Types of Art Prints — All the Details
This page is long, but it has lots of information and photos of all the available types of prints, so you can know exactly what you are getting.
Petite Canvas Prints:
These small size prints are full color reproductions printed on scratch resistant canvas which has been mounted on a thin flexible backing. All Petite Canvas Prints come with an easy to assemble easel stand and instructions.
Available Sizes – For rectangular images: 5″x 7″ and 8″x 10″; for square images: 6″x 6″ and 9″x 9″
Packaging – Petite Canvas Prints are shipped individually in sturdy cardboard envelopes.
Petite Canvas Prints are:
Lightweight and Durable – Display within reach of pets or children without worrying about breakage.
Compact – The small size easily fits in the corner of a desk or shelf.
Inexpensive – Priced so you can buy several — put up a mini-gallery wall or be able to rotate what’s on display.
Easy to Display – Use the included stand, pop it in a standard-sized frame, or just mount it on the wall.
Prints on Paper:
I offer two types of paper prints – Classic Paper Prints and Giclée Prints.
The main differences between them are the sizes available and the type of paper they’re printed on. Both are printed with color-fast pigment-based inks.
Classic Paper Prints come in smaller sizes on a medium/heavy paper.
Giclée Prints come in larger sizes on an archival heavy-weight paper.
Classic Paper Prints:
These affordably priced reproductions are available in two sizes and will easily fit into standard frames and mats. High resolution prints do a great job of capturing the color and details of the original painting. They are printed with fade-resistant pigment inks on medium/heavy-weight paper (235 gsm) with a satin finish. The printed image has a white border allowing it to be displayed with or without a mat.
Available Sizes – All images are available in both 8.5″x 11″ and 11″x 14″ print sizes. Square images are printed in “portrait” orientation with extra white space to the top and bottom.
Packaging – Classic Paper Prints are packaged in a protective plastic sleeve and shipped flat in a sturdy cardboard envelope.
Classic Paper Prints are:
High Quality – Pigment inks and satin finish paper produce rich, vibrant colors which closely match the original painting.
Mat Optional – The white border is proportioned to give the print the look of a matted piece of art. Or, if you wish to add a mat, pre-cut mats sized for 8″x10″ or 11″x14″ photos will work nicely.
Easy to Frame – Both print sizes fit into widely available, standard-sized frames.
Very Affordable – I have specially priced these prints to make them an affordable way to buy high-quality art prints.
These are high quality fine art reproductions created with archival materials. High resolution prints capture all of the depth of color and intricate details of the original painting. They are printed with fade-resistant pigment inks on heavy-weight archival paper (264 gsm). These prints have a narrow white border around the image to facilitate matting and framing. The width of the white border varies depending on print size and the dimensions of the original painting, but is usually between 0.75 in. and 1.25 in.
Available Sizes – For rectangular images: 12″x 16″ and 16″x 20″; for square images: 12″x 12″ and 16″x 16″
Packaging – Giclée Prints are packaged in protective plastic and shipped flat in a sturdy cardboard box.
Giclée Prints are:
Statement Pieces – These are larger “grab your attention” prints which can be great focal points in a space.
Vibrant and Detailed – Lots of juicy colors catch the eye from across the room. Filled with details of texture and color when viewed up close.
Archival Quality – Art which will look great for decades with no fading or yellowing.
Easy to Mat and Frame – Sized to fit into standard sizes of mats and frames.
Shipped Flat – Your prints arrive flat and ready to frame — so much easier than trying to unroll and flatten a “shipped in a tube” print!
Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints:
Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints are a great way to get the look of an original painting on canvas at a much lower price. These prints are full color reproductions on premium artist-grade poly-cotton blend canvas. The canvas and inks used are specially formulated to create long-lasting reproductions which will maintain their color. The printed color image covers the entire front of the wrapped canvas and extends just a teensy bit (about 1/8″) around onto the sides. The canvas is 1.25″ deep with black sides. The back is covered by a backing board and comes with a sawtooth hanger already attached.
Available sizes – For most rectangular images: 8″x10″, 11″x 14″, 16″x 20″, and 18″x24″; for square images: 12“x 12”, 16“x 16”, and 20″x20″ (In some cases, print dimensions are slightly different in order to get the best fit to the original art. See product listings for exact sizes of prints available.)
Packaging – Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints are wrapped in plastic, securely packed, and shipped in individual cardboard boxes.
Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints are:
A Great Stand in for Originals – Get the decorative presence of an original painting in an affordable way. No reproduction ever completely captures the look and feel of an original painting, but from a few steps back, these prints are a convincing substitute.
Eye-Catching – The thickness of a wrapped canvas gives these reproductions a more substantial presence than flat paper prints.
Ready to Display – These prints don’t require a frame. The matte black canvas on all sides gives it a finished look that fits with any decor. (Alternatively, for a super-easy framing solution, see below.)
Easy to Hang – Just put a nail in your wall and hang it up using the already attached sawtooth hanger. Boom, you’re done!
Framed Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints:
These are exactly the same Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints described above, but already mounted in a walnut-toned frame. These are floating style frames where the canvas is mounted with a gap between the edge of the canvas and the frame. The edge of the wrapped canvas is somewhat visible and, as described above, the printed color image covers the entire front of the wrapped canvas and extends just a teensy bit (about 1/8″) around onto the sides. The total depth of the framed print is 1.75″. Framed canvases have a sawtooth hanger installed on top edge of the frame and felt bumpers in the lower corners to ensure that the print hangs evenly.
Available sizes – All sizes of Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints (described above) can be ordered framed. PLEASE NOTE: Listed dimensions are for the CANVAS size. The frame adds about 1″ of width on each side. (For example, a framed 8″x10″ canvas has outside dimensions of approximately 10″x12″.)
Packaging – Framed Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints are wrapped in plastic, securely packed, and shipped in individual cardboard boxes.
Framed Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints are:
Clean Lined – The floating style frame has a simple, polished look which keeps the focus on the art and easily blends with any decor.
A Simple Choice – No need to wade through all the choices out there in order to pick an appropriate frame. Get the finished look of framed canvas with the decision-making already done.
Environmentally Friendly – These frames look like dark-toned wood with a visible grain pattern, but they are actually made from recycled plastic. This makes them both lightweight and durable.
Cost Effective -The cost to add a frame to a Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print is less than you would pay elsewhere to buy a separate frame for it.
Ready to Hang – No figuring out how to securely mount a wrapped canvas into a frame. All assembly is done for you and a hanger pre-installed on the frame. Just put a nail in your wall and hang it up!