metal wave wall art, beach prints on wood
Wave art brings a sense of serenity to households and offices alike. Now, you can take it a step further and customize it to fit your design vibes by having your favorite piece reproduced in different print mediums. Wave artist Shaun Thomas now offers his modern wave prints in wood, canvas, and metal prints. His pieces combine a vintage surf art aesthetic with a minimalistic aesthetic that brings an elegant, yet relaxed feel to any space.  Because each print medium offers a different finish, it is important to understand how each of them works and what they offer. That is why we will cover the different ways in which you can print Shaun’s art and how to choose the one that is right for your design needs.   

A Brief Overview of wave art Mediums 

The first question that might come to mind is, what is a print medium? Generally, when talking about print mediums one refers to ink on paper, the first and customary way of printing. Examples include magazines, books, illustrations, flyers, and newspapers. In other words, any word or illustration that is printed on different types of paper.  Nowadays you have many options as technology has come a long way. There are several different mediums you can print your work on, like canvas, aluminum, and wood. Each one has a different finish, feel, and of course, price range.  

Most affordable | CANVAS Prints

Canvas is the most affordable printing medium. It can be ordered in two different ways. The first option is a Rolled Canvas, which is simply when the piece is printed on the canvas and rolled in a tube for shipping. This option is the most common for international shipping and makes it much more affordable. Once received, you can then get it framed or wrapped around stretcher bars with a local professional of your choice.  The second option is called a Wrapped Canvas, which is when the canvas is stretched over stretcher bars and shipped to the customer. This means that the print is ready to hang as soon as it arrives. The cool thing about printing on canvas is that Shaun added a real wood grain effect into each design. This gives the canvas prints the same look and feel as a wood print while being a much more affordable product. These canvas surf prints are also more colorful and vibrant in color. If a customer is looking to brighten up their space, Shaun recommends the canvas or metal prints over the wood. However, it is important to keep in mind that both canvas and wood should only be used indoors.  

Earthy, Warm & Organic | WOOD PRINTS

Starting out creating wave art sculptures, Shaun turned his original works into a line of printed artwork that has become more easily collected nationwide. Sticking with the theme, he used to only offer his beach prints on wood. His subtle minimalist designs are complemented with a unique wood grain pattern which creates a vivid skyline or wavy water effect throughout each print. With the translucent ink on the surface of the wood, allowing the wood grain pattern to show through, these prints are more muted in color and have a warm, earthy and organic look and feel. After testing on different species of wood over the years, Shaun now uses the highest grade white birch plywood medium. It has a beautiful and vivid wood grain pattern with the least amount of defects. It’s the brightest white species of wood, which makes sure the colors are not tinted or yellowed such as maple.  Their prints are high definition so you can enjoy all the artwork in full detail. It is important to remember that wood prints are for indoor use only. These prints use a keyhole type system for hanging which allows the print to hang flush against the wall.    

Sleek, modern, & vibrant | METAL PRINTS

Taking the last few years to fine tune his printed line of work, Shaun has now successfully infused a high quality and real wood grain effect into his works. His metal wave wall art has become rapidly popular and a favorite medium among his collectors and customers. Rather than printed on the aluminum’s surface, these metal prints preserve the artwork by infusing the dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. In result, the artwork has a magical luminescence giving off an amazing vibrancy and pop in color. The ultra-hard scratch-resistant surface is both waterproof, weatherproof and easy to clean. Used for both indoor and outdoor locations, metal prints can withstand 2-3 years in direct sunlight without noticeable fading. It is recommended to hang the artwork away from direct sunlight so you can enjoy it for a lifetime! As for price, metal prints are in the same range. Both are an expensive process but have their own truly unique qualities. The finish options available are satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. The outdoor EXT high-gloss finish option is recommend when placing these metal prints outside and it comes with a small additional cost. The back are hung with a 3/4″ inset frame and french cleat. The frames are recessed from the edges of the print, so the print appears to float away from the wall when hung. If requested, we can offer a Security Screw & Wrench with this type of hanging system. It easily secures the print in public settings using the included Wrench. This method is popular for outdoor elements and both in hotel lobbies and rooms to prevent theft or damage.    

The Right PRINTED Medium for your Environment

It is important to understand the pros and cons of each print medium available to you. Shaun Thomas’ metal wave wall art is so versatile that it does well both indoors and outdoors. The best way to choose a print medium for your design needs is to know the following: budget, colors, and location. If you have a lower budget stick to Canvas. If you are looking for modern, sleek, durable with vibrancy, metal is your medium. Finally, if you want a more warm, muted and seamless piece that works organically with your interior, the wood medium is a great choice.   We hope this article helps you find the perfect ocean wave print or wave decor. To see his work in person, check out his modern surf art and ocean wave sculptures at his popular Laguna Beach Art Gallery located in Orange County, California.