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  • LOVE IS IN THE "AIR"

    Love is like the air... you can’t see it, but you can feel it.

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    Yeah... I know, that sounded so corny you probably want to punch me in the face, but it’s an awesome segue into the fact that Valentine’s Day and the release of the new Jeff Soto Seeker: Air, is rapidly approaching.

    If you haven’t purchased a gift for your beau this Valentine’s, it’s time to get on the ball. Luckily, Prints On Wood has got you covered. Right now, all create your own wood prints are a whopping 25% off until February 16th, just use the promo: BEMINE25 at checkout.

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    Remember the deadline to get your order before Valentine's Day is February 9th, so give in to that inner nagging voice and order your loved one's gift today.

    As we also mentioned, Jeff Soto’s newest Seeker Friend: AIR, will be released on Thursday, February 6th at 12:00 pm for a 24 hour timed release. How does it look? Like a completely bad-@$$ 80's heavy metal album cover, that's how!

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    The Elemental Seeker - AIR, has 330k hit points, drops a legendary sword, yields 14k experience points, and annihilates his challengers with a devastating Lightning Damage attack.

    But fear not brave warrior! You won't need an Icosahedron and a group of socially awkward friends huddled around a table in your Mom's basement to tame this Ethereal Prince! Just 30 bucks and a blank wall, my liege.

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    Lame D&D references aside, if your significant other is the type of weirdo who prefers art books and documentaries to chocolates and romantic comedies, a Jeff Soto Seeker print makes for a thoughtful (albeit unconventional) Valentine's Day gift!

  • HOW TO EDIT IMAGES FROM YOUR IPHONE

    Significant advancements in technology have allowed cell phones to do more than just make phone calls. The integration of apps and touch-screens have allowed manufactures to consolidate the use of individual gadgets into one sleek, portable, pocket sized device. Now that we literally have this technology in the palms of our hands, it's allowed us to perform certain tasks more efficiently, without the use of a desktop computer.

    Prints on Wood understands this technology, and we encourage the use of it. That's why we'll be publishing a new series teach-savy blog articles, helping to shed some light on how to edit photos and images solely with the use of your smartphone. In 2013, a study released in December stated that over 300 million iPhones are in use around the world. To put that in perspective, that's roughly one iPhone for every man, woman, and child in the US.

    Given the user-friendly interface and popularity of the iPhone, this week we'll show you how to edit pictures taken with your phone using Apple's Photos application.  A perfect way to get the look you want on your next wood print order.  To begin, make sure that your phone's operating system is current and up to date. (Currently iOS 7.0.4)

    Now access the Photos application by selecting the Photos icon on the touch screen. Once open, select the photo you would like to print. For this exercise, I'll be using an image of my friend's (handsome) son. Once your image is selected, it should enlarge with a white header/footer appearing on your screen.

    To access Photos editing features, touch Edit at the top right of your screen.

    photo-1After pushing Edit, the header/footer should turn black, and 5 icons should appear at the bottom of your screen.

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    As we move forward, lets go over each icon and one by one to get a feel for it's use.

    ROTATE

    The Rotate tool at the bottom left of the screen is pretty self explanatory. It rotates your image 90 degrees counter-clock wise.

    As you can see, the picture of my friend's son is sideways. That's because I turned my phone to take a landscape photograph. If your image is like mine, just keep on tapping the Rotate icon until the orientation of the photo is to your liking.

    Once you have the image the way you like it, tap Save at the top right hand corner of your screen.

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    The Auto-Enhance tool (2nd icon from the left) automatically adjusts the lighting, color, and contrast of your image. Tapping on the Auto-Enhance icon once adjusts the image, tapping on it twice removes these effects.

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    As you can see, the image on the left is slightly warmer.  Depending on the quality of your photo, these effects can be negligible. I happen to prefer the image with Auto-Enhance, so to apply this effect to my photo, I'm going to tap Save on the top right corner of the screen.

    FILTERThe Filters tool (center icon) displays several colored variations of your photograph that you can scroll through at the bottom of the screen.

