November 15, 2017

Printmaking Christmas Cards 2017

Merry Christmas! 

As some of you already know, I love to make art. This year I purchased some block printmaking supplies and my first project was to create Christmas Cards. This process took a handful of hours to complete. It was a lot of fun!

Here are the steps I took to make relief monoprint Christmas cards this year.

The essence of each step is explained in each image caption.

Draw, trace and rub design onto linoleum.

Carve the lino.

Ink up the plate, roller and lino.

Hand press the lino to the 
acid free paper to transfer the image.

I inspected the first print (proof) 
for any corrections to make.

After corrections are made, I began printing all the
cards with light-fast ink.

I line up the cards to dry.

Lastly, I hand-painted the details
using mica watercolors.
Each print is unique because it is hand-printed. This uniqueness is cherished among print-makers. Each print is called an "Original Print". The entirety of the prints is called an "Edition" or "Variable Edition". If you received a Christmas card from me this year, you have a Tawnya Boe Original! :) Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a happy and peaceful season. 

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