Everything You Need to Know About Acrylic Glass Prints

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Choosing the perfect wall art for your home is just the first step in your decorating campaign. Once you’ve decided on the perfect piece, you’ll have to decide how you’ll want it hung and presented on your wall. You have two options: either feature the art on canvas or as an acrylic glass print.

While your first choice may be to go with canvas, it’s also a good idea to consider what acrylic glass prints have to offer in terms of décor, image quality, and durability.

In this post, The Canvas Art Factory discusses everything you need to know about acrylic glass prints.

What is Acrylic?

Poly (methyl methacrylate), better known as acrylic, is a transparent thermoplastic material that’s widely used as an alternative to regular glass and polycarbonate thermoplastic polymers. Although classified as a type of glass (and is often called as such), it’s not silica-based and offers more shatter resistance at a lighter weight than actual glass.

Underwater aquarium tunnels, such as the one in The Aquarium of Western Australia, are made from acrylic glass – a testament to the material’s durability and resistance even under pressure.

Acrylic has become more ubiquitous than the glass it’s replaced over the years, and it’s used for a variety of everyday and specialised products. These include signs, lenses and screens and even windscreens for cars.

Unlike other plastics, acrylic also has greater light transmission. It allows more light to pass through it than real glass, which is why it’s seen greater use as an alternative to window glass and as the primary material for wall art prints.

How Do Acrylic Glass Prints Work?

There are two methods of how acrylic glass prints are made. The first is a process called face mounting which involves printing the art onto a sheet of paper that will be placed under a layer of acrylic.

The second method involves directly printing the image on the surface of the glass and is what use at The Canvas Art Factory. Acrylic has greater light transmission and this allows light to refract better on its surface, giving your chosen wall art better substance, depth, and more vibrant colours.

Canvas or Acrylic Glass?

Picking the best treatment for your new wall art might seem tricky considering both canvas and acrylic have their strengths and areas they

The general décor of your room is another important consideration to take note of as your new wall will ultimately serve as the focal point of the space. Acrylic glass prints feel better at home in rooms that are more spacious and have plenty of lighting (natural or otherwise). The larger wall spaces will provide better backdrops for the glass-printed wall art while the availability of light sources will further enhance its colours.

Image Quality

Wall art prints with vivid colours look particularly spectacular when printed on acrylic glass.
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Acrylic glass prints are the way to go if your photo, fine art reproduction, or wall art print features bright and bold colours. Thanks to the material’s light capturing properties, art printed on acrylic glass will have enhanced colours and will appear more vibrant and luminous. Examples include Pop Art and Art Nouveau prints, as well as landscape photos that feature a lot of natural lighting. As for canvas, we recommend it if your choice of wall art has a more subtle finish such as watercolour or oil paints as the material mimics their qualities better than glass.

Room Décor

Good lighting is a must when displaying acrylic glass prints.
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The general décor of your room is another important consideration to take note of as your new wall will ultimately serve as the focal point of the space. Acrylic glass prints feel better at home in rooms that are more spacious and have plenty of lighting (natural or otherwise). The larger wall spaces will provide better backdrops for the glass-printed wall art while the availability of light sources will further enhance its colours.

Durability

Acrylic glass prints beat canvas easily in terms of sheer durability, which is why we highly recommend it if you’re housing your new wall art where there’s a lot of activity and environmental factors. These include game rooms, kitchens and bath areas, and any room that experiences a lot of foot traffic.

Environmental factors which prevent you from hanging art in places like the bathroom or kitchen don’t affect acrylic glass.
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The natural properties of acrylic give it superior resistance towards hits and knocks, moisture damage, and exposure to harsh UV light. Acrylic glass is also scratch-resistant and can survive accidental knockdowns without shattering.


At The Canvas Art Factory, we offer both canvas and acrylic glass prints. If you’re not sure which one to choose for your new wall art, we recommend you give us a call on +61 7 3383 2880 or visit our showroom to learn more. We offer a wide selection photo prints, painting and fine art reproductions for your home.