I was a bit slow making Easter cards this year, but finally got around to making some – just in time! I opted for a fritillaria design. The fritillaria image is a linocut print, which I’ve tidied up & added text to in Adobe Illustrator.
Although my Christmas cards this year are handmade I didn’t make each one individually by hand in the same way I have in previous years, instead I created the design in Illustrator and printed them from the PC. To give them a more hand-crafted feel I decided to create a stamp from lino & use it to stamp each card and envelope. I decided on a nice simple robin and holly design in red ink. He’s pictured above tidied up in Illustrator, and below as he looked when stamped by hand on the inside of each card and outside of each envelope. That kept me busy for some time!
This is my second film star lino cut print in a couple of weeks. This time the subject is Ruan Lingyu, 阮玲玉. Ruan was a big star of the Shanghai film industry in the 1930s. She has become an idol partly due to her suicide at the age of 24, which is attributed to a combination of abusive relationships with her lovers and pressure from the press. I discovered Ruan through Liu Ye’s beautiful paintings of her, and then went on to watch her films and admire her work as an actress. Her films are fairly easy to get hold of, especially her most famous film The Goddess, and also check out the Stanley Kwan film about her Centre Stage featuring Maggie Cheung.
A new monochrome linocut print, carved and printed last weekend and finally cut to size and framed this week. It’s sized 5″ x 7″ and printed on a pale purple card.
The image is based on a photo of Louise Brooks. Brooks fascinates me. Her life story is a perfect tragic tale, of a brilliant actress whose career was ruined by the studio system and her own unbending personality. I find that photographs of her convey a sense of that forceful personality, as well as her beauty.
中秋节快乐 / Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
Today is Mid-Autumn Festival, an important holiday in the Chinese lunar calendar. Mooncakes (月饼), pastry cakes which normally contains red bean or lotus seed paste and salted duck egg yolk, are eaten at the Festival and are frequently given as gifts (they tend to be quite expensive).
Pictured below is one of the mooncake linocut images I created for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
Last Saturday was my Dad’s birthday so I printed him a card featuring one of his favourite things – rallying. I decided on an image of a Subaru, my Dad’s favourite, throwing up a cloud of dust. I had a go at printing it on both a white & recycled card, and it’s available from my online shop if your dad would like one too!
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.
In addition to the four-colour prints I also printed some monochrome greeting cards.
Me and my team mates at work are in the process of organising a charity craft, cake and plant fair. All proceeds from the fair will be donated to two cancer charities nominated by a colleague who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The fair isn’t until the 16th August but I thought I’d better start making some items to sell. I’m hoping to create a range of items (time permitting!) but thought I’d start with a linocut print.
This print is based on a Harunobu print of the courtesan Shiratama. I’m planning it as three colour print, but so far have only completed the black / outline layer. Below is a test print of the initial work.