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  • NEW INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RATES

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    After getting a lot of feedback from our artists and customers who live outisde of the US, it's time for Prints On Wood to give the people what they want! We now offer reduced shipping rates for all international orders. New rates are visible during checkout, so pick up a print or two and take a look. ;)

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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

  • 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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  • ARTIST SIGN-UP

    Van Gogh, Edgar Allen Poe, Sammy Davis Jr... many great minds throughout history have left this mortal coil without a penny to their names. This can be discouraging to many budding young artists, since the idea of creating art AND making money at the same time seems like a foreign concept. Especially if those virtuosos couldn't make money off of their creative endeavors, what kind of chance is there for the little guy?

    Prints On Wood understands this eternal struggle, and to that we say "NO MORE!"

    No more will artists go through their entire life unappreciated. No more will the idea of creating beauty while dirt poor be romanticized. No more will you parents keep bugging you about "When are you going to get a real job?" We know what it's like, and that's why we've created the Artist Gallery.

    For a nominal one time fee, Prints On Wood allows you to sell your own art on our site through an incredibly simple process...

    1.) Start off by creating an account on Prints On Wood, then purchase a Seller Profile Sign Up.
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    2.) Upload your very own high resolution artwork or photographs.
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    3.) Once uploaded, choose the desired sizes and pricing of your wood prints.
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    4.)4.) Invest in a wheelbarrow to schlep around ALL THAT MONEY YOU'RE GOING TO BE MAKING, BOY-EEEE! That's because once you complete the process, your artwork will be readily available for purchase without any cost to you.
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    That's it. Just sign up, sell your art and Prints On Wood will cut you a royalty check for your monthly sales. No hassle, no gimmicks, just you and your art making money.

    Now you can finally live a lifestyle full of caviar dreams and champagne wishes, or if you're like me.... beer and pizza.

  • CUI-POW

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    Owly making another important company decision at Prints On Wood.

    Prints On Wood is an environmentally conscious company.

    I know, I know… that might sound a little funny coming from a company that uses a lot of wood for it’s products, but it’s true. Yes, we do print on wood (hence the name), but we do so responsibly. Our wood is fully sustainable and certified. What does that mean? It means the wood we purchased has a new tree plated in it’s place while harvested.  Surely that’s enough right? Nope, not for us. We’re not satisfied with the bare minimum, we want more. That’s why we joined forces with our friends over at Cuipo!

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    Super Friends!

    Cuipo is a lifestyle brand primarily focused on preservation of the rainforest one square meter at a time. The Cuipo Rainforest Preserve, located near the Darien Nation Preserve in Chepo, Panama, consists of 3,300 acres (13,354,600 sq. meters). They safeguard each square meter of this rainforest in perpetuity. The goal is to purchase as much rainforest as possible; buy it, keep it in its natural state before it falls into the wrong hands and is destroyed. With each order received, Prints on Wood buys one square meter of rainforest through our partnership with Cuipo. This means every time you purchase a wood print or gift card from Prints On Wood, you also help save the tropical rainforests for future generations to come.

    Prints on Wood is the second biggest owner of land over at Cuipo, but the Christmas holiday made December a big month for us. (Thanks guys!) Which means January is going to be an even bigger month for Cuipo! That’s right, thanks to the support from our customers over the Holidays, we’re headed to #1 on a rocket!

    Not only do we thank you, but all the cute fuzzy little creatures who call the rainforest their home thank you as well.

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    Who knew that saving the rainforest could be so adorable?

  • CHOPPING BLOCK: TERRY FAN

    In a constant changing world where mediums collide, one man has managed to keep his head above water and keep it (sur)real.

    We recently had the wonderful opportunity to chat with gallery artist, Terry Fan, for a glimpse into the insight and wisdom needed to create such beautiful imagery.

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    POW: When did you first pick up a pencil, and at what point did you finally realize that you were able to make a career out of your artistic abilities?

    TERRY: For the first question I really have no idea, but I must have been pretty young because apparently I was drawing airplanes all over the walls before I could even talk. I first realized I could make a career out of this just a couple of years back. About five years ago on a rash impulse I quit a relatively well-paying, full-time job as a hospital pharmacy technician. I had been working there for about eight years and it was pretty soul-destroying work. At that point I didn’t even care what happened, even living on the streets would have been preferable, that’s how much I hated it. After quitting, I did indeed struggle for the first few years, but I slowly started to get more exposure and recognition and it just kind of snowballed.

