As some of you may know, I really
don't like buying Yule/Christmas cards
, preferring instead to make my own unique cards each year
. As I recently did a printmaking course down in Cornwall, I thought I would do the simple technique of reduction print using those polystyrene boards (like polyboards but without the paper) and water-based inks.
It may be a good time to point out that not only do I not like buying cards but when I do make cards they have to be 1.
cheap (I already had the red card and printing ink), 2.
easily reproduced (I make 30-40 so cannot spend a lot of time on each individual one) and 3.
I can do at home in the middle of the night (this is when I get my energy burst)
So without further ado, here is the Yule card for 2011 (sorry for the wonky photo)
The basic print has three colour layers (baby blue, white and green), then I decorated with flicks of silver drawing ink (using a toothbrush to spray) and finishing with a gold star from an eraser I carved (to use on the present wrapping actually, but we are all about re-using and recycling here). This is what the polystyrene board looked liked after I finished with it:
And this is the way that I got the print. First a baby blue square:
I wasn't worried about the ink having solid coverage, the speckled look actually works when you are aiming for a "snow" feel. But we did have to put snow on the ground, so I cut around the tree to create a sky and impressed the rest in white:
Its quite pretty at that stage, but I'm never one to leave things alone so I chopped the tree out of the block and printed that on its own with green ink. Then, once I've added the silver "snow", gold star it was a matter of adding the inside paper (with a stamped "merry christmas" greeting of course) and its all done:
What do you guys think? I did hand-burnish every print so not one has the same coverage, but I like that they are all kinda unique. Any comments and criticism (or indeed helpful hints with home printmaking) are most welcome and appreciated.