I’ve been drawing Valentine’s cookies this past week. Inspiration came by the images I saw on social media. Beautifully decorated Valentine’s Day cookies seem to be everywhere. Treats are much more bearable to be inundated with when cruising social media than the other news found there. Sanity in sugar is my motto therefor I will succumb and create my own non-baked yummies by drawing Valentine’s cookies.
It was quite fun creating patterns like those above. It has given me inspiration to do something similar with different shapes. Let’s see where this leads me.
For now I’ll show you what I’ve done using the pretty red and white heart cookies drawn above. Whether you need a Valentine’s day card, enjoy simple design or love hearts I have created a variety of fun and pretty merchandise for you. Cute espresso cups, a rubber stamp and knob pulls are a few items found in this collection found in my Lasgalen Arts Zazzle store.
The third of my Scandinavian series of linoleum block prints is called Two Swedish Yule Goats. The Yule goat with its Germanic Pagan beginnings has always intrigued me. In Sweden the goats first origins of Pre-Christian lore to when the people worshiped the Norse God Thor. It is said Thor rode a chariot across the sky drawn by two goats named Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr.
The history of the Yule Goat takes various twists and turns with various traditions interwoven in the Swedish culture. Most often you can find woven straw goats adorned with a red ribbon as ornaments, illustrations of St. Nicholas riding a goat or giant erected goat placed in town centers for the Christmas holiday.
Grabbing the carving knives again I have started a new Scandinavian designed print project this month. My intention was to work on this project prior to the Christmas holiday and create my own holiday cards but this did not happen. There seemed to be a shortage of red Speedball printers ink shortage in this country. I traveled to two different local art stores and neither of them had red ink. I checked my favorite online art supplier and they too didn’t have what I needed. Finally a supplier could be found on Amazon for a hefty fee, so a splurged and can now proceed with the project.
The first of my projects were a simple heart and star linocut. For the heart I carved a stitched like boarder around at 3.7 cm square block. I then carved three hearts one inside another leaving the heart in the center as white. Inside the very center of the hearts are red and white circles.
The stars include a red boarder and red star in the center. White circles and white leaves are found in the star along with another more intricate star in the center. This block is also a 3.7 cm square. The results of this project can be seen in the image below.
Now that the holidays are over I’ve decided to utilize these two blocks to create a four squared pattern for prints. I love the folk art styled designs and have also begun two other linoleum blocks with Scandinavian motifs.
For fun I’ve added this Christmas inspired print to various items for the home during the holidays. For example this Christmas tree skirt below looks wonderful with this Scandinavian design. View all the products at the Lasgalen Arts Zazzle store.