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Printed Mooncakes (月饼) for Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节)

Two years ago me and Phil were lucky enough to be in Hong Kong during the mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节). Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the major lunar festivals and there were a wide variety of celebrations taking place while we were in Hong Kong. I’ve included some pictures at the bottom of the post of some of the lantern festivals and the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance which I managed to visit.

To celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival this year I decided to make some mooncake (月饼) cards to give to classmates at the Mandarin evening class I attend each week. I tried two different linocut print designs, my favourite of which is pictured below. This card is available to purchase on either a white or recycled brown card from my Etsy and Folksy stores. Cards are priced at £2.50, with free postage to any location.

Mooncake Linocut Print Card
Mooncake Linocut Print Card
Mooncake Linocut Print Card
Mooncake Linocut Print Card

If you’re not familiar with mooncakes, they are pastry cakes which typically contain red bean or lotus seed paste and yolks from salted duck eggs. This type of mooncake is very high in calories (typically around 1,000 calories per cake) and filling, so they are usually eaten in small pieces with tea. You can also get more modern variants on the mooncake, including Häagen-Dazs ice cream mooncakes. I was dying to try a Häagen-Dazs moncake while I was in Hong Kong but didn’t manage it as they sold out too fast.

Urban Lantern Carnival for the Mid-Autumn Festival, in Victoria Park, Hong Kong
Urban Lantern Carnival for the Mid-Autumn Festival, in Victoria Park, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Memories Lantern Exhibition for the Mid-Autumn Festival, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Plaza
Hong Kong Memories Lantern Exhibition for the Mid-Autumn Festival, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Plaza

Urban Lantern Carnival for the Mid-Autumn Festival, in Victoria Park, Hong Kong
Urban Lantern Carnival for the Mid-Autumn Festival, in Victoria Park, Hong Kong
Urban Lantern Carnival for the Mid-Autumn Festival, in Victoria Park, Hong Kong
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Hong Kong
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Hong Kong
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Hong Kong


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Courtesan linocut print inspired by Harunobu

I’ve neglected the blog lately as there’s been so much going on at work and at home. Last Sunday, however, I managed to find some time to do some printing. Pictured below is the end result. It’s a four-colour linocut print, size 4″ x 6″. I’m new to working with multiple colours / layers so you’ll see that I missed the mark slightly in places!

The image is based on a woodblock print of the famous courtesan Shiratama by Harunobu.

Linocut print

Linocut print

Linocut print

In addition to the four-colour prints I also printed some monochrome greeting cards.

Linocut print

Linocut print