Merry Christmas!

Hi all and Merry Christmas!!

Every year I design and send out a Christmas card to friends and family. This year, however, I decided not to only design it, but also did the lettering and screen printed them with the help of my good friend and colleague Marty Azevedo.

Screen printing is something I always wanted to learn. At college, we had a class where we did linoleum cuts, monoprints, and things like that. However, we did not do screen printing. As a result, I have always been curious to do it. Last semester I screen printed a small print with the help of my friend Megan Moore. For that time, I decided to screen print a very small sketch I had done. I enlarged it, prepared the art we were going to use and Megan spent a Saturday last April teaching me how to screen print. That time I only printed 5 prints but they were roughly about 11″ x 15″. Here is the sketch of that project:

This time, I needed to print over a 100 cards. We ended up printing 175 because I cut a 22″ x 30″ sheet of black paper down to have 4″ x 6″ cards roughly. That was quite the process! After that, it was time to prepare the screens. Since I had two, we prepared both screens so that Marty could help me print too. That was a good thing since I am really slow. 🙂

As it turns out, many people have complimented the card and have really liked it. I am very happy about that and I am thinking of doing more of them.

I did some sketches of ideas to practice or get the feel for the layout and the letters. Here are some of them:

Here is the final sketch of the card:

@Alma Hoffmann. Card sketch.
@Alma Hoffmann. Card sketch.

And here is the photo of the final card. The light ink is actually silver ink.

©Alma Hoffmann. Final Card.
©Alma Hoffmann. Final Card.

I have been practicing more lettering since then. I hope to do more cards and maybe even large format lettering projects. I hope you and yours have a wonderful and safe Christmas!

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