I was asked by the lovely people at Canvas Online if I would like to receive and review one of their canvas prints.
At first I wasn’t sure what to say. My children are just moving into their teens and are less happy to pose for photos than they used to be. We don’t really have a happy family photo for this year.
Then I had a flash of inspiration. I have been doing some digital marketing work for the lovely Kim of Inspire by Kim over the past few months. I’ve been really attracted to and drawn by her quirky funky style. So I asked her nicely if I could use one of her designs on a canvas print in my office. She said yes and we chose this beauty.
You can make canvas prints from all kinds of images
“In my art I explore light, positive energy and inspiration. I created this artwork, titled ‘Power of Inspiration’, using brightly coloured and metallic inks on a Lino for a striking impactful effect. The inks emerge vibrant from the darkness, there’s a lot of darkness in modern life, but here the colours are winning, in a message of good times ahead. “
This really speaks to me – some of my regular readers will know that there have been some dark times for me too just recently, but I am looking forward to emerging vibrant from the darkness and letting my colours win too.
I expected that I might lose some of the immediacy and vibrancy of the brush strokes when this work was translated to canvas, but I still thought it would look lovely in my workspace, and hopefully inspire me towards a better 2017.
So I asked Kim to send me an ultra high resolution digital scan of the painting – she sent it to me on Monday 12th December, I placed the order by email and the courier tried to deliver the canvas on Thursday 15th December, finally reaching me on Friday 16th. Apparently if I had ordered before 12 noon I might have received it even sooner.
I was really happy to see that Canvas Online use one of the more reputable courier companies – when I was not there to receive the parcel on the 15th I got a card through the door with a tracking link, and they were able to give me an accurate hour slot for the planned delivery on the 16th. With all the horrors that I have experienced with courier companies over the Christmas period this was a very welcome surprise.
Canvas Online are also very competitive on price, they show a price comparison on the front page of their website. And yet they make very big claims as to the quality of their canvas prints too. I was wondering whether all this could be true.
So the parcel arrived, it was packaged very carefully – a double layer of corrugated cardboard on the outside revealing a cocoon of bubble wrap in the middle.
My first thoughts were surprise – my contact had promised me a 14 x 14 canvas, but the one that they sent was 20 x 20. I didn’t actually place a written order though – I’m presuming that this was just the lovely people trying to deliver more for their review blogger, than any kind of mistake.
So here is my canvas, and I have to say I am impressed
Even though it is a flat canvas print it still looks to me like a painting because the brush strokes look so realistic. The colours look like they are leaping off the page and the print has all of the energy of the original painting.
The canvas is stretched lovely and taut over the pine frame,
The back of the canvas is finished beautifully with wedges in the corners
And they included a hanging kit as well
This 20 x 20 print would have cost me £25.99 from Canvas Online – if I had bought two of them I would have benefited from their free shipping over £50 offer. They are also currently running a voucher code where you can get 20% off those prices using the code DISCO20
But even at those low prices, I have to say they have really delivered on the quality of the print, the packaging and also the speed of arrival. I would definitely recommend Canvas Online to any of my friends who were looking to purchase canvas prints.
As for me, I’m looking forward to hanging my nice new print up in my office. I think it looks lovely with my yellow walls. And here is as much of my teenager as she will allow me to show!