Info for Artists

Hello! Here's a couple of videos to show template + canvas. 

Details below, but the main points here are:

  • You are composing for 3 different layouts:

    • Original canvas,

    • skinny long print, and

    • print-goes-around-urn. 

  • Metallics and shiny finishes may not translate well into print.

  • The template is to show you how the print will go around the box: your art is bigger.

Your canvas should be 45" x 24" total fabric, and a 3" border of that (all the way around) is for the nice framing people to have something to grab on to.

So of your (45" x 24") canvas your art area is 39" x 18". If you want to go over that a bit that's fine ... like when you have the "bleed" area on a print.

Once you've done your piece & sent it back I'll take several pictures of it and merge them to make a high resolution image file of your work. Metallics and shiny finishes may not show up as nicely, and probably won't come out looking anywhere near as good in a print as they do in real life.



From this image file I will crop out a section to send to the printer for the urn print.

That's what the template is for... it shows you the area I am going to crop. Not the tab bits... but the main long rectangle.

Your challenge here is to deal with 3 different compositions on the same piece:

  • the original art (39" x 18") on canvas

  • the prints that people can share with friends and family (the long rectangle)

  • and the fact that the print rectangle gets wrapped around a box... which changes things. Like: you can only see 2 sides at once. What do you want on the front of the urn? How are the colors going to match up when the seams join at the back? Are all the important parts of your composition in the "urn" area? Nothing getting chopped off with the crop?


A last thought is: can someone add some text? We can photoshop in a poem or prayer or whatever before it goes to print. No limits on font or color or how many words...  and the writing could wrap around the urn or we can add a faded-out area. Up to you if you'd like to play with that idea.

The template has the corner marks for the Bamboo urn, which I think will be the more popular one... but I also have an Aspen urn which has, of course, slightly different proportions. Darn it. The tabs are just so you can tape it to your piece if you want and mark lines... chop them off if you don't want them or they are just confusing.

If your composition is forgiving of where the corners actually are... that's probably safer :-)

If you are in any doubt, please call. And most of all... enjoy painting! Your work is for meaningful connection and love, respect and claiming our passions and our joy in people who live colorful lives.

- Love, Paula

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Dead Gorgeous Box designs and creates custom artistic urns and caskets in Chicago. We primarily sell to funeral directors.


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