Transfer? Well, I've seen it all.....


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Mar 2, 2003
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<span style="text-decoration: none">This transfer came in the other day to be framed. I had to
re-stretch it on a thinner stretcher bar so it would fit the frame. When I
removed it from it's original stretcher bars I notice that the print was
laminated with a canvas textured laminate, there was a piece of canvas
stapled to the stretcher bars behind the art so when the customer looked at the
back of the art they would see canvas. It was the laminate that was stretched
and stapled to the stretcher bars not the canvas. After they stretched
the laminate then they spray painted the edge to hide the fact that it was clear
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Wow - great job on the photos! The art looks like what I've seem at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, TJ Maxx etc. It's probably done in China? Anyway, thanks for the inside view of these low end canvas pieces we're all competing against. I've always wondered about some of the techniques used. Thanks again.
Shenanagins! I have never seen that, and really want to know where that was done.

Also, just laminating is probably a lot less work than doing a proper transfer. It's the "make the customer think it's on canvas" part that stinks.
Low end and cheesy, but now you get to deal with it.

Hopefully when you restretch it holds up.
Good luck,
Why is it that people want their images "on canvas" when it's obvious they are not oil paintings? Often it's not the best way to present or preserve the image.
I guess home higher authority must have assigned art on canvas a higher status of some kind, apart from the reality of the situation. (Notice- inside Cincinnati reference coming) I guess this must be the same higher authority that decreed that there is some added prestige to locating a sports stadium on the river, even if it's not the wisest use of scarce riverfront land.
I actually just got a sample of the product that was probably used for this process. Just tried it today and it is pretty slick.

It's called Superstick Canvas Transfer Laminate from D&K Group. Phone 800-632-2314 website :

In my testing I was able to turn a print into a "canvas transfer" in about 5 minutes including prep time. Something the BB can't do!
Rick: some of our limited edition publishers swear that canvases are currently outselling prints by a huge majority. they seem to feel people like the more "immediacy" look of a canvas; that is, you're not separated from the piece by mats, glass, etc. Can't vouch for it onw way or the other, but I knowpersonally iwould much rather have original canvases hanging in my house than a print behind glass.

Am calling Tim's reference Monday. Sounds like it may be a way cool thing to at least try, particualrly if it's less money than a Grange=type deal.

And remember: today's consumer has changed drastically to where they now want a class look at a lower class price. just trying to appease their appetites.
Mike-That is a great assessment. We often spend a lot of wasted time decrying those things that consuers just "seem" to want.

It is a lot easier to adapt to a market than continually beat your head against that wall of trying to get the market to adapt to you

I'm calling Monday, too

A great case in point of this "shift" is for all those that go to Atlanta. Count the numbers of booths and the sizes of those booths of the "Original Oil Pintings" suppliers and watch how many of them pack many, if any, oils up a closing time.

There is a market for this stuff and it is not getting smaller. How you take advantage of it for your own operation suggests what type of retailer you are.

Sometimes we keep complaining about trains as we watch another leave the station with us on the landing
We have found an interesting phenomina about some of our very old customers.

They come in to reframe the picture that they framed with up 20so years ago. The mat is faded, and the frame is "dated" and they no longer live in the larger house . . .

so could we redu it just a little smaller for the condo?

Print-canvase transfering the picture and treating it as a canvase without glass (80% UV in the vinyl laminate) gives the "Older" set four big advantages:

1) less glass glare about the condo which has a lot more window % then the older houses.

2) "seems" to brighten and clearify the picture.

3) Smaller "footprint" on the wall, because they have smaller and less walls.

4) Much Lighter in weight and therefore easier to move and carry.

5) The classic look of a "Painting" is just a bonus. :D
We sometimes create the painting look by mounting a poster print and then texturizing it with acrylic gel medium.