Friday, February 17, 2017

Artist Spotlight: CocoBee

Art as true therapy...

Here at VancouverOnCanvas, most of the staff are artistic enthusiasts. Some of us have animated, others painted, some sketched, etc. As such, we are always looking for inspiration that really resounds with us, and when we came across CocoBee's work, we knew we had to share.

Abstract Dance Watercolors by CocoBee.

Whether you do art as a hobby or as a profession, there is no doubt the experience is resonating, and extremely reflective, deep. It's no surprise that art often implemented as a means of therapy, and CocoBee's pieces, through her videos and music, truly captures the process of both artistic and self exploration.

A unique Youtube star, she combines her colorful abstract painting videos with soothing instrumentals, and a poetic narration of her thoughts and feelings as she delves through the work. The result is a deeply personal and wholly vibrant connection - from her, to the piece, to us.

Here, a snippet of her work(ing)...

Fine Art PrintingInspired? At VancouverOnCanvas we offer fine art printing and framing in a wide selection of paper styles and frames. We also scan originals so that you can enjoy the beauty of their colors on each individual paper texture for years to come. Printed with archival inks, their brilliance is built to remain. To evoke that beautiful subtle watercolor texture, we recommend the Hahnemuhle German Etching. Simply sensuous!

Would you like to be featured on our blog, or know an artist you'd like us to share? We'd love to get to know you and your thoughts! Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

On this special day...

For those of you who have ordered some special thoughtful gifts from us for today, thank you letting us help make your day truly special. From all of us here at VancouverOnCanvas / KeenArt Media, we hope your day is filled with love and joy.

Check out our Ideas Gallery for that next big special day!
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, February 13, 2017

Happy Family Day

Happy Family Day everyone! Although it looks too cold to take a walk along English Bay, we hope you have a great time with all your friends and loved ones today!

Looking for a family photo to hang on that wall? Whether it's professionally photographed or a selfie from your cellphone camera, at VancouverOnCanvas we can print full, large size canvases of your favorite family photos. Visit here for more details!

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 

Friday, February 10, 2017

New Sample Paper Pack is Out! ($29 + Shipping)

As fine artists and designers ourselves, we understand the need for papers that can display colors with accuracy and precision. We also understand that supplying sample sets with one particular image doesn't fully illustrate how that material will work with your image. Which is why are now ...

Introducing our new Sample Paper Packs, complete with 3 different types of images to help you better visualize how your print will look, printed on 14 different types of materials. We've even added a Granger Rainbow Chart, as well as RGB, CMYK and Grayscale swatches. The complete pack is now available at an introductory price of $29, + shipping and handling ($19).

Your pack will include the following paper types:

Fine Art
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Photo Rag 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Textured German Etching 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, William Turner 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Fine Art Baryta 
  • Fine Art - Moab - Entrada Rag Bright 
  • Fine Art - Moab - Entrada Rag Natural  
  • Photographic Paper - Metallic Paper 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Luster 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Glossy 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Semigloss 
  • Coated Paper - Enhanced Matte
Synthetic Textiles
  • Fabric - Satin Cloth
  • Fabric Removable Adhesive - Peel n' Stick
  • Canvas
And a bonus: should your order of a sample pack result in a new print order of $99 and above, we'll reimburse the $19 shipping as credit towards your new order!

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 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spotlight: 3D Resining

A little patience goes a long way...

It's no surprise that resined art pieces garner all the love and attention that they get...their glossy coats glimmer as you pass, they're hardy and pristine like a knight in polished transparent armor, and their ability to saturate colors just them that extra WOW factor.

A canvas print coated with resin at our shop

But this effect comes at the cost of great time, delicacy and patience...due to the resin's thick liquid consistency and chemical make-up, it requires some time to fully dry (anywhere from an afternoon to several days, depending on the size of the image!), and the right environment to let it properly cure.

Which makes what Riusuke Fukahori does with his art pieces especially mindblowing.


At first glance these pieces look like real fishes that have been captured by resin. Upon further inspection, it's logical to assume that perhaps these are not real fish, but beautifully carved 3D fish that have had resin poured on top. ....Nope!

Using painstaking patience and incredible detail, Riusuke Fukahori paints each three-dimensional goldfish upon a slice of resin. Like microscopic slides, he paints what they would look like if sliced at that level, pours another layer of resin on top (and waits for it to cure!) before continuing with another layer of paint.

Watch his incredible process video here:

Looking to get something resined? Although we offer what Riusuke Fukahori does,  at VancouverOnCanvas we do offer resin as an add-on when for your canvas prints and mounted photo prints. We can add resin in 3 different sheets of coating:
  • 1 coating (1/16" thick)
  • 2 coatings (1/8" thick)
  • 3 coatings (1/4" thick)
You can check out our price calculator for resin here!

Looking to try the technique above? (Kudos to you!) We also sell resin in jugs, which you can pick up at our in-store location.

EX-74 UV Resistant Epoxy Polymer
EX-74 is an extremely clear, tough, high gloss surface coating formulated to produce a deep glass like appearance in a single layer on a sealed surface.

If you have any other ideas for using resin with your projects, let us know! We'd love to hear what you're up to. You can always reach us for at to discuss your ideas, or head over to  to if you're all set to go. Happy resin-ing!

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, January 27, 2017

Happy Lunar New Year + Valentine's Coupon Code!

 Hello everyone, and a happy Lunar New Year to all!

As January winds down, another special day is peeking over the horizon - Valentine's! If you're planning on ordering something bespoke for your beloved, we've got a coupon code here to help:

Use our coupon code MYLOVE at checkout, and receive 20% off all regular priced canvas prints + art prints. Perfect for commemorating those travel photos of your journeys together, or transforming a couple of snuggling selfies from Instagram into memorable, celebratory pieces of art.

Or if you want to go above and beyond, you can go cloud-nine with a few heartfelt word clouds:

If you have any other ideas for a unique canvas gift, let us know! We'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas. You can always reach us for at to discuss your ideas, or head over to  to VancouverOnCanvas if you're all set to go. See you soon!

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, January 20, 2017

New Year, New Beginnings!

Happy Friday and a (belated, but very) Happy New Year from all of us at Vancouver on Canvas...we're so excited and looking forward to another year with all of you guys and assisting in your creative pursuits! And with new beginnings come some new changes...a slight revamp of the blog, a few new specials here and there - and of course, new products and services, such as our new dye-sublimation machine!

We've heard your requests and now we're finally ready to roll this baby out! After a few months of test-printing and tweaking, we've finalized and expanded our set of materials and sizes for our dye sublimation service. Now not only do we do printing onto birchwood panels, but we also do printing onto metal, mdf plaques...and even circular metal!

General rules of thumbs with dye-sublimation - due to its transparency capabilities, printing onto wood or metal can yield a beautiful myriad of the textures underneath. That being said, birchwood or gloss clear metal would look excellent with landscapes and scenery, but is not recommended for portraiture.

To keep the printing opaque when printing on metal, simply select gloss white instead. This will create a super bright, saturated, and glassy effect not unlike plexi facemounting, without the added weight or heft.

Gloss white on the left; gloss clear on the right. While initially darker, when light strikes the gloss clear, the colors are even more vibrant and saturated. 

If you any questions regarding dye-sublimation, please feel free to ask us, or head over to our resources section for more info!