    It was great timing in a way because that’s just when print-on-demand sites started to arrive on the scene so I got on that boat early. POD sites have really changed the rules of the game and given a lot of power back to the artist. Personally speaking, they have been a complete life-saver. I actually don’t even do freelance work anymore unless it’s something really cool and I pretty much just work for myself, which I couldn’t have even imagined five years ago. So although there were struggles and sacrifices along the way, I’m glad I took that big leap into the unknown. I’m just so grateful that through the incredible support of the people I work with and my fans that I’m finally able to make a living at this, for me it’s a mini-miracle.

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    POW: What was the biggest challenge facing you at this point in time when you decided to make the leap?

    TERRY: Okay, I’ll have to backtrack a bit. I had my formal training at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto long ago (actually it’s a University now). After graduating I didn’t have any practical game plan career-wise so I got really discouraged and basically gave up on the idea of making a living as an artist, it just seemed impossible. Part of it was my own lack of organization and immaturity, but also at that point the internet barely existed and it was much more difficult for artists to get exposure. I dabbled with other creative mediums sporadically over the years, but nothing that would allow me quit my day job.

    The biggest challenge after I took the leap many years later was just polishing up my drawing skills and also tackling the technological demands of the modern artist. For instance, I didn’t even know how to use Adobe Photoshop and it was excruciating for me to learn it because it was so out of my usual realm. In college I was only taught traditional methods and at first I was resistant to the idea of producing any kind of work done even partially on a computer. So yeah, the steep learning curve and getting past that self-imposed mental block was quite the challenge.

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    POW: When creating your illustrative works, how does your creative process progress over the course of the project? Do you start out with a theme followed by a round of sketches, and from that, decide on a composition? Or do you just approach a blank canvas and start working on it until it's finished?

    TERRY: Sometimes I start out with a general idea, more of a feeling than anything else, and other times I have something very specific in mind, especially if it’s conceptually based, it really depends. My approach will be determined by this as well, but most of the time I start with a very rough sketch, just to help visualize the idea and get the basic composition down. I also keep a notepad beside my bed because sometimes I come up with some really cool ideas when I’m falling asleep, dreaming or waking up. So if it’s a good enough idea I then proceed to a more worked up illustration usually done with pencil/pencil crayon, sometimes also micron pen or watercolour depending on the type of illustration.

    The next step is scanning the illustration into my laptop at high resolution (usually 600 dpi) and then importing the image into Adobe Photoshop. From there I do all the colouring and may also add additional texture, shading, highlights or lighting effects. Often if a design is complicated I’ll draw and scan individual elements so I get higher resolution and then I’ll compose them in Photoshop. Photoshop is awesome that way and allows for tremendous freedom and flexibility, I guess the downside being that the end result often ends up looking very different from the original illustrations. The Photoshop part of the process usually takes longer than the actual illustration because this is where I experiment with different approaches and colour palettes. I’m kind of a perfectionist so I tend to endlessly tweak things, something I’m trying to get a handle on!

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    POW: Several reoccurring themes manifest themselves in your work (such as trees, flying, deep-sea diving, etc), what is your relationship with these elements and why do you draw inspiration from them?

    TERRY: Ha ha, yeah, those themes tend to crop up a lot. I’m not exactly sure why, my current theory is I used to be a sailor in a past life because I’m really attracted to nautical themes. As for trees, there’s just something so primal and wonderful about trees that puts me back to my childhood. When I was growing up I always had a very close connection to the natural world and it directly tied in with my creativity. Actually a lot of my work is based around this kind of nostalgia I have for my childhood and the past in general - that sense of wonder and mystery that many people innately posses as children, but then lose somewhere down the road. I’m always trying to re-capture that feeling in some way, to tap into that reservoir of imagination that lies buried and forgotten under layers of social conditioning.

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    POW: Here at POW we have fallen in love your art pieces, they look so natural printed on wood. Have you gotten any feedback from your collectors who have purchased your art printed on wood?

    TERRY: Well, thank you! In turn I’ve fallen in love with the way my work looks printed on wood. I’m a big fan of natural materials when it comes to pretty much anything, that’s actually what attracted me to your site initially. When I saw the pics on your Facebook page of actual finished prints that customers had ordered I was completely blown away. Even though I’ve sold quite a number of pieces I haven’t actually received much feedback from customers or collectors to be honest, but from what I’ve seen in the pictures I’m throughly impressed, by the depth of the colours, the quality of the printing and the way the wood grain sometimes shows through. For some reason there seems to be a rich luminosity to the prints that I don’t see in paper prints, I’m not sure whether it’s the wood or your printing process, but whatever the reason, it looks awesome! I really respect the way Prints on Wood does their own printing and takes pride in each and every piece that’s printed, it really shows in the final result. I also love that you’re so environmentally conscious, that means a lot to me.

