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How to Print your own Mini Canvas Artwork

How to Print your own Mini Canvas Artwork


Whether you're selling replicas of your artwork, or simply want to decorate your room, Print-On Canvas Paper is an excellent way to do this using your home or office Inkjet Printer. Available in A4 and US Letter, to A3 and 11" x 17". Print-On Canvas is a specially designed material that mimics the texture and appearance of a traditional artist canvas.


Print-On Papers come either pre-adhesive-backed or without adhesive, available in various materials. You can paint onto these papers and sew, or cut out custom stickers, but today we will show you how to print out your own mini canvases using adhesive backed Print-On Canvas Paper.




Materials Needed:

  • Inkjet Printer
  • Scissors, Craft Knife or Cutting Machine.
  • Ruler (for measuring and drawing cutting lines)
  • Canvas, Canvas Frame, or similar.


You may want to measure the canvas if the dimensions were not provided.


Step 1: Print 

Optional: You can customize the frame! If you want the image to wrap around the sides of the canvas, and not end at the edge, you can include this in your print.



Make trim marks so that we know where to cut.

Illustrator:    Object > Create Trim Marks
InDesign:    Scripts > Application > Samples > Javascript > CropMarks.jsx
CorelDraw:    Tools > Macros > Run Macro > Macros in: "CropMarks"


    You can also draw them on after printing, if you find this easier.


    Print-On Papers do not need to be mirrored.


    We recommend printing on a blank sheet of plain paper first to make sure the image size is correct.



      Make sure your Inkjet Printer Settings have been set accordingly:


      PAPER TYPE: Premium Glossy Paper, Label Paper (175g or more) / Thick Paper / Decal Paper.

      Maximum Photo Resolution.


      We advise you to use the manual feed in your printer (not the paper tray).

      Print on the canvas side of the paper.



      If you printed without trim marks, then draw on the lines using a pen or pencil.


      Step 2: Cut


      Cut these out using a cutting machine, craft knife, or scissors.


      Don't forget to cut the corners.



      Your Canvas Sticker is now ready.
      You can store it away in an airtight bag or use right away.


      Step 3: Apply


      No glue is necessary, Print-On comes pre-adhesive-backed.



      Peel away the backing and rest on the table with the sticky side facing up.



      Carefully align and place the mini canvas down onto your canvas sticker.

      You can then pull up the sides and press them against the canvas frame.


      Optional: If you applied onto a rough, porous or uneven surface, you can massage the sticker down if you want to make sure the sticker is extra secure




      Optional: You can give the canvas a clear coat to provide stain resistance and match other real canvases. Typically professional painters cover their canvas with an acrylic clear coat spray. You can do the same, to provide a more mattified or glossier finish.


      You can also do this whole process with Print-On Cotton Paper, creating a fabric material sticker for a very unique feeling canvas.


      Will this work with Laser Printers?

      We don't recommend it. The fusers inside Laser Printers are not designed to work with Fabric materials. However, you can achieve similar results using Rub-On Transfer Paper, also available as Rub-On Metallic. It will create an ultra-thin sticker with a paper-like matte finish, that you can apply onto surfaces. However application onto canvas using Rub-On may require a little extra work to massage it into the contours of the canvas.



      If you want to make your canvas more durable, stain resistant or match the finish of a real canvas, you can use coatings such as Clear Acrylic Sealant, Clear Polyurethane Spray. This will protect it and allows you to make the finish glossier or more mattified.


      How can I improve image quality?

      600 DPI (Dots Per Inch) is plentyful. However if you want even richer colors and detail, a higher DPI printer will pack more pigment into an area with fewer gaps between the toner (dots). This is often unnecessary unless working on very tiny transfers (miniatures and dioramas), however is noticible side by side.



      Store the remaining papers in a dark cool place.
      Preferrably under 60°C (140°F).




      If you have any questions, difficulties or need some advice, feel free to contact us. We'll be more than happy to help.