Gallery Wrap vs Canvas Print

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Gallery Wrap vs Canvas Print: What’s the Difference Between Them?

To really understand the difference between a gallery wrap print and canvas print, let’s look at each of them separately.

What Is a Canvas Print?

A canvas print is an image printed (from a printer) on canvas material. Canvas prints look similar to oil and acrylic paintings because their surface has the same texture.

Canvas prints are usually made from cotton, polyester, or linen (flax). But, some specialty fibers, such as hemp and jute, are also used for canvas surfaces.

Today, canvas prints are usually sold as some kind of stretched canvas print. This just means that the canvas has been pulled tightly over a wooden frame. The staples that hold the canvas to the wooden frame will either be on the sides or the back of the stretched canvas.

An example of what a stretched canvas typically looks like is in Society6‘s product video (below).

Product Video: Society6 Canvas Prints

What Is a Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print?

A gallery wrapped canvas print is a type of stretched canvas (a canvas that is pulled tightly over a wooden frame) and has sides that are usually 1.25 inches thick or more.

But, most importantly, gallery wrapped canvases have sides that are free of staples and the corners of the canvas are folded and neatly tucked around the sides.

Another feature of a gallery wrapped canvas is that the image appears on the sides of the canvas as well as the front.

iCanvas and Inktuitive are examples of gallery wrapped canvas prints.

Can Gallery Wrapped Canvas be Framed?

Even though many people prefer to hang gallery wrapped canvas art without a frame, you can definitely frame them!

The frame that is trending right now for gallery wrapped canvas art is called a floating frame (Amazon). This type of frame adds a nice finished look to canvas art, while still allowing the edges of the canvas to show.

If you’re like me and you love the look of framed art, you definitely want to check out iCanvas, Minted, and Inktuitive!

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Cheapest Places To Buy Top-Quality Canvas Prints?

Here are my favorited places to get the cheapest, high-quality canvas prints.

If I’m looking for more super inexpensive stretched or gallery wrapped canvas prints, I’ll usually browse through Etsy and Amazon and read the reviews until I find something I like with a 4 or 5-star rating.

Other of my favorite places to look for canvas prints are iCanvas (gallery wrap), Society6 (stretched), Redbubble (stretched), and Inktuitive (gallery wrap). These companies are all known to be high-quality producers of canvas prints that do not look cheap at all.

iCanvas and Inktuitive have high-quality, gallery wrapped canvas prints at discounted prices. Plus, iCanvas has free shipping in the contiguous United States, and Inktuitive has free shipping to most locations around the world!

Another place I like buying canvas prints is Minted (you can also get custom canvas art made from a Minted artist). You’ll end up paying slightly more for these canvas prints, but they’re of premium quality and are limited editions, so they’re more valuable than most canvas prints.

And, last but not least, if I’m looking to buy canvas prints as an investment, Saatchi Art is where I go! Just like minted, these canvas prints are usually limited editions, they’re curated by a team of professionals, and are usually more valuable (but a little more expensive) than the canvas prints from the sites mentioned above.

So, go ahead and buy canvas prints, support independent artists, and HAVE FUN shopping!