One of my favorite things to do when approaching a new project or just working on keeping my design skills sharp, is to pick one of my favorite paintings or photographs and use it as the inspiration for a design board.
When I was studying at Cambridge I fell in love with Japanese Woodblock printing. This is an art form that began during the Edo period (1603-1867). Most people recognize woodblock printing from the pieces of Katsushika Hokusai, Cresting of the Wave off the Coast of Kanazawa, from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1830 - 1832.
One of my favorite artists from the Ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) era of woodblock prints is Utagawa Hiroshige. His piece, Precincts of the Tenjin Shrine at Kameido,1856 is what I decided to work with today to inspire a lovely early spring wedding design board.
A great book on Japanese Woodblock printing to check-out is Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism if you are interested in learning more!
For the color scheme I decided to go with a muted pallet of soft greens, smoky purple and neutral mixed with dark indigo and bright summer berry. This gives us a wedding full of mystery, warmth with beautiful pops of color. Enjoy your Monday!