Seasonal Greetings

by maggie

I was talking with a friend about the process of working through a project and thought it was about time to start thinking about this years cards for the Winter Festivities.

Cards are a simple project. They have a clear brief, firm deadline and they aren’t allowed to take over ones life.

As you can tell from this post title the picture on the card should be firmly non denominational. I’m not up on the symbolism of Saturnalia or Solstice. The other main constraint is the size of available envelope (in these up cycling times).

Here are the colour ways for last years design.

yes you can get circular origami paper. it's brightly coloured and I have races of the stuff

yes you can get circular origami paper. it’s brightly coloured and I have loads of the stuff

The size and quantity was dictated by the provided craft cards. The image from a suggestion from one of my customers (they actually wanted six sided stars).

Snow Flakes – there some pretty famous collections of nineteenth century photos, but you just need an idea of the general variations.

what kind of flake would look effective as a lino print? planar or filigree

what kind of flake would look effective as a lino print? planar or filigree? And has the presence to make the whole design.

 

paper folding cut outs  and artist's print. What's the right balance between flake and background?

Paper folding cut outs and artist’s edition. What’s the right balance between flake and background? Paper folding is a quick way to see the whole of a symmetrical design.

 
There are a few artists proofs some where, where I added lines to break up larger areas.I wanted a simple design as I had learnt how time consuming things could be come with the holly and ivy print from 2012.

lino print of ivy and holly leaves with berries

that’s three plates and two colours of stamps…

This year we may have a bird image. previous cards have been tree decorations and steamed puddings. Some people do birds regularly, but I’ve never tried. Colour, composition, proportions size. I better find out what envelopes are available.

mid 20th century pompom robin, an iconic winter bird

mid 20th century pompom robin, an iconic winter bird

Is this the beginning of a new design?  I’m not sure. The most common bird in the neighbourhood has a totally different festive outfit. But I think they go back to Bushy for the winter.

MER

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