I made it at last. Everytime I have had the intention of sitting down to write I had an interruption from one person or another and I include myself here.
What have I been doing you might well ask. I have been quite a busy little bee – or multi tasking as some would say. After making those birthday cards a couple of weeks ago I made up my mind to do more crafting and on Saturday morning I settled down in my craft room and began to think about creating some Christmas cards for my daughters shop (as I had promised).
It is a long time since I attempted any lino prints and I felt eager to have another go as I like the quality of the prints and the fact that once you have carved the original design you can print an unlimited amount of cards. It is also appealing because unlike rubber stamps the design belongs to you and it is exclusive.
I had no particular idea in mind for the card design other than it should be slightly vintage in feel and perhaps a Christmas Robin would be appropriate for a shop calledInteriors. So I flicked through my sketch book and settled on a drawing I had done some time ago of a Robin. Not the best drawing in the world but the shape isn’t too bad and it seemed quite promising.
I converted this into a more simplistic black and white shape transferred it onto the lino then set about carving out a picture remembering that the bits I remove would come out as white.
I did a few test sheets before printing on the actual cards.
Then the production line began…first with the black ink…
then I applied the red ink for the breast and berries by hand. Finally the Christmas greeting was done with a rubber stamp.
And voila here is my line of Christmas Robins.
I can’t say it turned out just as I had in mind I think that will take much more practise but at least I have made a start and my daughter is delighted.
All packaged up and ready to go. I can’t believe that only this morning these cards were just an idea in my mind and didn’t exist.
Now I just need some inspiration for my next one.
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