Windows, Walls and Doors Contest: And the First-Place Winner is…

Casino Wall Mural by Illustrative Ink

Illustrative Ink took the top prize in LexJet’s Windows, Walls and Doors contest with this super-large wall mural for Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Miss.

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Diana Punzo, aka Illustrative Ink, have an eye for décor and creating the perfect impression. In this case, it was time to update one of the casino’s nightclubs with appropriate graphics.

Illustrative Ink printed this wall mural on LexJet Simple WallCal (6 Mil) in nine panels with the HP Latex 260 Printer. Each panel was 54″ x 8′, except the ninth panel, which was printed at a narrower width for a total of 8′ x 38′ across the wall.

The panels were installed vertically top to bottom, overlapped and precisely seamed. Illustrative Ink used the tiling function in the ONYX RIP software to delineate the seams for a smooth and seamless application.

“It went up without a problem. We had three installers and were able to apply it in about two hours. The material is easy to position without having to stretch the image,” says Charles Punzo. “We installed it late this summer. It’s still up and everyone loves it.”

Congratulations again to Illustrative Ink for winning the top two spots in the Windows, Walls and Doors Contest. In case you haven’t seen the second- and third-place winners, here they are…

Second Place: Nursey Décor

Third Place: Beach Scenes in Colorado

Windows, Walls & Doors with Latex: Second Place Decorates a Nursery

Nursery Wall Graphics

Congratulations to Illustrative Ink, Biloxi, Miss., and owners Diana and Charles Punzo for taking both second and first place in the LexJet Windows, Walls and Doors contest! We’ll outline the first-place project tomorrow as we continue to countdown the top three projects.

A creative and detailed print shop that does a lot of décor-type work for Gulf Coast casinos, Illustrative Ink’s second-place project is an interactive piece of décor for a baby’s nursery.

Repositionable Wall GraphicsAt first blush it doesn’t look “interactive,” but each piece was printed, cut out by hand, and applied to the painted purple walls.

“The idea is that the child will be able to take the flowers that go on the tree and move them around and interact with the wall,” says Charles Punzo. “When we designed the concept, I drew out the limbs not knowing how, exactly, they would fit on the wall, so we placed them when we got there. If we didn’t like the way the branches were positioned it was easy to move them around and tweak the design since we were using a repositionable fabric. The material we used is perfect for that type of job where you can move it around and change it without damaging the wall in the process. We hand-cut everything to fit the look and design we wanted. It was time-consuming, but worth it.”

The Punzos printed the project on LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric with the HP Latex 260 (the winning projects had to be printed with the HP Latex Printer on LexJet or HP media). Stay tuned for Illustrative Ink’s Windows, Walls and Doors first-place project…

Big Prizes in LexJet’s Windows, Walls and Doors Contest for HP Latex Printers

HP Wall ArtLooking at creating some Halloween, Thanksgiving or other autumn-themed wall art with your HP Latex printer? Do you have another outstanding wall mural project in the works or one you’ve recently completed? If so, be sure to sign up for LexJet’s Windows, Walls and Doors contest before Nov. 30 for a chance to win between $1,000 and $3,000 in credit for future purchases at LexJet.

The contest will honor the most exciting and creative Window, Wall or Door solution printed with your HP Latex printer on your favorite HP or LexJet branded media.

It’s easy to enter: simply photograph your graphic as it’s printing (so we can verify that it’s HP Latex output) and upon installation, and then submit your photo to your friendly LexJet representative by midnight on Nov. 30. For questions and details, call us at 800-453-9538.

There will be three winners: each will be awarded with an instant credit for use for future purchases of HP and LexJet branded inkjet media and HP Latex Inks:

  • 1st Place – $3000 credit
  • 2nd Place – $2000 credit
  • 3rd Place – $1000 credit

If you don’t have the HP Latex printer, you’re curious about this technology and are looking to expand your print capabilities, contact a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538.

LexJet carries the HP Latex 210, HP Latex 260 and the HP Latex 280. And be sure to ask about the Start Right Program so you can save money right away and get in on the Windows, Walls and Doors contest before it ends on Nov. 30.

Learn about Latex Printing at HP Latex Academy, Sept. 24-25

HP Latex AcademyHP’s next Latex Academy 2.0 will be held Sept. 24-25 at the company’s Graphic Arts Experience Center in Alpharetta, Ga., near Atlanta.

Attendees who sign a Letter of Intent at the event will receive an additional $2,500 off the HP Latex 260 Printer. Add that to the $1,000 instant rebate already being offered by HP and you’re looking at $3,500 in savings on the HP Latex 260.

HP will also pick up your hotel stay, dinner and transportation to and from the airport. All you’re responsible for is getting there. The Academy will detail all the ins and outs of latex inkjet printing with HP’s Latex 210 61″ Printer, Latex 260 61″ Printer and the Latex 280 104″ Printer.

HP says attendees will gain a better understanding of the printing technology platforms, learn the latest about media from HP and third-party sources and network with HP technology experts.

HP experts will also discuss the application versatility of the printers, their productivity and ease of use, the environmental benefits of the technology and how to justify your investment based on HP’s ROI calculations to position its L2 series within the production environment.

To register and for more details on the agenda, location information, directions and more, click here and be sure to tell them that LexJet sent you.

HP Latex Printer Resources at Your Fingertips

HP Ecosolutions TrainingThe following resources are designed for HP Latex users to make production more efficient and to help you sell and market your output more effectively. However, even if you don’t currently own an HP Latex printer, many of these resources provide valuable insight into how latex printing works and its many benefits…

The following HP resources require a serial number from your HP Latex printer:

HP Ecosolutions Training for HP Latex Printing: HP Latex printer owners who complete the training receive a framed certificate and an icon that can be used as a marketing tool.

HP Latex University: Learn about new applications for your HP Latex Printer as well as comprehensive resources that will help you be more competitive and efficient. HP Latex printer owners can participate in workshops and online webinars and access other tools designed to help you get the most out of your printer. This is accessed through HP Capture where you will need to provide a username, password and the serial number of your printer.

HP WallArt Solution Site: HP Latex users get a one-year free trial of this new cloud application that helps you set up custom wall art, a growing market filled with opportunity.

The following resources and programs do not require a printer serial number:

HP Media Solutions Locator: With this tool you can easily find the right media solutions to fit your production needs by searching according to specific criteria.

Business Support Center HP Latex 260 Printer (formerly the Designjet L26500): Manuals, user guides, troubleshooting, repair videos and animations, parts information, warranty information, and more can be found at this page.

Business Support Center HP Latex 280 Printer (formerly the L28500): Manuals, user guides, troubleshooting, repair videos and animations, parts information, warranty information, and more can be found at this page.

The videos below are geared toward Latex Printer users who have already installed their printer. Click on the links below to see each one:

How to Lubricate the Carriage Rail
Double Sided Printing (using ONYX 10)
Using Edge Holders
Using the Media Loading Accessory HP Latex 260 Printer
Using the Media Loading Accessory HP Latex 280 Printer

There are also a number of helpful how-to videos at LexJet’s YouTube site, including playlists for HP Latex Printers and Workflow and HP Z Series Printers.

Take advantage of the Planet Partners program and recycle used printheads, ink cartridges, cleaning containers and cleaning cartridges. Start by asking for a box, then once the box is filled, print a UPS label (found in the drop-down menu under Shipping Method) and HP will pay for the shipping cost and recycle the used consumables. Click here to send a box, and here to print a UPS label.

If you have questions about any of the resources or need help finding or accessing anything, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.