I’ve recently become obsessed with Scandinavian folk art, and something about it just screams CHRISTMAS to me. I’ve been experimenting with linoleum block printing on the Vandercook lately, so I decided to do a set of Scandinavian folk art inspired ornaments (available in my Etsy shop). I drew my inspiration from Scandinavian Stitches: 21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair and Scandinavian Needlecraft: 35 Step-by-step Projects to Create the Scandinavian Home. Of course, I had to have a Dala horse and a bird, and to that I added a tree, heart, star, and snowflake. They’re printed on nice, toothy paper that doesn’t take large blocks of ink very well, so it took a bit of trial and error to get the color coverage I wanted. It’s amazing what soaking the paper and adding ink extender will do to improve how the paper takes the ink.
I had neither space nor money for a real Christmas tree this year, so I crocheted a little garland and taped it to the wall with double-sided tape and strips of Christmasy paper. What do you think? Ghetto, or nicely minimal?