So, 2017 is a ‘taking stock’ year for me. I have been looking at my accounts – one way of measuring what one has done – and find I took nearly as much money from my cards as I did from my pictures, carvings etc which is astonishing. I do very much enjoy making cards and try to keep them all as original works rather than reproductions so that, at £2.50, they represent decent value for money. So here are just a few examples:
Linocuts: I use linocut a lot for cards as it is a relatively quick way to reproduce an image, depending on how complicated you make it and how many colours you try and introduce. Birds seem to work rather nicely so here are a couple of examples:
I mount them on previously marbled paper which sets them off well I think. Sometimes I use old music paper as the mount.
Potato prints: these I use to make a comedy range of ‘birds with attitude’ with a real feather :
They are so much fun to make as they come out with a variety of expressions – but
mostly they seem to be quite grumpy which probably says a lot! The Guinea Fowl on the right is part of a new range that I am designing for a wonderful garden in Clanfield called Friars Court (www.friarscourt.com). They are opening their beautiful gardens to the public within the National Garden Scheme – the yellow book and wanted cards which would suit their venue. Lovely commission!
Collage: finally I was messing about the other day and put together these cat cards made from material – now these are time consuming! But I can cut them out in front of the TV. I think I was rather missing Sid, my cat who was run over just after Christmas….although he was grey, not blue with white spots.
And finally I have agreed to take on Christmas and Greetings cards for Wells For India again after a break of a few years, but cant show you those yet as I haven’t started them.
It seems as if cards are chosing me at the moment which actually suits me very well. I know they are a bit ‘throw away’, but they reach to unexpected places and can give great joy – what’s not to like?