My prints are available as greetings cards

Us artists appreciate all our sales, from greetings cards to original prints. So why not buy yourself something made by named hands today? The person you buy it from will probably* do a little happy dance.

Linocut prints reproduced on greetings cards. The cards are fanned out so that you can see there are six in the pack and there are linocutting tools above and to the left of the cards
A spine-down view of linocut prints reproduced on greetings cards. Three cards are facing the middle from the top and three cards facing the middle from the bottom.
A reproduction on a greetings card. The original linocut relief print of a brown trout jumping out of stylised water, mouth open, in the act of catching a mayfly
A reproduction on a greetings card. The original linocut relief print showing a cock pheasant stands in summer grasses with his tail towards the viewer.
A reproduction on a greetings card. The original linocut relief print of a pair of ducks. The duck is resting in front of the drake who is behind her with a slightly quizzical tilt to his head. They are resting in a bed of flowering daisies, grass and plantain leaves.
A reproduction on a greetings card. The original linocut relief print of a red squirrel standing up and facing the viewer with his tail up behind him and his forelegs almost touching on his abdomen
A reproduction on a greetings card. The original linocut relief print showing an otter swimming and creating a wave starting in front of his nose which is towards the viewer.
A reproduction on a greetings card. The original linocut relief print of a barn owl standing on a weathered post head slightly tilted listening for prey
Pack of six greetings cards
Pack of six prints on greetings cards (fronts)
The Catch on a greetings card
The Prize on a greetings card
The Brace on a greetings card
Red on a greetings card
The Bow Wave on a greetings card
The Listening Post on a greetings card
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Pack of six greetings cards
Pack of six prints on greetings cards (fronts)
The Catch on a greetings card
The Prize on a greetings card
The Brace on a greetings card
Red on a greetings card
The Bow Wave on a greetings card
The Listening Post on a greetings card
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*Okay, definitely, so go on—treat yourself to a pack of cards so I can do the “made a sale” boogie!

‘Six Geese NOT Laying’ – Two Colour Relief Print Christmas Card Design

A printed reproduction of six geese standing up to their ankles in snow. Some are wearing a red scarf, some wear hats, some are wearing both. One goose has her beak open to speak and her text is in red above. It reads "We don't care what the song says, it's too cold."

Inspiration

I have a friend who is a cattle farmer. She also has some very cheeky geese who send one goose to distract the humans while the others get up to mischief like scrumping apples in the autumn!

I’d had the idea for this card for a little while but decided to use Canada geese as they seem even more cantankerous than all the others and you wouldn’t want to mess with them if they refused to lay...

Design

Unusually for me, this was a two colour print, meaning I’d need to create one plate for the red bits (the hats, scarves and text) and another for the black bits (the geese and the snow).

So that they would line up when I printed the black over the red, I traced the design twice and set to work.

Here’s the image traced onto the Lino ready to cut.

The original sketch for Six Geese NOT Laying traced and back to front on the lino ready for cutting

My goodness, it would have been much easier to just drop the text into the card design when I sent it to the printer, because text is much harder to cut than feathers, fins or fur, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, I do like a challenge...

So, here’s how the red bits looked when I printed them. Ghostly garments awaiting their geese.

Come on, ink, dry so I can print the black layer!

The red bits for Six Geese NOT Laying printed and ready for the black layer

This is the proof of the black bits. Definitely ready to be printed over the top of the red layer and with that, we were done!

The black bits for Six Geese NOT Laying printed and ready to be printed over the top of the red layer

[Edited December 31, 2020]

While I was printing this card, I was sad to learn that many of the food parcels that were distributed in 2020 by the UK’s Food Banks were given to families with children.

Christmas is supposed to be magical for kids and the thought of little ones going hungry on such a big day for them was hard to bear... So I decided I would make the Trussell Trust (Food Bank) my chosen charity of 2020.

It seemed that many of you wanted to help, too and bought many packs of Six Geese NOT Laying cards.

Your generosity meant I was able to make a hefty donation to the Food Bank. Thank you.