For the past several years I have made our Christmas cards. I usually make a mixed media master and then take it to Kinko's to print copies for gluing onto card stock.
This year I tried a different technique for making our cards. I made monoprints using a Gelli plate and acrylic paints. My favorite classes in college were printmaking. Unfortunately, unless you have access to a printer, you are limited to what you can do. Using a Gelli plate makes monoprinting easy to do at home. The process consists of rolling paint on your plate and then working fairly fast to make your marks or impressions before the paint dries. This is the fun part, your choices are endless for mark making. You just have to experiment. I used a tool with a rubber tip to draw into the paint as well as a few stamps. I enjoy doing monoprints because there is always an element of surprise and each print is different and an original.
2014 - An assortment of monoprints used for this year's Christmas cards, before gluing onto card stock.
Photos of previous years' mixed media Christmas cards. Techniques include collage, stamping, stencil, and some acrylic or watercolors. A holiday greeting is stamped on the inside of each card.
2011 - mixed media -This card includes vintage wrapping paper (the snowman), and a photo of my sister, Letty, and me when we lived in Alaska in the '40s.
2012 - mixed media -Includes, in the center, a "paint over" of an image from a vintage magazine ad; reminiscent of the photo of my sister and me in the photo above.
2013 - A little Warhol and John Lennon on this one.
This mixed media piece includes a Guadalupe stamp purchased in Santa Fe this summer, hand made stamps, vintage paper, stencils, and acrylic paint.