Saturday, 14 January 2012

Christmas Gift 2011

My youngest son, his wife and three children are an industrious little family. Every year they make a Christmas card with each of them having an input. They decide on a theme, for example snowmen; then each of them designs a snowman which they then combine on the front of a card. It is good fun working out who has done what.
In Christmas 2010 they made a limited edition handmade book which they gave to their relatives and close friends. They each did a linocut to illustrate their own choice of poem which they then hand printed to accompany their picture.
This Christmas they did the same again but in a folder format.
Handmade folder and handmade paper
Title page
All linocut illustrations and printing done on a Victorian Press by hand

12 comments:

  1. what a lovely idea! and they are certainly a very talentful family !!!
    ( now i got suddenly very busy writting down all these wonderful quotes!)

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    1. There is something rather lovely about receiving a small handmade gift Demie. I think that it shows thoughtfulness, care and consideration

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  2. Dear Rosemary, So glad you shared this lovely post with us. Your family is so talented. Each and every one of the images shows so much talent. What a great idea and what a lovely and thoughtful present.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed seeing it Gina - they are all very creative and get a lot of fun doing the project together.

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  3. These are just amazing, Rosemary, what a talented family you have! My favourite is Little Umph :-D Thank you for sharing such beautiful illustrations of a family's creative unity. I just loved this post.

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    1. Kate, the Little Umph was done by my grandson. Its nice to think of them all being creative together. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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  4. Wow, Rosemary! I don't think there's any gift greater than the gift of self, and you've received that many times multiplied! You must be both proud and very touched; I know I would be! And each one of those pages is really well-designed — I like that the type changes with each illustration.

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    1. What a lovely expressing Mark - “the gift of self”, I shall remember that. I think that altogether they made around 30, and I noticed that the folder my eldest son received was made out of different paper, binding and ribbon, so no two alike.

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  5. Rosemary, that is a creative and meaningful gift. How priceless. Olive

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    1. You are right Olive - it is something money can't buy which makes it even more special to us.

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  6. this week I only looked at
    the drawing challenge
    today I scrolled
    ....
    this is THE best present ever!
    wow!
    I make lino-cuts
    but, man!
    these are so, so great!

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    1. Dear Patrice - thanks for calling again - I think that the children did very well with their linocut work, we were delighted to receive the present.

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