Friday, November 24, 2017


It's here, our biggest sale event of the year! Until Sunday at midnight (Nov 26), take 35% OFF regular priced canvas and fine art prints! Enter BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Snap up those custom Christmas gifts now!


KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such as scanningdry mounting, and dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!). Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Monday, October 30, 2017

New Product - Fabric Printing is Available!

It's finally here!

You've asked, we listened, and now we finally have it: dye-sublimated fabric printing is now available!

Using our Epson SureColor, we can now print your graphics and images in stunning, vivid color, and sublimate them onto your choice of 5 different kinds of fabric. Through heat and pressure, the inks are absorbed into the very threads of the synthetic fibres, dye-ing them directly. This ensures that the printed graphic will not flake off, as the colors have been infused into the fabric itself. Perfect for branding T-Shirts, athletic wear, patterned quilts and dresses, pillows, and banners!

Available Fabric Types:

Fabric Type Composition Weight Properties Applications

Brushed Poly/Spandex 86% polyester, 14% spandex 200 gsm wicking yarn, brushed back, very soft hand athletic wear – zip-up jackets, leggings and yoga pants

ChitoSante Extreme 92% polyester, 8% spandex 255 gsm antibacterial, wicking yarn, UPF protection yoga pants, leggings, polo shirts, dresses, long sleeve shirts, zip-up jackets, shorts, dancewear

ChitoSante Interlock 100% polyester 145 gsm antibacterial, wicking yarn, UPF protection tank-tops, t-shirts, skirts, dresses, tablecloths, lining, baby wraps

Microfibre Fine Twill 100% polyester 115 gsm water resistant, peached face, soft hand shirts, dresses, skirts, bags, banners, flags, tablecloths

Polyester Twill 100% polyester 220 gsm no special properties bags, banners, shorts, pants and tablecloth

Please note that we do not print on cotton materials (or any third party supplied material), as the dye-sublimation process can only work on synthetic polyester. This is due to the lack of pores found in natural materials such as cotton; without the pores, the inks would not be able to saturate into the fabric.

Please also note that the cartridges do not use white ink, and that any white in the original image will be the colour of the substrate onto which the dye ink is transferred.

For more information, visit our website today!


KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Upcoming Metro Vancouver Art Events and Christmas Fairs 2017

Another happy Friday hello to all our artists, photographers and crafters out there! It's getting to be that time of the year again: Christmas season is one of the best times for creatives to sell their wares, and various craft and art festivals have opened their submission dates! We've listed some calls for artists that seem particularly interesting below ...we don't want you to miss out on any chances to sell or exhibit your work!

For the next two months, watch the submission dates for the following art and craft events in the Vancouver + neighboring areas:

Winter Treasures, The Fine Art of Holiday Giving: OCT 16 

Show & Sale Runs: November 9, 2017 - December 21, 2017

Port Moody Arts Centre is celebrating the holiday season with our much anticipated 4th annual Winter Treasures. It is an elegant, boutique style, show and sale. We invite artists and artisans in all media to submit 2D and 3D artwork and fine craft that is suitable for holiday gift giving. Previous shows have included painting, printmaking, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, stone, glass, ceramics, as well as textile and leatherwork. Preference will be given to smaller works in a variety of price ranges up to $500.00. Artists will be encouraged to replenish sold artwork during the run of the show.

ACT Art Gallery Ensemble 2017: OCT 16
The ACT Art Gallery invites artists working at all levels, and in all mediums, to submit for consideration a small collection of artwork (an ensemble) for this year’s Ensemble show. Now in its 8th year, the concept of this exhibition is to give each artist the opportunity to show a small collection of artworks that are related by one or several unifying elements such as theme, medium, size, etc. In addition, size specifications as outlined in the guidelines must be strictly observed.

Semiahmoo Holiday Market: NOV 2
All crafters and artisans are welcome to participate in our Holiday Art Market in the contemporary Turnbull Gallery in South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre.  The South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre is a fully accessible hub for health, wellness and creativity for everyone in the community from preschool to seniors.

