This year's Christmas card is my rendition of a Superb Fairy wren. There were a pair of these tiny birds in my backyard and they even laid eggs. They don't really have gold on them, that is my addition. The boys are a beautiful blue and the girls are brown.
A whole flock!
This is the soft material which is carved to make the print, like a stamp. It's much easier to carve than the traditional lino. I drew the image on the block and carved away the bits which I didn't want to be black.
I rolled the ink on to the carved "lino" making sure it is completely covered . Just turned it over onto the page from a old Boys Annual book. After it dried I added some colour using gouache. Then added the gold leaf by painting the area with special glue, waiting a little while and then placing the fragile gold leaf on top.
The printed page bird was then mounted on a card with double sided tape.
Wishing you a very, very merry Christmas. I so much appreciate you having a look at my arty endeavours!