It seems I am continuing with my theme of chicken prints, but this time, it’s a card.
Eggs and chicks have been associated with the Christian holiday of Easter as well, because of the symbol of new life they represented.
I had previously done rabbit-themed cards for Easter, but wanted to come up with a new Easter card this year. In my studio, I had a stash of custom yellow ink left over from printmaking my Russell the rooster print. Because I am a little bit stingy with art supplies, I came up with an idea for using this color in a new card. It wasn’t all economics that drove the idea, as I was intending to do a new Easter-themed card this year, but sometimes reusing something you have on hand really works.
Here’s how I created my new “Eggs and Chicks” card.
The eggs are carved out of one block of lino, and the yellow ink is rolled on the glass.
Next I apply the ink to the eggs…
… and lay the card stock on the inked block. And voila! Eggs!
Many cards are printed with yellow and hung to dry on my studio clothesline.
Next, I carve the little chicks out of lino. These guys are pretty tiny, so it’s almost like making a stamp. This is what they look like after printing, and I’ve washed them up for next time. The black ink stains the block, but won’t affect the next run of cards.
The “Eggs and Chicks” card hanging on the wire to dry.