This is the first post in what will be a series of unique wall art ideas featuring our products. Today, we discuss Japanese woodblock prints which date back hundreds of years when craftsmen spent painstaking hours chiseling away at a woodblock to create a stamp that would imprint beautifully detailed expressions of Japanese life. The golden era for Japanese woodblock prints called the Edo period, lasted from 1603 – 1868 but it wasn’t until the 1760’s that a wider array of colors were used. Everything from seductive scenes to sumo wrestling to dramatic landscapes were intricately created to reflect the time of peace and prosperity in Japan. To this day, the skill and patience required to produce these incredible prints haven’t come close to being replicated which is one reason why original prints from this period can be sold for many thousands of dollars (although most are a few hundred).
If you’ve ordered an acrylic print from us (or any other print), we provide clear instructions and all the hardware needed to hang your print fairly quickly. All of our acrylic prints at 40×30″ and smaller float and hang on the wall with wire and a monkey hook by default. We do provide a more elegant (albeit a bit more involved) hanging system with a french cleat using an aluminum subframe for an added cost. For larger photo mounts above 40×30″ we include a kiln dried doug fir float and hang french cleat system by default. At larger sizes the french cleat system will be more stable on the wall. At these large sizes you can upgrade from the wood to a black aluminum float and hang system. It’s a more elegant look, but not really seen when up on the wall.
Over the 10 years or so we’ve been printing customer photos we’ve seen it all and so wanted to share a few tips to ensure you get the best print possible. With that said, you’re not on your own here at Bumblejax. We review every single file before going to print and make adjustments we know will improve the print without changing color. For example we might lighten, sharpen and denoise to make an obvious improvement. If we see any issue at all whether it be resolution, color, a typo, etc we always contact the customer. The process though really begins with the original shot so in this article we provide some things to think about before you capture the photo and move into editing, archiving and calibration.