Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Cards

This year's Christmas cards are finally done. I did a limited edition print (hand printed, not machine printed) based on a drawing I did while at the in-laws for Thanksgiving last year. I posted it last Christmas.

So, last Saturday, I sat down to print this year's cards. After transferring the drawing to the linoleum, I cut away everything I didn't want to print.

Then I mixed my ink. I like to use a brown color that is almost black and very close to the color of dark chocolate.

Then I inked up the linoleum using a brayer or roller and put it in my book press. The book press is for putting books in during the gluing process to keep the boards from warping, but it also works very well as a printing press.

After I have pulled the print and block (which are stuck together) out of the press, I peel them apart.

Here are the first thirteen out of a total of 83 that I printed. 83 is where I ran out of energy and I knew I had enough plus extras to send to our entire list.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

School is done and my widget tells me that it's only 5 days until Christmas. Since we're in the middle of a blizzard, I spent the day getting a few things on my "To Do Before Christmas" list done and now the house is starting to look much more festive.

Every year, we go up to the mountains to cut a tree in the National Forest. Yes, we're legal. The Forestry Service sells tree permits every year for designated areas and has rules about what trees qualify. It's a wonderful way to get out, get some exercise, have a lot of fun, and help the Forestry Service keep our forests healthy. My whole family goes up together and recently we've even added a few friends to our traditional tree hunt.

Here is my husband tucking this year's tree into the back of our truck. It was a wintery, overcast day, and not as crowded since those who didn't have 4-wheel drive vehicles stayed home. As we left we joined a long line of vehicles topped with trees.

Today, I finally got the chance to decorate it.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


"As soon as art objects are presented in a gallery, people get shy. They can't afford it and just don't dare to visit an exhibition. But if the art is a happening or an idea, a concept, an art 'piece' without a financial label, then people are curious and dare to come."
-Rose Kirumira