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    After using Auto-Enhance on my image, I'm happy with the look of my photo. I'm choosing not to use a filter for this print, but feel free to use these filters at your discretion. Remember, filter's can enhance the look and feel of the image, so take time playing with these effects and select the best one for your image.

    Once you have selected a Filter to your liking, you can tap APPLY to save these changes to your photograph. Since I'm not using a Filter, I'm going to tap Cancel on the top left corner.

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    The Red-Eye Removal tool (2nd icon from the right) does exactly what is says, it allows you to remove any red-eye effects that can occur when using a flash in a low-light setting.

    My photo was taken in natural light, so this effect is unnecessary for my wood print.  For those using a photograph with any unwanted red-eye effects, the Red-Eye Removal tool works similar to Auto-Enhance. To use this effect, after tapping the Red-Eye Removal icon, tap each red eye in your photograph. If you make a mistake and tap the wrong area, you can simply tap the same spot again to remove the effect.

    REDThe Red-Eye Removal tool has an auto-detect feature. As you can see, the eyes of my friend's son are ridiculously blue, so even when I tried to use the filter for the sake of this article, I was unable to do so. If you felt the need to use the Red-Eye Removal tool, just tap Apply in the top right corner to save this effect to your image.

    CROP

    The Crop tool (far right icon) is the most advanced of the image effects available in Photos. It cuts down the excess areas in the photograph, allowing you to focus on a central point in the image.

    When you click on the Crop tool, a grid should appear over the photograph.

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    As you can see, there's 4 thick brackets in the corners of the grid. Think of these as handles that allow you to adjust the dimensions of your image. Tap and drag on these handles to manipulate the shape and size of the grid. The grid represents the Live Print Area of your image. This means that everything inside of the grid is what will be printed, everything outside of the grid will be omitted.

    As you might notice after playing with the grid handles, it's a bit tricky to get an exact specific shape. If you're planning to post this image online, it's not really an issue. If you want to submit this image for a custom wood print, then this can be problematic.

    If you look at my example, I tried to zero in on the face of my friend's son, but some how managed to flubb it all up. : /

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    This is where the ASPECT feature of the Crop tool becomes invaluable. By tapping Aspect on the bottom center of the screen, a menu appears with several different image dimensions.

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    Selecting any one of these dimensions will constrain the size of the adjustable grid to reflect your selection, accurately cropping your image to the dimensions of your choice. Since 8x10 happens to be the standard dimensions for headshots, lets go ahead and select those dimensions for this exercise.

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    Now the dimensions of our grid is a perfect 8:10 ratio, unfortunately, the focus of your image may shift after using the Aspect feature like mine has. Don't panic though, this problem is easily corrected. You can tap + drag the image inside of the gird to adjust it's placement in the Live Print Area.

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    Using the lines of the grid as a reference, I shifted the desired focal point of my image using the tap + drag technique to be centered inside of the Live Print Area.

    I really like the placement of my image, but I feel that it's a bit too large for my custom wood print. If you find yourself in a similar situation at this point in the exercise, you can adjust the size of your image by Pinching the image. Taking your thumb and index finger, use both fingers to tap the screen inside of the grid. Once both fingers are touching the screen, you can swipe them in a closing motion to shrink your image. On the flip-side, if you feel the image is too small, use the same Pinching technique by swiping both fingers in a opening motion.

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    You'll now see that I have cropped my image to the exact dimensions I'd like to have it printed, in addition to adjusting the placement and sizing my image to fit comfortably inside the Live Print Area. If you're like me and have your picture exactly how you want it, tap Crop in the top right corner to save these effects to your image.

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    Now just tap save again to apply all of the effects you used during this exercise, and voilà! We used the Rotate tool, Auto-Enhance, and the Crop tool to create a lovely image that would make a perfect custom wood print/lasting gift!

    Keep in mind that these tools are very user friendly and simple to use, but it will take several attempts to get a full grasp of the range of each effect. So be patient and do a couple of small scale projects and tests before committing to using all 5 effects in one sitting.

    If you take your time and consult this How-To one step at a time, the entire process should become more uncomplicated with practice.

  • CHOPPING BLOCK: CUDDLY RIGOR MORTIS

    Sometimes when an incredibly gifted person tries their hand at an artistic venture outside of their normal talent pool, the end result can be painfully embarrassing. (Like when Eddie Murphy sang "Party All The Time.")

