Awards & Engraving

September '19

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38 • A&E SEPTEMBER 2019 Step Five: With the adhesive stuck to the canvas on the stretcher bars, remove the corner guides. 1. Miter your canvas corners. 2. Fold up the canvas corners. 3. Add the archival glue to the edge of the wood and apply to each side. 4. Fold up the stretcher bars, bringing the corners together, and place the staples in the custom holes. Step Six: Once all four staples are placed, one in each of the corners, snap the wooden pieces in the slats, which causes your canvas to become taunt. That's it! GET CREATIVE WITH CANVAS Try sublimating a series of small photo- graphs, images, or graphics on a canvas to form an interesting collage of your work of art. You could either line the images neatly or distribute them in a random pattern for a more abstract look. Try to tell a story with your images by combining several related photographs or graphics onto a single canvas that chronicles the narrative without a word. Taking your customer's photo and split- ting it into three or four finished canvas sections gives a whole different look rather than a traditional canvas. Page 39 features a sample of a landscape photo that is broken up to create several canvases. The canvases are two 10-by-16-inch and two 10-by- 20-inch sections. You can see what a wow factor it gives when splitting it up. Staying current and relevant in the industry, and with your customers, is vital to the life of your business. When you are able to offer personalized items such as can- vases that are not readily available and with a quicker turn-around time, you give your business a boost and ultimately an edge in the marketplace. PHOTOS ON CANVAS One of the most common designs for canvas is photos. With all of the new picture-taking technology that is around from the iPhone cameras and other picture- taking gadgets like Go Pro, we don't lack images that can be used. But keep in mind that out of all the pictures taken, there are only a few special moments that customers determine are worth putting on the wall. Step five. Step six: Snap the wooden pieces in the slats. The finished product.

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