Printing Cards of Hope - the Mindful Series

 Completing sketches for the relief blocks.

Completing sketches for the relief blocks.

 Carving a small block based on the sketch of the poppy pods.

Carving a small block based on the sketch of the poppy pods.

 Printing the feather. 

Printing the feather. 

 The cards are printed! Notice that I used my new sans serif Twentieth Century Modern alphabet. I like the combination of the modern/simpler type with these images. 

The cards are printed! Notice that I used my new sans serif Twentieth Century Modern alphabet. I like the combination of the modern/simpler type with these images. 

 Little bits of nature providing inspiration in my studio - my 'inspiration tray'.

Little bits of nature providing inspiration in my studio - my 'inspiration tray'.

I recently completed a suite of cards which I entitled the Mindful Series. Working on these tiny prints was a way to consider and ponder the attributes I aspire to. I want to be kind, hopeful, a good listener, and believe that I can help to make the world a better place. I began by completing drawings of bits of nature (found on the 'inspiration tray' in my studio). I then completed a linocut from selected drawings, added bits of text and printed the cards on my Vandercook Sp 15. Take a look at the process - a very therapeutic way to deal with my concerns and hopes for the world. 

 All the blocks carved and proofed; ready to print! 

All the blocks carved and proofed; ready to print! 

 I printed the shell on a small mat of orange. 

I printed the shell on a small mat of orange. 

I find designing and printing cards a rewarding process. I love that customers buy these 'messages of hope' to send to their friends and family. Just another way of making the 'world a better place'.