Breathing Color Lyve Canvas 450gsm 24" Roll Clearance

Sample roll used for product evaluation - Poly-cotton canvas with no optical brighteners

24in by 12m Roll (sku: PBCL_BCLC24401470) $115.00
Breathing Color Lyve Canvas 450gsm 24" Roll Clearance Master Image
Breathing Color Lyve Canvas 450gsm 24" Roll Clearance Master Image


When Hahnemuhle discontinued their wonderful Monet canvas, we evaluated all the options from Ilford, Canson, etc etc. as replacements for our own fine art printing service.

Lyve was our 2nd best choice canvas - the print quality is exceptionally good with it.  However, it's ink adherence is not quite as good as Hahnemuhle Daguerre, so we chose that in the end after an extensive test period.  With Lyve you do really need to coat your prints to avoid smudges with heavily inked areas (as is that case with most canvasses, but not the Hahnemuhle).

Please note: This clearance product is a sample roll that was used for product evaluation. There is approx 3/4+ of roll remaining on the 12m roll & one smaller 3m testing roll (i.e. in total 12+ metres of canvas). Usually $230, now only $115. 

Please note - As usual, we can not accept any returns or exchanges on clearance products.

An award-winning inkjet canvas by Breathing Color that provides great colour gamut and dmax combined with inkjet archival certification.

You can apply a laminate to the canvas without having to worry and get the exceptional standard you're looking for in fine art and photography printmaking.

The Lyve™ Inkjet Canvas is a 19 mil bright white, consistent poly-cotton blend matte canvas using an acid-free, neutral pH coating. "Chromata White" inkjet technology gives end-users the most stable platform on which to print photographs and fine art giclees without the metamerism issues or colour shift issues inherent on other inkjet canvases. Optical Brighteners compromise the attainment of true colour, they complicate profiling accuracy, and they inevitably deteriorate and yellow over time.The water resistant surface works exceptionally well with Glamour II Varnish, a proprietary water-based top coat coating designed specifically for the Breathing Color line of inkjet canvas. If coated, this canvas will not crack even under extremely rigorous stretching conditions (canvas gallery wrap) and contains an acid-free, neutral pH coating. 

  • Matte poly-cotton inkjet canvas
  • Eye-popping colour gamut & dmax
  • Oba-free, yet still bright white
  • Archival certified, lyve is archival certified for 100+ years.
  • Colour consistency under different lighting conditions
  • No cracking or tearing when stretching when varnished lyve will not crack or tear when stretched. 
  • Highly water-resistant
  • Lyve canvas passes blue wool test
Construction - Canvas



Substrate - Cotton Polyester Blend


Cotton Polyester Blend

Paper Weight - 450 gsm

Paper Weight

450 gsm

Surface Texture - Canvas

Surface Texture


White Tone - White

White Tone


Optical Brighteners? - No

Optical Brighteners?


Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.

We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.

To get more information about a particular specification, use the arrow to get a 'Specxplanation'.

  • Construction

    Papers are constructed in two main ways:

    Resin Coated papers are the modern approach. These use less fibre and replace the fibre with resin (a nice name for plastic). This means these papers are cheap, strong and robust, but tend to be less attractive to the touch and accept less ink. They tend to have a clinical appearance and it's hard to write on the back of them. They tend to be popular in the consumer and wedding/portrait markets.

    Fibre Based papers are traditional papers made without plastic, using only plant fibres. These tend to accept more ink and have a more attractive appearance, and these are the papers most of our customers favour.

  • Substrate
    Cotton Polyester Blend

    What is the paper base made from?

    Possibilities include:

    • Wood Pulp - the most common and cheapest
    • Alpha Cellulose - the best part of wood pulp, separated. Generally tested as archival as cotton etc
    • Cotton - the most common fine art paper fibre
    • Bamboo - an ecologically friendly alternative to cotton
    • Mulberry & more - many other plant fibres can be used to make archival paper
  • Paper Weight
    450 gsm

    In 'gsm' - grams per square metre.

    Not, technically, the same as paper thickness, but obviously correlated. The heft of the paper. European art papers are traditionally generally around the 300gsm mark. Asian papers historically tended to be lighter, 100 to 200 gsm.

    Papers with a higher GSM tend to have more opacity, i.e. you see less through them.

  • Surface Texture

    What is the surface texture of the paper?

    We divide this into six groups. We go by the appearance of the actual paper and not what the manufacturer might label the box with!

    • Matte - smooth and texture
    • Gloss - semi, gloss, and high gloss
    • Double Sided - special case papers that are printable to full quality on both sides.
  • White Tone

    What is the white tone of the paper?

    • Cool White - a paper with a distinctly cool (blue) tone
    • Bright White - A paper that is brighter than non brightened papers, but not overly cool
    • White - a natural clean white tone for an art paper - most Photo Rag papers fall here
    • Warm - a distinctly warmer, creamier paper
    • Pearlescent - a distinct warm grey tone (generally found only with metallic papers)
  • Coating

    These days almost all papers are microporous coated - meaning they'll accept inks from both dye based and pigment printers well.

    In years past, some papers had a swellable coating - designed to give a greater life to prints with dye based inks but this approach has fallen out of favour.

  • Compatible Inks
    Pigment Inks (use matte black)
    Dye Based Inks

    What ink type (dye and/or pigments) can you use with the paper?

    Also, if using pigment inks and you have a choice, should you use the Matte Black or Photo Black ink?

  • Optical Brighteners?

    Does the paper contain chemicals in it to brighten its appearance?

    More on this here.


Selected by Image Science, tested as compatible.

Hahnemühle Varnish 1 Litre
Protective coating for use on canvas prints - available in matte, satin and gloss finishes.
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Hahnemühle Protective Spray
Protective spray for use on inkjet prints - fast drying and non yellowing.
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