Scandinavian Folk Art Block Print Ornaments

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?

About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.
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2 Responses to Scandinavian Folk Art Block Print Ornaments

  1. Ki says:

    I vote nicely minimalist. You have too many books around to be truly ghetto. Besides, if your garland looks half as good as your ornaments, it’s too classy to be ghetto, period.

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