My Handmade Holiday

14 Nov 2011

This is a monotype print I just made of a winter scene. I went over it with pastel to get the motion of the swirling, whirling snow. It'll make a great card for some lucky friend this season!
This is a monotype print I just made of a winter scene.
I went over it with pastel to get the motion of the swirling,
whirling snow. It'll make a great card for some lucky friend this season! 

I've long been fascinated with holiday greeting cards. I've collected early samples and traced the development of some of my favorite motifs and images.

Often the works are like miniature masterpieces—particularly those that employ early printing processes like woodcutting and hand-coloring. Being able to see traces of the hand of the artist or craftsman who made these recalls how intimate and immediate such humble gifts can be.

A few years back I started making my own holiday cards--they started as simple line drawings of nocturnes and winter scenes that were embellished with touches of gouache or watercolor washes.

The very making of them was a unfailing mood changer for me--like baking up a batch of cookies, I was soon in good cheer. And my friends and family members who received them were enchanted with these little winter follies. In later years, I made the cards more elaborate and used collaged elements--bits of fabric, trinkets, feathers, and even photographs.

This year I'm inviting all of you to share in this process with me by creating a few artworks or "cards" inspired by the season. Give them as gifts to those around you and they'll be cherished mementos for years to come, I'm sure. And be sure to upload images of your cards or seasonal artwork to our Move Over Hallmark! Holiday Card Contest.

The image that gets the most of your votes as the top favorite in the Move Over Hallmark! Holiday Card Contest gallery is the one that we will use to send out to all of our professional friends and contacts in the arts community and in the entire Interweave community as our holiday eCard. Your artwork is the way we'll be able to convey our heartfelt wishes to all for a brilliant new year. You can upload your cards until December 10, 2011.

Cheers,

Michael

Editorial Director

American Artist Magazine

 


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