this new collection of frames we're about to unveil, as they're perfect for that fall feel. The Barnwood Collection will come in classic colours and widths, with just enough light distressing to give it that well-loved, well-worn touch. Do you love them as much as we do? We hope so!

 

 
 
Keep checking back for more updates on our expanding frame collection!
To view our other lovely, slightly distressed frames, please visit our Natural Wood Tones section!

 
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KeenART Media Ltd. www.USAOnCanvas.com
Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Art of Hanging Art

Hanging art can be tricky business. Thankfully, we’ve got a few tips that might be able to help you with your home decor endeavor.


Common framing and art sizes. 

1. Hang the Middle of Your Artwork at Eye Level


The most common home decor mistake is hanging artwork too high. A good rule of thumb is to hang the artwork so that the center of the piece is at eye level. This can vary from person to person, so we recommend making the middle of the piece is 57” off the ground. From there you can adjust as you see fit.




2. Size Your Artwork to Fit Your Space


The next most common error of home decor is not choosing the correct size art for your space. Whether you’re hanging a statement piece over a sofa or pairing two postcards in your hallway, here are some tips to keep in mind.

For large, blank walls above mantles or sofas, try looking at pieces in the range of 36” width and longer. The general rule of thumb is to make sure your art piece or collection is about 2/3rds to 3/4ths the length of the furniture it is hanging over. For breathing room, hover your art so that it is above 8” off the sofa or furniture.



An example of a large canvas proportionate to the couch below. 

For smaller spaces, size is less of an issue - but placement becomes important. If you are stacking two images, put the heavier one on top. This guides the eye to “trail down away”, rather than ending abruptly with chunky piece.

If the images are the same width but different orientations, stack portrait above landscape.




Remember that when you pair artwork together like this, together they act as one “piece”. Make sure the centre of the “piece” sits at eye level, to avoid losing the bottom piece completely out of vision.


3. Keep Your Collections along a Horizontal or Vertical Axis


Sometimes, you may have a lot of small pieces, rather than one large artwork. If you have many small prints (think 8x10, 5x7, 11x14s), then an asymmetrical collection or gallery wall may be what you’re looking for.

Asymmetrical collections and gallery walls are excellent layout options for eclectic groupings, but are at risk of looking haphazard and unorganized if one is not careful. To keep a sense of unity, make sure that your collection follows a horizontal and vertical axis.

While the edges of the frames don’t have to follow the axis perfectly, if you were to dissect your collection in half, both sides should appear balanced.  

When making collections, aim for some consistency between your pieces. Whether it’s by theme, mat color or frame choice, a consistent aesthetic will help keep your pieces looking unified and organized.


4. Pick an Anchor Line


If you like putting your pieces together in a group but don't want to risk a haphazard look, try picking an anchor line and lining up all your artworks within that line. This works best with prints that are all the same size, which you can make symmetrical groupings out of. 



Common lower lines are excellent anchors. Most interior designers will put them on a shelf, which also eliminates the hassle of hanging them from the wall.
This is the most common anchor line. Although the composition is unbalanced (simply to show size differences between common frame sizes), it still looks clean, organized and structured. 




Upper lines are usually not recommended, as often this results in the artwork being hung too high. However, for large, singular pieces such as rugs, tapestries, or vertical canvases, this line will act as an invisible bar for them to hang from.


5. Plan It Out



An example from Jenna Burger

Hanging art is an art in of itself. Smoothing details like spacing and composition early in the game can save your framing from looking tilted, dizzy, or sloppy, and ultimately unify your gallery cohesively. Print out standard frame sizes (such as 8x10s, 11x14s, 24x36s) on paper (or measure them out on newspapers or poster paper), and tape them up on your wall in different configurations. Once you like your set-up, then decide which art piece should be framed and matted accordingly.

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Ready to start matting and framing? USAOnCanvas has a huge selection of beautiful frame mouldings, which we handcut in custom sizes to fit whatever size you need! We also do matting and fine-art printing. If you're uncertain about hanging your art, we also print art on Adhesive Fabric - perfect for sticking, peeling off and rearranging. Call us today at 1-888-533-6278!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

StockPhotoSet Wednesday - Sweet Summer Batch #4

As summer continues to roll, I bet you've got some loads of pictures on your camera from your travels! But what to do with those awesome photos?

Print it on Canvas!

Printing on canvas is one of the best ways to commemorate a photo! Its deeply pigmented inks bring warmth and lustre to photographs, and the UV coating protects the colors from fading (and keeps it easy to dust). It's lightweight and transportable. Best of all, the canvas's woven texture hides imperfections that can be captured by phone cameras on the go - so those Samsung photos can be blown up bigger than you think!

Print on Paper + Frame 

This is a more traditional route to go - but why not print out all your favorite polaroids and string them from a frame with flair? 

And if you prefer to keep the photographs protected, shielding them with plexi will keep the memories safely intact for years to come.

Plaque-Mount It

What exactly is plaque-mounting? Well, plaque-mounting is the process of printing your file onto paper, mounting it on wood, and then sealing it with a lush, satin-matte laminate. The result is super vibrant colors and the image sealed and protected, without the heaviness of a plexiglass or frame. With so many different choices for edges, your photo can stand alone as an art piece in of itself!

You can also plaque mount other paper-goods, not just images. Why not plaque-mount a map from where you've been, and mark it as you go? The matte-laminate makes writing and scrawling memories and notes a breeze.

We'll stop it at these three choices for today! In the meantime, here are some new hi-res photos to inspire you:






To download these high-res images for printing, click here!

Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

What's summer to you? Comment below and send us suggestions on what brings you summer joy and we'll try to find it for our next Stock Photo Set!





KeenART Media Ltd. www.USAOnCanvas.com
Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Frame Features - Leaf Palazzo Collection

Big news everyone! For the first time ever, we have short videos showcasing our many frame styles! Now you'll be able to see the size, shape and color on your screen better - without having to receive a chip sample!

Here's our very first video, featuring the Leaf Palazzo Collection:

The Leaf Palazzo frames measure 2-3/4" wide, with a 1/2" rabbet/depth. Made from wood, this ornate, intricate frame features a bold relief design in antique foil finish, while being lightweight. Its matte, black-mottled texture and antiquing makes it a perfect frame for statement piece for home-decor, interior design, and showrooms. 

Excellent complimentary frame for oil paintings and bold, abstract artworks. Make sure to select an artwork that is not too overly complicated with details, as it may compete with the decadence of the frame.


The Leaf Palazzo frame collection comes in gold, silver, silver-black and black. We can make them in custom-sizes to fit any wall space or mantle, around any original piece of work. Add a sheet of mirror from the hardware store and you've got yourself a stunning hallway mirror with a touch of old Versailles! Give a call or email today, and stay tuned for our next Frame Feature video!
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KeenART Media Ltd. www.USAOnCanvas.com
Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday