My challenge for this coming year will be to go out with my sketch book and start drawing what is around me.....but I'm getting ahead of myself...…back to this Christmas!!
My squirrel lino is slightly more in keeping with my art work. Originally he was intended for a range of nature cards. Now I'm thinking more in the way of a Christmas card but I feel he needs some kind of festive background or decorative design to make him a bit more fun! Its an idea I will have to tinker with as I'm not sure I will sort it out in time for the Christmas shopping season. He may also appear on some oversized Christmas Tags...or notebooks......oh my goodness, the ideas are endless!
|Squirrel linocut printed in black ink to check the cut|
In the end I had to make a decision about what I was to focus on so the classic Christmas Robin won the day. I did a series of test prints on different card stock with different layouts but in the end I went for a central design with two colours, again the classic red and green.
|Robin Linocut with some design edition|
So here we are, finally I have completed a Christmas Card fit for selling! I made up a jig to line up the two colour printing and away I went. I did try out a version with silver stars but decided it was a little too fussy. I am quite pleased with myself as its been endless months of trying out ideas, but finally I have something satisfactory in my hands.