    Kristin Tercek happens to be the exception with Cuddly Rigor Mortis, a company founded on her handmade plush characters that has long since transitioned into disturbingly adorable oil paintings. This week we sit down with her and try to determine how she was able to make the jump from sewing like a pro to painting like a boss, barring the fact that she just might very well be a Wizard.

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    POW: Who or what is Cuddly Rigor Mortis? Is that your “punk” name?

    KRISTIN: When I started sewing plush dolls I wanted a company name that encompassed the creepy/cute vibe I was going for. I have a notebook filled with names but my husband, Ed Mironiuk (aka GH-05-T) just walked into my studio one day and said "Cuddly Rigor Mortis". It stuck and is the name I've worked under since.

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    POW: Doing research for this interview, I stumbled upon the fact that not only have you done a few artistic collaborations with Disney, such as having your work showcased at the Pop Fusion Exhibit at Downtown Disney, but you’re also a bit of a fanatic. (Wedding & Reception behind Cinderella’s Castle, repeat visits to Tokyo Disneyland, Wedding Anniversary at Club 33)

    How did you come to work with them, and for being a life-long fan, how was your reaction to it?

    KRISTIN: Haha - my secret is out! Yes, my husband and I have been huge Disney fans for quite awhile now. When I got the email from WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disneyland, CA asking if I'd be interested in taking part in a show there, I started crying. An intern had seen a painting of mine at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA and passed it along to the manager. It was overwhelming just being in the show, but when I saw they had turned my work into a 15ft tall banner that was hanging in the front of the gallery I just lost it completely. What an honor. I'm grateful to this day for the opportunity and joy they've given me. (PS I'll have a brand new painting at WonderGround debuting March 1st!)

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    POW: Since we’re on the topic of Disney and Art, any self respecting art school hipster worth their weight in Sriacha always name-drops Mary Blair (a prominent concept artist for the Walt Disney Company) when the 2 are discussed together in some capacity.

    Granted that her work is pretty amazing, are there any other Disney artists over the years that you like to draw inspiration from?

    KRISTIN: Oh man, even non-art school/non hipsters like me adore Mary Blair. Alice in Wonderland is my favorite animated movie so I still have to mention her! My second favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch so Chris Sanders work also holds a special place for me. Marc Davis, Ward Kimball and just about any of the Nine Old Men were also huge inspirations for me over the years.

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    POW: Sometimes non-artistic types give credence to the misconception that if an artist is really talented at one medium (drawing) then they must be really good at others as well, (painting, sculpting, etc.) which isn’t always the case. You on the other hand started off creating plush characters with a sewing machine and fabric, transitioning into creating the same characters using brushes and paint seamlessly. (Pun intended :P)

    Although you used two completely different methods, your creations are still unified in terms of aesthetics. How were you able to maintain consistency when changing methods, and do you ever apply any basic principles from one when using the other?

    KRISTIN: Wow, great question! When I started sewing I had no idea what I was doing. My love of clean lines and simplicity was a huge help in designing characters I could translate to plush. I kept the shape and facial expressions the same, but over time, I wanted to do a bit more with them. That was the impetus for me to go back to painting (which I had been doing since a very young age) where I'd have more control to design exactly what I envisioned. I still kept that basic shape and expression (it's all about the eyes), but I had more room to grow.

    gimp(Left) Gimp plush (Right) Wanna Play by Cuddly Rigor Mortis

    POW: It seems that you already have a strong predilection for painting on wood, and here we are, a little ‘ol company printing on wood. Did the fact that the we both share the same taste in substrates sway your decision into showcasing your art with us?

    KRISTIN: Absolutely! As soon as I saw Jeff Soto's first Seeker Friend I immediately contacted you guys about how I could showcase my work with you. I had been gluing prints to wood plaques and the idea that you could simply print directly on wood was wonderful. Can't thank you guys enough for the amazing job you do.

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    Thanks Kristin, your artwork is pretty amazing too. ;)

    For more information on Cuddly Rigor Mortis, visit Kristin's site at: www.cuddlyrigormortis.com

  • TWICE TOLD TALES RE-CAP

    PIC1Opening Night!

