We offer a number of different options for each artwork on this website, our objective is to offer every type of art style that our customers want, ranging from panoramic to landscape layouts through to the following media options.
Stretched Canvas Prints
What is a Stretched Canvas Print? A stretched canvas print is a type of artwork that involves printing designs onto canvas, then stretched the canvas over a wooden frame, the design/ photo is often wrapped around the edges of the frame as well as the front.
Blue Horizon Prints only use the best quality canvas, we use a 100% cotton 390gsm textured canvas. We only use the best quality canvas with our canvases being carefully selected and imported to provide the best surface for our prints. The 100% cotton canvas is of the very highest quality and made to last.
The 100% cotton gives the canvas a nice texture and what is often described as ‘personality’ that helps the colours to jump out when people think of canvas 100% cotton is what they normally think of, most paintings in galleries are cotton canvas. The downfall of cotton is that there is a slight variation between each print in terms of shade and colours however we think this adds character to each artwork and the canvas ALWAYS looks great!
The Poly-Cotton canvas is said to last longer (70 years instead of 60!) and is a little thicker and heavier at 430gsm, it has a much smoother texture but some printers prefer it as its cheaper and also more consistent is getting exactly the same tones. We prefer the texture and authentic look of the cotton and use it as the default but will happily print on either according to our customer’s preference.
Canvas is measured in GSM, which stands for grams per square metre. The rule of thumb is the higher the GSM, the better the quality as it means you get thicker, more durable canvas that can absorb more ink and laminate. While many department stores and other providers print anything down to 150gsm, here at Blue Horizon Prints we offer our customers nothing less than 390 GSM and often up to 430gsm! Ask other providers if they offer that!
What is Framed Print?
We print on the premium quality, award-winning fine art paper made of 100% cotton then mount the print onto a thick Australian made wooden frame; we offer a choice of a white or black frame or mahogany. The wooden frame is 30mm thick. Other frame options are available on request such as the gold frame shown in the example image. We use a high quality matt paper 160gsm for framing.
We make all the wooden frames in our Noosa, Queensland studio, each artwork is printed, framed, quality checked, carefully packaged then delivered ready to hang on the wall with all fittings.
We use a premium grade acrylic as opposed to glass for the framed prints, it looks as good as glass but ensures the art lasts longer and can be easily shipped.
We also offer 5 Mat colour options as standard, at no extra cost, white, black or cream plus other options of ‘no mat’, meaning the image runs all the way to the edge of the frame, plus a ‘printed border’ option which is increasingly more popular. Please note that for the XL Framed prints there is no mat as the mats aren’t manufactured in these sizes, and we don’t offer a card mat for the small size as the mat will take up too much space, not leaving enough room for the artwork.
Rolled Canvas Print
What is a Rolled Canvas? A rolled or un-stretched canvas is just the printed canvas without the wooden frame, it is delivered rolled ready to be framed your a local framer or draped as it is without a frame. Most people order rolled canvas prints for ease when moving them long distances for example overseas. For more information about rolled canvases see here.
Removable Wall Decals
What is a Wall Decal? Wall decals or otherwise known as wall stickers, wall murals, and vinyl stickers are removable vinyl wall art that is designed to be applied to walls. There are a number of different styles available in a range of sizes, from decals, which cover a section of a wall space and can vary in size enormously through to wall murals, which often cover the entire wall
Lustre Paper Prints
What is a Lustre Paper Print Lustre paper is a nice option if you’d like to frame the artwork yourself at home, we use 260gsm, high-quality photo lustre paper, its ideal for printing photographs on with a nice satin finish. Photo papers have more definition than matt or art papers due to the coating which enhances the image.
Floating Frames (Floater Frame)
What is a Floating Frame?
We use a 40x10mm L Shape hardwood moulding finished in a Matt Black or White Frame (we also offer a Raw Tasmanian timber option shown below, this isnt offered as a standard option as its more expensive and we would need to get the timber in for each order. Please note that these are not cheap, they are effectively a stretched canvas print AND a Framed Print together so double the work to create and double the materials however the final result is well worth the expense if you want a classic artwork that will last a lifetime.