Christmas was more than two months away but late October found me dreaming about winter holiday greeting cards and choosing a path or two for this year's batch. The breathtaking work of master printmaker Linda Cote (lindacote.ca) had recently caught my eye. Linda's work is as amazing as her talent is inspiring (and humbling). To get started, I only had to look as far as Linda's collection of YouTube videos where she generously shares her experience and process.
Because I use recycled, repurposed and other second-life materials, instead of heading to the art supply store, I hit the various scrap piles in my world looking for materials that might get my printmaking experiments off the ground. I came up with a few good candidates for printmaking substrates including remnants from a storm-downed hickory the Mister had just split and stacked as well as scraps of milled aspen craft wood I'd picked up at a reuse-it center years ago. I cut about six 4"x6" blocks, a nice size to allow for a half-inch border on my 5"x7" recycled card stock, and was off to the races!
Freshly painted background blocks (no ink or printing dye in my stash, but plenty of salvaged paint to experiment with!):
It's an addictive process (but what creative effort isn't?). You should hear the addict's thoughts that go through my head, "Just one more, I'll stop after just one more," and, "well . . . I should at least finish the paint I've already got out, after that, I'll quit." You get the idea.
Some of these Winter Solstice greeting cards will be added to the end-of-year thank you gifts I'm sending to all the clients for whom I've made custom orders this year. Other cards will head to the North Carolina Crafts Gallery in Carrboro, NC.