    This past weekend, Prints On Wood had the pleasure of attending the Twice Told Tales Art Show, taking place at the Flower-Pepper Gallery in Downtown Pasadena. We were inspired to make an appearance when we discovered several of our gallery artists were exhibiting brand new art pieces inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairytales.

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    Any pre-conceived notions we had about the evening were left at the door since what we found inside superseded all of our expectations. Right when we entered the gallery, we were greeted with a warm enchanting vibe. Everyone in attendance was super friendly and easy to talk to regardless of status.

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    Be it the owner of the gallery, (who was cool), the curator of the event (who was cool too) or the artists exhibiting (equally as cool)… even the weird homeless guy who snuck inside to snack on the Hors d'oeuvre was affable. We felt incredibly welcome.

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    The best part of the night is when we actually got to hobnob with some of our artists. We got a chance to kick it with David Chung, Ruel Pascual, and Deanna Adona, which allowed both sides to finally put a face with the name. It was kind of like meeting your Internet crush in person for the first time. (Except it was less creepy/disappointing)

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    Andy & Andrew of Prints On Wood holding it down with artist, Deanna Adona

    If you didn’t get a chance to make it out for the opening, you should swing by and take a look. Flower-Pepper also has a rad little corner/book section in the back of the gallery where we spent many hard earned hours of pay on some lovely artistic tomes. We were even fortunate enough to get this “sweet” painting from Tiffany Liu

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    Killers of Sugar Sweet Forest by Tiffany Liu

    Tiffany was so pumped we bought her painting, she gave us the ok to convert this lovely piece into a fine art wood print.  So keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks for this awesome release in mid to late March.

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  • 2014 LA Art Show

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    Last week marked the 18th anniversary of the LA Art Show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Created by the FADA, the LA Art Show has been going strong for the past 18 years and showcases historic, traditional, modern, and contemporary art. Sadly, given the fact that we're a couple of uncultured bros from Riverside, we don't really know the difference between any of those genres. What we do know is that we did see a lot of rad looking art!

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    Take these sick looking wood installations from Alex Yanes for example. Here we were thinking that we do some pretty cool stuff with wood this whole time, and here comes this guy giving us a serious run for our money! Once we figure out how to incorporate these wooden sculptures with wood printing, we're totally going to bug this dude until he finally caves and agrees to work with us.

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    We also came across this completely badical painting by Brian Viveros. (Pardon the glare)

    Is it just me, or is there something insanely attractive about heavily tattooed women who smoke cigarettes and dress up like Bull Fighters? (Probably just me) Incredibly specific fetishes aside, his art style got me thinking... where have I seen this guy's work before?

    Oh yeah, we actually did a couple of large format wood prints in the past for the dude!

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    This job turned out looking mighty fine if I do say so myself. Whether it's on wood or canvas, Brian's art always looks awesome. Although if you asked us we'd say wood, but then again, our opinion might be a little biased.

    Lastly, our 3rd favorite wood-related artist exhibiting this year was the ridiculously talented Low Bros.

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    Palm trees? Bright pink men's t-shirts? Bulging veiny eyeballs? Animals wearing sunglasses? Skateboards with ONE kicktail? It feels like they took everything awesome about the 80's and cut out all the embarrassing haircuts and dance moves. Once again, these images are painted on wood, but I'm sure this amazing artwork would look just as stunning if it was printed on wood. (I'm looking in your direction Low Bros, call us!)

    Sadly, the 2014 LA Art Show has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you can't start preparing for next year. In fact, you SHOULD go! We insist! No really, it would be fun! Not only because it's a stimulating visual feast for your eyeballs to gorge on, but we're probably also going to need a ride.

  • Chopping Block: David Chung

    Remember that weird kid in middle school you sat next to in Social Studies? You know, that one kid that was just a little too... different? The kid who allegedly had a "really hot girlfriend" who conveniently went to a different school? The kid who would draw weird and offensive pictures in all the margins of his text books?

    Well guess what, he's all grown up and his name is David Chung.