    Anyway, thanks for the interview and for being such a wonderful and supportive group of people to work with!

  • HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING GUIDE

    Millions of people are bracing for the strong emotional and psychological impact that's common with this time of year. No, I'm not talking about an overwhelming sense of joy or a strong burning desire to participate in some charitable cause, I'm talking about severe soul-crushing disappointment experienced on Christmas morning. This is the feeling I most commonly associate with the month of December since my birthday takes place 4 days after Christmas. The birth of Jesus is always a tough act to follow, but on top of that this also meant that all of my cheap relatives would try to fob off my presents as Christmas/Birthday presents.

    During my early formative years, I used to think of this as a disadvantage because I'd only get half of what I was owed in terms of gift giving, but as I began grow older (and more cynical) I realized it was for the best since it meant I would only get half as disappointed. He-Man action figures were promptly returned by my overtly religious Father, Play-Doh was tossed in the trash because it had a 90% chance of ending up matted in the carpet, and toys that were deemed "too nice" were kept locked-up safe far away from the destructive sticky hands of a child. It wasn't all bad though, I never really had much interest in playing with toys of a half naked blonde beefcake, my brother would usually trick me into eating a big lump of Play-Doh (tastes salty), & once in a blue moon I was allowed supervised visits with my nicer toys.

    I realized that even though my relatives unknowingly purchased me gifts that caused more trouble than they were worth enjoying, it was their thought that counted. (Even if those cheapskates tried to cheat me out of 2 presents) So this year, if you're the recipient of a crappy Christmas gift, be it because you have mentally disturbed parental figure that will prohibit you from enjoying it, or the gift just flat out sucked, remember that they tried. Although If you're on the opposite end of the spectrum and your the one usually doling out the crummy gifts, then I'm going to have to ask you put down the Josh Grobin Christmas CD and step away from the Bargain-Bin.

    With the amount of money you're planning to spend on that Beverly Hills Cop DVD box set, you could get something a little more memorable than Eddie Murphy stuffing bananas into a tailpipe. With prices starting as low as $18, you can purchase a custom wood print from Prints On Wood this year. Let your loved ones know how much you care about them with a unique, one-of-a-kind Christmas present that no pair of footed pajamas (Thanks Grandma!) can hold a candle to. Just upload your favorite photographic memories to our website, then choose the size, thickness, and finish you want, creating the perfect gift this year.

    The best part is there's still some time left for you to get your order before Christmas. From now until December 15th, any domestic with Ground Shipping will get to your house before Christmas. If you're unable to make that deadline, the cut-off date to get your order before Christmas using 2-Day air is Dec 17th. For those of you who like to procrastinate Dec 18th is the very last day to get your order before Christmas if you elect Next-Day air during check out. We're also offering free ground shipping on Dec 18th for those of you who want a beautiful wood print but don't need it by Christmas. Lastly, if you miss all of the shipping deadlines and you still want to give the gift of wood this year for Christmas, you can still purchase a Prints On Wood gift certificate for your loved ones.

  • Don't "Fall" Behind!

    A long time ago, a wise man once said "Good Things come to those who wait."

    While I'm not objecting to the validity of that claim, it makes me wonder if that smart-alleck ever went Holiday shopping at the last minute. Many moons ago before my current occupation, I had the (dis)pleasure of working for a major retail chain, and I'll tell you, the things I would see at 6 am on Black Friday were horrifying! In the midst of their voracious fervor, tense situations between holiday shoppers hoping to save an extra 5 bucks would escalate quickly, I mean it would get really out of hand fast!

    I've seen large gelatinous shoppers fist-fighting over the last CD Player boom box, other shoppers fighting a losing battle with their deodorant in lieu of getting the last set of Star Wars legos, people dodging clouds of pepper spray while trampling over unfortunate stragglers, and my personal favorite, impromptu mexican stand-offs over who's girlfriend cut in line to get a Nintendo Gamecube before anyone else. The most ironic part of all of this is to see people go bat-crap-insane over cheap plastic knick-knacks a few hours after they were thankful for what they already had.

    After the doors would open releasing a tidal wave rabid patrons writhing in angst, I would stand there in disbelief, bloodied and bruised from the herds of people spending money they didn't have on things they don't need, and I would think to myself, there's got to be another way! A way to get what I need without having to elbow someone in the face, a way that doesn't involve a depravation of sleep that fuels my misanthropic tendencies, most importantly, a way that doesn't involve me having to put on pants.

