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Making Christmas Cards


A long time ago I started to make my Christmas cards - about 140 each year.

I collect all the trims, edges and corners of the range of watercolour and printmaking papers I use in the studio through the year and tear them down to a size that sits easily on a sheet of folded A4 card. 


The quickest way to make such a large number of paintings is to use two or three wax / oil pastels and two watercolour washes. 

Having worked out a simple design and laid out 10 or 12 sheets in rows, I then quickly flick across each sheet making the key marks with each of the oil pastel colours in turn.


With large quantities of the 2 colours mixed I then quickly flood each sheet of paper allowing the first colour to dry before adding the second.

The resist element of the wax / oil pastel and how thickly the colour was applied, as well as working with the paper texture, helps create quite a complex visual result.










In 2018 I tried something different, a small intaglio print of a polar bear.......







These archive pages are old website postings of projects, locations, travels or events that I've included on the site over the years.  When no longer topical or deserving of a more prominent place on the site I move them across to the archive.   The idea came a long time ago when someone in the USA queried where a recent posting had gone.  They asked if I could re-post the item as they'd not finished reading it - and then suggested an archive section!