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    POW: When doing research for this interview, I couldn't really find anything online art-wise when I searched for "David Chung". I did however find a lovely cornucopia bursting with NSFW paintings when I googled "THE CHUNG!" instead.

    Are you one of those weird/ annoying people who like to create their own nickname?

    DAVID: Well, I hope I’m not one of those weird/annoying people! I mean my wife finds me incredibly annoying, but that’s a different type of an annoying. No, actually the name “The Chung!!” came about years ago when I finally decided to put up a web portfolio. Unfortunately, every variation of my name was already taken for a suitable domain. I had no idea there were so many David Chung’s out there who wanted a website with their name on it. So it started as a joke that there can be only one Chung, I made a search for thechung.com, lo and behold it was totally available. Anyways, long and boring story short, it sort of just stuck all these years. I still only introduce myself as David though.

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     F*ck This Sh*t by David Chung

    POW: Your style leans heavily on what appears to be a dark and twisted sense of humor... how and when did you become so evil?

    DAVID: My work is generally played off of highly exaggerated emotions or experiences based off of my own life and what I’m going through, or have gone through at the time. So it’s not that I’m trying to be evil to the characters that I paint, but more so that I’m trying to find a more humorous way of looking at things so that myself and perhaps others won’t linger so much on bad feelings. When you look back at everything at the end of the day, it’s really not as bad as you made it out to be.

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     Happiness Is Killed By Removing The Head Or Destroying The Brain by David Chung

    POW: Does your Mother know what you're painting? Or do you lie and tell her you have some boring desk job to avoid the guilt and shame?

    DAVID: My mom knows what I’m painting, but I also DO have a “boring” desk job as well! I have no shame about what I’m painting, if I did, that would be the complete opposite intention of what I’m trying to get out of painting what I paint. My mom doesn’t always understand what my work is about, but honestly, how many mothers understand anything their children are doing?

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    The Virgin Shrimp Ramen Noodle Soup by David Chung

    POW:  I read that you work in the animation industry as a background designer.  Given your particular brand of humor, if you could create your very own uncensored dream-cartoon (without having to worry about upset mothers and the heads of studio executives exploding) what would you call it, and what would it be about?

    DAVID: Yep, that’s the “boring” desk job that I have haha. It’s actually not boring at all, it’s pretty awesome. It gets stressful, but what job that you love doing isn’t? I’ve actually had a show that I pitched to Cartoon Network about 2 years ago that got picked up. Unfortunately nearly a year after it was purchased and worked on, it was dropped. No hard feelings though, it was just bad timing. That show was however the show that I would have created if I had my own cartoon. It was called, “Okay! Let’s Go!!” and it was based around my go to characters Herro Cat and Kyle, following them on their adventures working at an interplanetary pet rescue. Although they’re not going with that show anymore, me and my writing partner just sold another property back to Cartoon Network, so we’ll see where this goes!

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    Smurfin' Go For It Man by David Chung

    POW: Despite the fact that we market to Soccer Moms, every week I see about 2-3 CHUNG!™ wood prints on the shipping table when I pass through the POW warehouse. How has your experience with Prints On Wood been so far, and do you think Soccer Moms are actually buying these?

    DAVID: So far my experience with POW has been awesome! As an artist, I’m really digging the quality of the prints as well as the ease of use in creating new prints. I barely have to do anything and I get great products that I can offer to fans and collectors, it’s awesome! As far as soccer moms buying my work, I actually wouldn’t be surprised. The types of people who approach me telling me that they’re fans are surprisingly parents majority of the times. As I tend to favor using bright vibrant colors and cutesy looking characters, something that children are attracted to, the actual content of my work seem to relate more to the parents. I guess that’s the inner child and my adult self working together.

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    Thanks for being a good sport David, and may your inner child never grow up to wear pleated khakis.

    For more information on David Chung, please visit his website: thechung.com

  • Highlighting Hangar 24

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    What do we like almost as much as wood printing? BEER! (The cause of and solution to all of life's problems!) What do we like more than beer or wood prints? Printing wood prints for awesome local beer companies! That's where Hangar 24 comes in.

