Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PROMO CODE: Mother's Day!


With April winding down, another special day is just around the corner. And to get you all ready, here is the new promo code!



Type MOMART into the checkout and receive 25% off the regular price on all products (with the exception of art supplies)! Not sure what to get her? Take a look on our ideas page here!




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Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
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8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday


Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter!




Wishing you all a very blessed Easter!

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, April 6, 2017

Our 5 Tips for Setting Up An Artist Space

An artist's environment is integrally important to an artist's development. Working in a space that is small and cramped isn't ideal, but for a lot of us it's an only option. For those  tiny areas, these are our top 5 tips for setting up an efficient and clean artist space.

1. Keep everything off the desk.


Penguin book designer Arielle Gamble works on illustrations for a new title.  Photo - Phu Tang.

Well, perhaps not everything. We know your desk will most likely be used to rest your pencils, paintbrushes, charcoal, water, etc. But these necessities aside, it is best to have your items off the table as much as possible, as this helps negate potential accidents from happening. The less items you have on your work space, the less likely a little charcoal thumbprint will stain the back of your work, or that your water jar will tip over when you reach for a paintbrush. This also makes clean-up easier, and prevents cross-contamination when you work from medium to medium.

2. Fill your wall-space wisely.


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When you're first starting out as an artist, chances are your space will be a bit on the smaller side. While it can be tempting to stack that corner up with shelving, leaving a wall space empty may actually be more beneficial. An intentional blank wall space can actually be more inspiring, as it not only breaks up the crowding of towering storage, but it also provides a gallery space for you to hang your work when you are finished. Take time to bask in the pride of your work, the deep satisfactions of a completed piece. Hanging a piece reminds you of your productivity, and keeps your steam going to start a new piece.


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If not with your own work, a blank wall space also provides an excellent area for brainstorming and iterating. It's a space for visual references and conceptual experimentation, while leaving you and your work surface clean and ready for the final process.


3. High Shelves.


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Now that being said, shelving is also immensely important when you have a small space. The trick is to make sure you invest in the right type of shelves for your space, and from our experience, it's better to go up-up-up. If your housing situation allows, invest in shelving brackets and learn how to screw them into the wall - this will keep both your desk clear, and reserve some wall-space for inspiration and brainstorming.

If you are renting and are not able to make holes in the walls, no fear! In these scenarios we recommend adding a shelf onto a desk - or better yet, building a desk from a shelf. Sliding a desk right up against an adjustable shelf like Ikea's Billy Bookcase still lets you keep your items off the desk, while opening up a bit of much-needed gallery or inspiration wall-space underneath.


4. Wheel it in.

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As your art grows, so will your work space. The best way to let both organically grow together is to keep as many components adjustable and movable as possible. By adding wheels to your furniture pieces and making each piece an isolated component on its own, you will be able to adjust your work space to fit your project, big or small. 


5. Be a bit of a Builder Bob.


Upcycling, Shena Meadowcroft

While this may sound like a bit of a stretch outside the art world, I cannot recommend it enough. The best way to ultimately make a space work for you, is to have some ability to build something to your exact need. Having some knowledge of wood types and boards (ie, birch plywood vs mdf) and some basic construction techniques will be of immense help (both to your space and to your pocket!). Once you get going, you may even find that building is actually quite fun, as it just opens up a whole new world of possibilities. 

So those are our 5 tips!! What did you think? If you have any tips you guys would like to share, let us know in the comments below and we can share them in an upcoming post!

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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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Stock Photo Set Wednesday is here! Spa Package #2


Need a little more time to breathe? Check out these gorgeous images to sooth your stress!








To download, simply click on the Dropbox link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dzrld90d09hq9xg/AABbBNZh7kgfRrHxHxnpMyw4a?dl=0

Every second Wednesday post free stock photography curated from sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, perfect for your business or office! All images are commercially liscened to print and hang in your 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!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find 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

Friday, March 31, 2017

One Way to Upload Hi-Res Files for Printing

When it comes to printing, the higher the resolution of the photo, the better. But what if you can't upload it to our server, because the file size is just way too big?



5 Steps to Uploading Hi-Res Files for Printing

Step 1: Save the file as a low-resolution jpeg.

To do this, simply open the image file as you would in Preview.


A. Take a Screenshot. Click the PRT SC on your keyboard for a PC, or CTRL + ALT + 4 for a Mac (Mac Users skip to Step 2).  

B. Next, open up Paint.  Paste the screenshot into the file by pressing CTRL + V on your keyboard. Your screen will now look like so:


C. If you'd like to, crop the image. Select the dotted box tool and select the image you'd like to remain, then press crop. The resulting image should look like this:



D. When you're done, save the file! Remember to title it LOW RES as part of the file name.


And there you have it! Now you have a low-res file!

Step 2: Uploading Your Hi-Res File  

Now before you go ahead an order, somehow you have to put your hi-res file somewhere accessible to us. For this, we recommend Dropbox.

Dropbox is pretty user-friendly and easy to sign up. Once you've got it open, simply drag your hi-res file into your Dropbox folder:

Once it has been uploaded, click on the Share button, then the Get Link button. Whoever has this link can now download your hi-res file (but no other files on your dropbox). Copy it the link using CTRL+C.



Step 3: Placing Your Order
 

Now it's time to place your order! Upload your Low-Res Image to our server.


And then proceed to select your substrate:


Once you've arrived on this page, paste your Dropbox link into the comments box.


And then click Continue, and that's it!

When we receive your order, we will be able to access your hi-resolution file from the Dropbox link you placed in the comments box. If there are any issues, we will be sure to contact you first before proceeding with printing.

KeenArt Media specializes in custom canvas printing, for home decor and galleries. Whether it be an artwork file or a photograph, we can immortalize it onto canvas for you. Visit our website today for more information.



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, March 22, 2017

StockPhotoSet #4 - Summer Foods!




I don't know about you, but we're ready for summer!

To download, simply click on the Dropbox link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yxnvu3w7usjfw2y/AACUbuXKALG4Hzf2LAf5L8b0a?dl=0

Every second Wednesday post free stock photography curated from sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, perfect for your business or office! All images are commercially liscened to print and hang in your 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!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find 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, March 1, 2017

StockPhotoSet #3 Wednesday - Spa & Relaxation!





Thought we'd change it up today! Instead of food, today's hi-res pack features spas and relaxation. Sometimes all you need is that one perfect picture help you (and your clients) take a deep breath. Lower your cortisol with these beautiful photos that are commercially licensed for printing - and best of all, they're free!



Every second Wednesday we'll be scouring free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favourites 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!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find 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