This edition of our computer wallpaper download was inspired by an Asian-themed paper that appears in our April issue (on sale March 23), as well as my own interest in Japanese printmaking. The digital design imitates several styles of this traditional art form, including the precisely outlined pattern of woodblock technique and the washed background of a watercolor. Delicate chains of translucent white circles add another dimension to the print.
Cranes, flowers, bamboo leaves, and a wheel motif form a net over a sunrise-colored background. The symbol of the crane is commonly found on Japanese heraldic objects and in many works of art. This bird, which mates for life, represents loyalty, strength, and grace. It is a tradition in Japanese culture for the groom to make 1,000 origami cranes before the wedding as a sign of his loyalty to his partner.
To download this design onto your computer, just click on the link for your screen resolution. Once you see the full image, right-click on it and select “Set as Background” or “Set as Wallpaper.” Or you can download the free PDF. Check back soon for more patterns—all exclusive to homemag.com and inspired by ideas in the magazine.
To read more about Japanese printmaking, visit website http://spectacle.berkeley.edu/~fiorillo/texts/topictexts/faq/faq_making_a_print.html —Wallflower