    Inspired by a love of beer and flying (interesting, but definitely not the weirdest combination involving beer), Ben Cook and his buddies would meet up at Hangar 24 after a day jam packed full of aviation to hang out, play music, and drink his home made suds. Next thing you know, BOOM! they're making beer full time. (If only other stories that involved drinking could have such happy endings.) How does Prints On Wood fit into all of this?

    Plot Twist: We print their wooden signs!

    Yeah, I know, I'm skipping over a lot of details here, but I was planning to write this article about going on a tour of the Hangar 24 Brewery and documenting my experience. Funny thing about that is they aren't offering any guided tours at the moment, so now we're at Plan B: Pull a Mr. Rogers and give a (written) tour of the POW process when printing signs for Hangar 24. : /

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    As we step into the print room, we see a very hunky (and hairy) POW production associate flexing his guns by hoisting up blank sheet of wood. Note how he carefully avoids ripping the sleeves on his shirt with his arm cannons. After he places the sheet of wood onto the flatbed printer, he saunters out into the parking to take off his shirt so he can drink a diet coke in the most attractive way possible.

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    While our hirsute friend is outside torturing all the single women in the nearby office buildings with his raw swarthy appeal, through the combination of science and magic, our printer is doing the REAL work. Slaving away at an unforgiving blank sheet of wood and transforming it into a beautiful butterfly of bundled wood prints.

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    Once all of the artwork for the signs has been printed onto the blank sheets (above), our attractive friend carries them one by one over to our die-cutting machine were the signs are individually cut out of the sheet with pin-point precision. Which brings us to our finished product...

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    In it's natural habitat, these signs go up in pubs around the world, promoting the sweet delicious nectar that Hangar 24 produces all year long. Inspiring patrons in bars everywhere to raise their glass to friends, fun, and flying.

    That, my younger readers, are how signs are born.

  • V-DAY INVASION!

    What do women want for Valentine’s Day? We don’t know, we’re guys.

    Luckily, we here at Prints On Wood decided to take a survey of what the women in your life DO want so you don’t have to ask them, because let’s face it, we all know how well that usually works out.

    After talking to women all over the world, we got some really inspiring feedback when asked what they think would make a lasting Valentine’s Gift.

    The top answer we received was the desire to create a custom wood print from your wedding vows.

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    Coming in at a very close second, a candid instagram wood print of the two of you sharing a tender moment.

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    Rounding out the list in 3rd place was a clever reminder of how the two of you met. Might we suggest a wood print of the beautiful city where you fell in love?

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    We even got one joker who said a bouquet of flowers that will never wilt. Well Mrs. Smarty-Pants, we’ve even got something for you

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    And if all else fails, a picture of an adorable kitten can work wonders.

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    Finally, we can empathize with the fact there’s some people so incredibly particular, they might not enjoy any of the aforementioned. No need to worry though, with a wide selection of fine art wood prints to choose from, we’re confident you can find something that would melt even the most scrupulous of hearts.

    (Click on the images below to browse our Valentine's Wood Prints)

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  • THE TWICE-TOLD TALES ART SHOW

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    Holiday blues got you down? Didn’t get that jetpack you wanted for Christmas? None of the clothes you were gifted fit after your month long egg-nog binge?

    What you need is an intellectual slap in the face to get you out of this post-seasonal funk, and we got just the thing: The TWICE–TOLD TALES Group Art Show this month at the Flower-Pepper Gallery in Pasadena!

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    Who’s going to be showcasing their impressive artistic feats at this exhibit? Oh, just a couple big time fancy-schmancy artists such as Aunia Kahn, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, David Chung, Deanna Rene Adona, Jeremiah Ketner, & Ruel Pascual.

    Any of those names sound familiar? They should, seeing how they’re all featured artists from Prints On Wood. That’s right! If you like what you see at the show, then you’ll love what they’re selling on our website.

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    A few of us from Prints On Wood will be in attendance at The Twice-Told Tales Art Show on it's opening night: Saturday, Jan 25, from 6:30 PM to 9:30. We'll be handing out some free mini wood prints to anyone brave enough to come up to us and say "Hello", so don't be shy.