    In ancient cultures, boys of a certain age would be expected to enter a right of passage to become a man in the eyes of their peers. This would involve them doing something insane along the lines of killing a vicious beast with their bare hands or strapping vines to their ankles and jumping off the tallest tree in the jungle. In Western society, working a retail job that involves dealing with the public on a daily basis can take the most innocent and naive of boys and grind him into a hardened cynical blogger of a man. I stand before you as a man (in the loosest possible sense of the word), and I want to tell you that after many long hard fought battles, I have discovered that way.... the information superhigh-WAY. (Nyuk-Nyuk)

    Yes, I'm talking about the internet. It's not only a great resource that allows people to anonymously flame others in the most hateful ways possible while googling pictures of Sofia Vergara, but it can also be a very effective tool in terms of holiday shopping if wielded correctly. Long gone are the days of old where people would actually have to leave their house to buy something, now we can just roll out of bed and have whatever we desire delivered right to our front door.

    This year, PrintsOnWood encourages you to embrace the future. To not only buy your gifts ahead of all the craziness that the holidays can inspire, but to do so from the comfort of your own home. Our wood prints are incredibly unique and make the perfect holiday gift. Every year when the people you care about are opening the gifts you thoughtfully selected (or bought at the last minute you big liar), they're secretly making a mental list of which gifts they're going to return, give away, or toss in the trash. A custom wood print is so incredibly personal, the only list they'll make when they receive one as a gift is of all the possible places in their house where they can display it proudly. We also have a lovely selection of Fine & Photo Art wood prints incase a custom wood print isn't a loved one's cup of tea. Don't "Fall" behind this year, get all of your holiday shopping done at PrintsOnWood today! And if you want to do so while wearing pants, that's entirely up to you. ;)

  • Metal, Plastic, and Thou.

    Metal and plastic.... they're everywhere! From cheap earrings made in China to cheap cars made in Japan, both of these materials can practically be found anywhere or on anything. Although if I had to be frank, I honestly believe that neither of these resources are really quite charming. I can't exactly pinpoint where these thoughts began to originate, but I feel like it can be traced back to the culmination of many things.

    Perhaps it's because plastic goods are most commonly associated with being cheap or disposable. Metal can also fall into this category when you think of the scope of objects that are created using Aluminum.. soda cans, tin foil, food trays. Given their renewable properties, metal or plastic can also be recycled, melted down, and poured into a mold creating another disposable object in the process. That's not to say we don't appreciate these things or the people that create them, but it's common knowledge that these objects were not built to last.

    That's why I feel like my brain ignores 99% of all signage that I pass by during my daily commute. Unless you're visiting the "Old Town" portion of a rustic community, passing an establishment with a rich history, or spending the entire weekend at Knott's Berry Farm with your Grandparents thinking "I'd rather be at Disneyland." the whole time, chances are you're probably not going to see a sign made out of wood. Which makes me ask one serious question.... Why not? Wood has life, it has history, it has personality.

    Now I know a couple of wise-acres reading this blog are thinking "What about popsicle sticks? Broom handles? Shotgun stocks? Those crappy balsa wood airplanes I used to get from the ice cream man!?" which is expected, but lets look at things objectively here. When's the last time you went camping and thought "I love the smell of plastic!" when taking a deep breath while hiking through the wilderness? When have you ever looked at something made of plastic and thought "I wonder where this piece of plastic came from before it was a spoon?" Better yet, which would you prefer? The rich oaky smell of your Grandpa's log cabin, or the whiff of plastic seat sweat rising off of his naugahyde recliner peppered with duct tape instead? Thought so. ;)

    Wood also posses a certain quality I can only refer to as the "look of inevitability". It's a design term used when viewing a finished composition where no eyesores or mistakes are visible, and everything about the design achieves visually organized cohesion. In terms simple enough for someone like myself to understand... it means it looks great! :P

    As noted earlier, there are several buildings and business that I pass by EVERYDAY during my commute and I know absolutely nothing about them. The one thing I can tell you about these businesses is that their signs looks cheap and dirty with boring designs. No life, no personality, just a hideous Blippo Bold typeface stretched to fit the dimensions of the sign. When I see this, I immediately paint a mental picture of a lackluster underwhelming business I better not get attached too, because of the cheap disposable stereotypes their storefront signs perpetuating. The beauty of a wooden sign is that it combines the precision of machines with the creativity of the human mind. Long past are the days of old where you had to wait several weeks for the town wood smith to turn a splintery slab of wood into a fancy new sign for your rowdy saloon. This is the future son, short of flying cars and robotic housekeepers, PRINTSONWOOD has everything you need right now to create the most charming/eye catching wooden sign to proudly hang above the front door to your establishment... even if everything you sell is probably made out of metal and plastic.

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