Annonymous Art Show (North Vancouver)OCT 28

The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very excited to announce the 13th Annual “Anonymous Art Show”.  This group exhibition and fundraising event will include the work of emerging and established artists, strictly 2D on unframed 8” x 8” x 1½” back stapled canvas or wood cradle panel.
Artists are encouraged to participate in this worthwhile event as it is a significant fundraiser for the many valuable community programmes, projects and events of the Arts Council. Artists are required to sign only the back of the canvas as the paintings are displayed anonymously. Each piece is priced at $100. Sales are divided 50/50 between the artist and the NVCAC.  Purchased paintings are immediately taken off the wall and given to the purchaser. In its place a sold tag will reveal the artist’s name.

Place Des Arts Christmas Boutique:  OCT 29
Each November and December, Place des Arts’ Artisan Shop expands into a fine craft market: The Christmas Boutique. Offering holiday shoppers a veritable Aladdin’s cave of glittering bobbles and delightful seasonal gifts, the Christmas Boutique is the perfect place to find beautifully handcrafted, locally made artisan wares. 

If you're in need of any products to sell, we have some suggestions below:

At KeenART, we have 8x8 inch Wood Panel Profile available at special price of $5.70 that is ready to be shipped out from or picked up today at our production centre in Burnaby.

8x8 inch Wood Panel Profile
A wood surface suited for arts and crafts or anything imaginable. These Hardboard Panels offer an archival alternative to stretched canvas. This rigid support is best for non flexible media such as tempera, and casein paints or even Resin Coatings

1½" deep base, 1-5/8" final depth
3mm or 1/8" Baltic Birch plywood Surface


Fine Art Scans -

When you have your final artwork is completed and ready to be dropped off at the gallery, consider having it scanned for reproduction pieces in the future.

8" x 8" Scan on a DVD @ 300 DPI Scan    $35.00 
8" x 8" Scan on a DVD @ 600 DPI Scan    $61.00

Fine Art Prints & Greeting Cards

Did you know we print on greeting cards as well as fine art prints? We do indeed! Our most popular sizes are the 5x7 folded cards, which are printed with our Epson printer on excellent archival card paper. They come in matte, glossy, or linen texture...and include the envelope as well!

Need anything else? We can help! Check out our website for an assortment of canvas and giclee fine art printing services, as well as other products such as wood panels and display racks. 

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

This graphic was made with photography by Patrick Fore

From all of us here at VancouverOnCanvas, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! May you be surrounded by your loved ones and filled up with the best of food!

A reminder that we will not be open on Monday, October 9th for the holiday. Our doors open again Tuesday October 10th at 8:30AM. See you then!


KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such as scanningdry mounting, and dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!). Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Engagement Photography You Must See

While its coldness and wetness are not ideal, autumn is one of our favourite seasons for photography. All the richness in the red and gold hues make for a visually stunning and fantastically romantic photograph. With warm, complimenting colors like ochre, ombre, and oak, autumn is a perfect backdrop for that woodland fantasy engagement photoshoot!

To show you what we mean, here are some of our favorite photos of autumn photography. Some are rich and darkly beautiful, like something out of a epic faery movie, while others are bright, refreshing and breezy. Hopefully these will give you some ideas for your own autumn themed engagement shoots!

Tatiana and Jamie, from PolkaDotBrides. Photographed by Love, Katie & Sarah.

I absolutely love the soft, slightly out of focus styles like these. And matching her scarf with the leaves? Spot. On.

Billy and Lynsey. Photographed by Cork Creative
Okay, not going to lie, I am an absolute sucker for epic photography like this. I love how the sunlight is right above them, as though they're love is the gold magic that is surrounding them. <3 p="">

Haley and Kevin, by Kristine Paulsen Photography 
Not all fall photography has to be super bright red and gold either. I love the cooler, brisker palette that Kristine Paulsen uses for her photo of Haley and Kevin. It's natural and sweetly romantic.

Fall Foliage Engagement Session - Betsy and Kurt by Steven Dray Images

Loving the versatility that Steven Dray shows in his photographs! Whether you're in the forest, park, or city, fall can be such a fantastic backdrop no matter where you are.

Karishma's Engagement Ring, by

You can't have an engagement shoot without one beautiful shot of the ring. And who says it has to be sunny for an epic, romantic photo?

Karishma and Adam, by

Photos by Arlene Chambers Photography
I love how beautifully framed these shots are. Naturally symmetrical and also subtly symbolic - with love-red leaves evoking a wedding archway, while the green path leads us to imagine their future together as a couple.<3 .="" p="">
Larken Photography
How could I not feature this one? So soft, so epic, powerful in its simplicity.

