Canvas and the history of Print Leave a comment

Canvas dated as far a back as the 14th century where on rare occasions it would be used in Italy. The earliest form of canvas was made from tightly woven hemp and was primarily used to produce cloths for sails. However, it wasn’t until the 16th century during the Italian renaissance which signified the transition from modern ages to the middle ages that it really became popular. Since then its complexity and dynamics have greatly evolved.

During the Italian renaissance painters developed the oil painting technique which allowed for oil paintings to be done on canvas; this is called Canvas Painting. Canvas was widely used in Venice, as, canvas painting was an affordable and reliable option for Venetian painters. They also saw canvas to be a more viable option in their humid environment and that canvas resulted in a smooth and bright appearance.

In the 20th century, printing evolved rapidly. As technology progressed Canvas prints came about, which simply means that images are printed using fine art inkjet printing otherwise called Giclée. This has allowed photographers, designers and printing companies like rgbproprints to create highly pigmented designs and work of unmatched quality. Instead of hemp, today, canvas is made from cotton, linen or polyester which have allowed for more vivid and longer-lasting works. 

Canvas Prints can be created using pretty much anything whether it is a design you like, an off-guard photograph, or any special moment. It adds more depth, dimension and results in a sophisticated and realistic look. Along with the popularity of Canvas Prints came the popularity of frameless photos which gives the photos a more artistic and modern look. To top it off, canvas is lightweight and less prone to crack. Canvas prints can create a look of prestige in your home, office or your fashion.  

Aside from Canvas prints, there is Screen Printing. In the early 20th century silk screen printing which was invented around A.D. 500 by Asians became popular in Europe due to the availability of silk cloths. Today Screen printing involves printing images into sensitized fabrics and is commonly used for T-shirt printing.

Printing has come a long way, and there’s no doubt that it will continue to evolve. There is no limit with technology, it’s at our fingertips, so let us take advantage of that; let us make good use of Canvas Prints and Screen Printing.

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