Hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season!

This year I was inspired to do a  set of limited edition cards to share holiday wishes...A further exploration into getting my hands dirty.  The card was created with a hand cut linoleum block printed  on a deep blue background.  

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making process:

Design draft, inspired by deco motifs and laid out to suggest a pine tree.

The carved linoleum block.

Technique and palette trials.

Painting the ground.

Painted cards ready for printing.

Burnishing tools.  Once the block is inked, the paper is applied, then the back of the paper is burnished to transfer the ink from the block to the paper.

Inking the block.

Production in full swing.

One of the final pieces...each card was a bit different, which added to the interest of the project.

I'm now working on a small collection of lino-cut allover patterns and will post them soon in Explorations.

All my best for an inspired year!