And there you have it, our best picks for autumn engagement photography. Have a local photographer you'd like to recommend us? Hit us up, we'd love to do a feature!

 And if are a photographer or bride/groom looking to have your engagement photos printed, we can absolutely help you! Our wide selection of photographic and fine art paper will fit any style or mood, with ink that is rich in color and beautifully and precisely saturated. Call us today!


VancouverOnCanvas is a local printing, framing, fine arts and reproduction company. We also supply artist materials such as custom canvases, primed and unprimed, as well as stretcher barswood panels, etc. Check out our supply section today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Everyone Ready for #Inktober?

It's that time of the year again! For artists looking to practice their craft, Inktober is just around the corner.

There are many ways an artist go about Inktober. Traditionally it was meant to be in full black and white, but I don't see why it can't be in color either. After all, a lot of line art these days require more subtle hues depending on the style and subject being drawn, and thankfully ink comes in many different forms.

Example of an inked artwork fro JetPens

So here are some of our thoughts regarding materials used for Inktober:

Use dip pens with acrylic ink because hello they are so pretty!!

FW Acrylic Ink - watercolor-like fluidity and transparency but permenant

I honestly think watercolor should count as part of this challenge too, because you also "ink" and outline in watercolor pieces.

Inktober submission by WeThree3 and done in watercolors

This is my favorite watercolor brand to "ink" with.

Kuretaki Gambi watercolors. Super pigmented and affordable, and easy to load onto an ink pen via a brush.

Finally, of course, there are colored fine liners and Sakura micron pens. They should also totally count.

So those are some of our thoughts and feelings about the whole #inktober controversy. Ultimately, the spirit of the challenge is to practice drawing with commitment - as in, to practice what you're doing (with whatever medium you're working with) but also with a certain permanence (like what ink does). The permanence forces you to work with mistakes, encourages acceptance and drives you to complete a piece completely and authentically, without losing motivation due to perfectionism. So whether you're doing your pieces in ink, on the computer or by paint, commit to finishing your work with no "edits" - no restarting, no erasing, no cover-up. It is what it is, and be proud of it!

And if you feel proud of your piece enough to commemorate it, we offer scanning, printing and framing services! Our huge selection of fine art papers will suit any medium or illustration style, from bright, smooth matte paper for clean, crisp graphics, to textured German Etching paper to capture that watercolor texture and authenticity. We also print on metallic and gloss paper, to give your work a bit of sheen and shine.

Call us today, and happy  #inktober or #practicetober!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Friday, September 22, 2017

Our New Epson Printer is Here!

Hello all!

Have we got great news here at KeenArt Media, specially for those of your who are monochromatic photographers! We have just bought a brand new printer for all our Giclee needs - and it's the renowned Epson SureColor P20000!

 The Epson SureColor is faster, more efficient, and crisper in its precision. Its printer head measure 2.64 inches and prints at resolutions up to 2400x1200 dpi. It is also features the first pigment ink set  with four levels of gray ink, such as Gray, Light Gray, Dark Gray and Black to provide smoother transitions and rich details for monochromatic grayscale prints. This also lessons potential noise and bronzing during output.

Here is the official spec listing from the Epson website below:

The all-new 44” Epson SureColor P10000 and 64” Epson SureColor P20000 are the successors to one of the most widely used fine art printers ever developed – the Epson Stylus® Pro 11880.

Designed for high-production photographic, fine art and indoor display graphics printing, we’ve incorporated newly-developed imaging technologies – including an all-new high-performance 2.6” wide Epson PrecisionCore® MicroTFP® print head. Along with an all-new Epson UltraChrome PRO nine-color pigmented ink set – including four levels of gray – the all-new SureColor P10000 and SureColor P20000 are the ultimate production tools for the demanding requirements of high-production color and black-and-white fine art printmaking.

Including advanced media handling options from cut sheet to roll, from plain papers to photographic, fine art, and even 1.5 mm thick poster boards, the new Epson SureColor P10000 and SureColor P20000 redefine the state of the art in wide format, high-production photographic imaging applications.

So if you've got a b/w photograph or detailed artpiece in your collection, now's the perfect time to get it printed.  Upload your photo and select from our large collection of canvas and fine art prints to make the most out of our new Epson printer!


KeenArt Media is an online fine art printing and framing company, specializing in canvas, archival and photographic prints and reproductions. We are proud to serve and support artists from all over Canada. 

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART) 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday