These are the first linocut prints I have done for many years. I wanted to create a couple of different Autumnal designs to make cards for all the birthdays we have around this time of year. I bought a little Essdee kit with a proper bayer (I seem to have managed without one previously). The kit also came with some soft cut lino which was so much easier to use than the tough stuff I have used before. I ordered some of my favourite Elle Erre card from Soho Papers (my local craft shop used to sell this card but no longer does). The texture of the card looks great with the printing. I am looking forward to making some Christmas cards next.
We’ve had a busy summer holiday visiting family, camping and on the beaches of the South West. I haven’t had much time for creating – I sewed this case for my sunglasses, made a Scottie dog card for Minky’s birthday and spent ages sewing badges on her badge blanket. This job has been on my “to do” list forever so it is great to be able to cross it off – although her brother has loads more badges and I have yet to start his!
Having only one opportunity a year to make (and send!) Christmas cards, I decided to make a few different varieties this year, especially as when the charity ones were returned from school, Minky’s were quite clearly unfinished (she had drawn a picture but only had time to colour in half!). So I helped the children create cards from images of Christmas jumpers they had drawn. I also wanted to create cards with a wreath design using different methods of printing dots.