    This exhibit runs into the next month, ending on it's it's final day: Feb 28, at 7:30 PM. This group showing will feature brand new creative works that draws inspiration from the beloved Brothers Grimm fairytales through the perspective of the artists’ weird, wonderful minds.

    Unfortunately, we understand that everyone perusing this newsletter wont be able to attend this art show in person, but fear not! You can always purchase a several Fine Art prints from Prints On Wood and have your very own art show in your living room. (Just don’t forget to invite us)

    For more information on this upcoming event, please visit: http://www.flower-pepper.com

  • CHOPPING BLOCK: VIVIANA GONZALEZ

    Starting off as a small family owned business in Southern California, we here at Prints On Wood are humbled to see that our company has grown exponentially to resonate with Artists and Art Enthusiasts alike from all over the world.

    This week we were incredibly fortunate to get in touch with one such person, the incredibly talented Viviana Gonzalez, hailing from the beautiful Republic of Chile.

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    POW: Your profile states that you’re a Graphic Designer by trade (a profession which clearly involves a sharp eye for color and detail). Growing up, did you always have a strong artistic inclination before your involvement in this line of work, and did it effect your decision when pursuing this as a career path?

    VIVIANA: Yes, since I was eleven years old I've been interested in design. This interest began in art classes at school, I used to draw logos and posters. My art teacher in that moment noticed my interest and introduced me to graphic design. So at that early age I already knew that I will dedicate myself to this.

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    POW: When I view artistic imagery, I like to try and deconstruct the process in my mind, creating a step-by-step procedure on how I think the artist completed their final image. When I observe your work however, I’m completely stumped as to how you create your beautiful compositions.

    Without giving too much away, tell us how you’re able to create such realistic landscapes while still maintaining a certain hand-painted look and charm, and has your background and experience in Graphic Design contributed to these techniques?

    VIVIANA: I always liked works of oil on canvas. When I started to work with landscapes in Photography, I searched for the best way to achieve that technique digitally. And exploring that I found two photographers that have been a great inspiration for me in that area: Paolo Cirmia (Italy) and Dirk Wüstenhagen (Germany). They work with texture in a brilliant way, which inspired me to study more about this subject. Now days I create my own textures which satisfies my search and technique as an artist.

    CB_3Observe by Viviana Gonzalez

    POW: It seems that more old school/traditional Artists have a great disdain for any form of art created with the assistance of digital software (i.e: Illustrator & Photoshop), believing that they’re a substitute for actual “talent”. On the other end of the spectrum, it seems that most up-and-coming artists embrace the idea of combining hand drawn images with digital elements to create their art.

    Out of these 2 groups of artists, which would you say that you belong to and why?

    VIVIANA: Right now my work consists of a mixture between illustration, photography and digital elements. Personally I respect both the old school and the new one. Times change and techniques develop and evolve. I use everything that can help me to express that sensation or image that I have in my mind at the moment of creating. I don't have prejudices and neither can I judge or say what is more valid or what is "real" talent and what isn't. For me everybody that has the need of artistic expression deserves my respect.

    CB_4Inspiration (II) by Viviana Gonzalez

    POW: A good portion in your body of work reflects a very somber and mysterious tone, but you reside in South America, an area well known for it’s bright vibrant colors in both nature and art.

    Would you say that your experiences in Chile has affected your artistic style in any way, if at all?

    VIVIANA: I live in Viña del Mar, a city located on the coast of Chile. I think the element or natural phenomena that is reflected in most of my works is the sundown. Living all my life near the sea, without a doubt it has been inspiring for me, because of the beauty and melancholy.

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     Paths of Light by Viviana Gonzalez

    POW: As an exhibitor in the Prints On Wood Gallery, what was it about our product that piqued your interest as an Artist, and what kind of feedback have you received so far?

    VIVIANA: As an artist I seek to see my work in something special. Prints on Wood are really unique and beautiful. To see my work printed on this natural element is to me the perfect mix. I am truly flattered to be part of Prints On Wood.

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    Aww shucks Viviana, as are we to have a moment of your time. To you and your beautiful work, we say "A TODO CACHETE!"

    Find out more about Viviana Gonzalez at her website: www.vivigonzalezart.cl

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