When I first heard about bamboo prints, I must admit I was thinking more ‘panda food’ than ‘art paper.’ No, no, I was assured, bamboo paper is fantastic for art prints. So I tested it out for myself.
What is bamboo paper?
I had three of my spring macros printed up to see how they look on bamboo. I chose three of my most colourful, saturated images, and when I slipped the finished products out of the envelope, I was stunned. This paper loves colour.
The yellow flowers are crisp and brilliant, with gorgeous fine detail. This photo is breathtaking in bamboo.
I was worried about this red rhododendron. The colours are so deep and saturated, it looked like a big red blob when I had printed it on regular photographic paper. The bamboo paper, however, is not overwhelmed by the intense colour. The print shows subtle details on the petals, while remaining brilliant, almost neon red. Beautiful.
I am a huge believer in ready-made frames with pre-cut mattes—they look great and are a fraction of the cost of custom framing. I asked for the photolab to make 12×18 bamboo prints to fit this frame, which is wonderfully versatile.
The frame is simple and black with a double white matte. For the yellow flowers, I used both mattes—this does cover some of the image, but in this case I think it accentuates the main, in-focus flowers.
The tiny violet fills the page, and I didn’t want to cut off any of violet, or the green foliage background. For this image, I took the mattes out entirely. I like the look, especially on this dark coloured wall. The colours of the violet pop with a simple black frame and charcoal background.
To see bamboo paper for yourself, drop by your London Drugs photolab. They have samples of all their fine art papers, canvas wraps, and other photo products. For information about sizes and resolutions, visit www.londondrugs.com/photolab.
Written by Angela Ford