Dye-Sublimation Canvas Art featuring: Marvel

A while back we moved into a great new space here in the Silicon Valley. We really got lucky – this place is a huge blank canvas that beckons us to turn our work space into a sublimation playground. Each week we find ourselves scrumming over what products to put up on the wall and what themes we are going to use.

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You’ve all seen our Octopus wall where we sublimated 120 tiles to make one large octopus. Now we turn our sights to the upcoming holiday Free Comic Book Day, something us Silicon Valley locals tend to get a little obsessed with. Instead of handing out free comics to the staff we opted to turn 21 blank canvases into an homage to our favorite Marvel comic heroes.

The Heroes

So many heroes to choose from. For our cast we did the following:

  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Black Widow
  • Thor
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Black Panther
  • Hawkeye
  • Luke Cage
  • Captain Marvel
  • Hulk
  • Ant-man and Wasp
  • Vision
  • Beast
  • Wolverine
  • Spider-man
  • Falcon
  • Dead-Pool  
  • The Fantastic Four
  • Daredevil
  • Dr. Strange

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The Process

After selecting our cast of characters, we chose 21 comic book covers that featured each character with one requirement – the covers have to look great on our white display wall. We chose white as our wall color since most art galleries prefer to display artwork on white. For these comic book covers and future pieces of work we plan to display, white makes the most sense. It’s clean like our white sublimation mugs.

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Finding the exact comics our team wanted could have been pretty pricey so we opted to test on what was available on Google. For best results we recommend heading to your nearest comic shop and buying a few copies that you can take photos for reprinting.  

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Once we had our comic covers selected we set out to do a bit of color profiling to ensure the color on the monitor matched what was printed. Our resident design artist Julio was able to test a few samples of our selection to see how well we could match black, one of the hardest color profiles to get right. It took us a few tests to ensure accuracy but the results were great. We were able to produce the canvas prints within a few hours and were ready to assemble  the canvas to our stretcher bars.

 

Framing

If you’re new to canvas framing and you’re doing this at home the hardest part of the process is getting the canvas to stretch over the stretcher bars. This may take a few attempts so we recommend having a few backup stretcher bars to make all your mistakes on. The process looks like this:

  1. Staple your frame size together
  2. Place canvas face down over a glass top table if possible.
  3. Use a light underneath the table to ensure you can see the image from behind.
  4. Mark where you want the frame to fit on the image. Keep in mind you will need to stretch the image.
  5. Start with the top of the Canvas by pulling it over the wooden frame so the frame aligns with the areas marked.
  6. Staple that section and make sure the canvas is flush to the frame.
  7. From the bottom repeat but this time you will need to stretch the canvas some so that the material is tight.
  8. Repeat the same process from left to right while ensuing your image is still aligned.

Watch the process here.

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Sublimated canvases are a great and affordable way to style an office space or living space. They are easy to make or you can by them pre-made by our friends at Imagine Your Photos. Canvases are one of the many trending products in the sublimation textile industry, a market that produces 30 billion square meters of material volume on an annual basis worldwide. The reason it’s growing so fast is that textile sublimation provides rapid customization of unique household and office products as well as clothing.

If you’re looking for more trends in the dye-sublimation market feel free to contact us or stop by our home office for a tour of our sublimation innovations. With 25 years of experience in R&D for sublimation blanks you can trust us to know hot and what’s not.

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