Introducing Belgian Linen
New to our range of printable fabrics is Belgian linen. Linen has multiple uses and our favourite is stretched over a frame just like a canvas.
The Belgian linen has a number of properties which makes it a fantastic choice and a definite alternative to canvas. The linen has a much coarser weave than canvas and provides a totally unique printing option.
It has an organic warmth not found with canvas. The Belgian linen is a highly textured coarse weave which allows light to pass through, when hanging flush against the wall however this is not noticeable. Similar to the cotton sheeting we offer, the Belgian linen does not print sharp crisp vibrant colours, it prints with more subdued tones. It also has a soft natural creamy base colour and is not bright white.
Use Belgian linen when you want to create a warm, organic feel to a room.
When using the linen we spray coat the linen with the same protective coating as the canvas. This gives the linen the same archival rating as our canvas – over 100yrs.
These 2 images below show the same image, one printed on Belgian linen and the other on Canvas.
Canvas Tip – Choosing a Photo for Belgian Linen
When choosing a photo to be printed and stretched on Belgian Linen it is important to understand the properties of the linen, as discussed above. Probably the most important feature is colour reproduction. Belgian linen will never give you a bright, vibrant colour result like you can expect from canvas, and although it is spray coated in the same laminate / varnish coating as the canvas the result is quite different. The laminate coating on the canvas acts to seal the ink to the canvas and protect the canvas from UV and abrasions. It also gives a really nice finish to the canvas – in either matt, satin or gloss. When the laminate coating is applied to the linen, it too acts to seal the ink to the fabric, however it soaks into the fabric and as such does not result in a nice lustre finish as with the canvas. In addition, linen is also more durable than canvas and less prone abrasion damage.
A Belgian linen print will result in a very textured piece for your wall. Choose photos that do not rely on sharp lines and fine detail. Don’t choose a photograph that needs vibrant colours to stand out.
If you’re not sure if your image will work well on Belgian linen, please upload your photo for some free advice and we will be able to advise you how well your photo will work once printed on linen.
Photography Tip – Wedding Photography 1
As it is the wedding season, this spring our photography tips will be based around wedding photography.
Tip 1: Photography in the church. Churches are usually quite dark and so you may find you will need a different setting on your camera, you will also need to use your flash (if you are allowed). If you can, use your flash. – ideally with a flash diffuser. If you can’t use your flash, use a tripod or a monopod (these are handy as they take up less space). If using simple point and shoot cameras set your camera setting to night time or low light photography. If using a camera with manual settings choose a fast lens, and use a higher ISO – but beware of colour noise if set too high, it is a balancing act.
Tip 2: Mix up your perspective. Don’t just take all the photos from the same perspective and angle, and don’t take all the photos holding your camera the same way. Mix it up a little, get down low, turn the camera sideways.
Tip 3: Paparazzi mode. Things happen quickly, and you don’t want to miss them. For important parts of the day where you don’t have the luxury of getting everyone to pose, try putting your camera on continuous shooting mode (this is where your camera takes many photos very quickly while holding your finger down). Word of warning, if you hold your finger down too long you will fill up your memory card and flatten your batteries very quickly –
Tip 4: Spares. Always remember to take spare camera batteries and memory cards.
Keep reading each month for new tips and exciting news.
Martin & Philippa & the team at ROC Gallery.
ROC Gallery + Print Studio
73a Macgregor Tce, Bardon 4065
Ph: 07 3368 1390
Fax: 07 3368 1790