Naturally, this subject is very close to my heart. Well, it is what I make after all!
Before the renaissance period (1400-1700) most all paintings were done on solid mediums, such as wood. Did you know the Mona Lisa was on wood and not canvas? Nowadays almost all canvas's are stretched on stretcher bars of some description. However, do you know how vital the wood behind the canvas is to the overall perception and longevity of your canvas? A good retailer should be able at the very least to tell you the type of wood they are stretching their canvas over.
I'm not going to delve into too much detail here, it can get very detailed (and boring) but it's very important when printing canvas. If you think that all of the colours on the image on your phone or computer screen are going to be identical to the colours on the printed canvas of the same image, you might have a bad time.
If that killer little black dress you wore to the party looks like a killed grey dress from a depressing black and white film then the colour management of the person printing your digital image may be to blame, or, as in the majority of cases, your own computer screen is to blame.
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Tim Jones is one of the three owners of Wunderbars Limited. He's a little bit (very) obsessed with canvas stretching.