HAPPY HOLIDAYS, 2014!Crafting Holiday cards has been a tradition in our family since ~1998. Most of the cards are on display on a website, clicking on recent ones (2010 onward) provide links to how they were made. This year, Heidi pushed me away from the art board. To make this beautiful rendition of a Poinsettia plant, she blended her photography, batiking, and design skills. Here is how she did it:
Summary: Photography > Batik > Digital Design
Phase 1: From Picture to Cloth
Photograph Poinsettia > Print Copy Onto Paper
Expand in Copy Machine > Outline Edges on White Cloth
Heidi took the Poinsettia picture Dec. 2013 and has been eyeing it ever since. It was destined to be a template for some other craft. Printing it Summer 2014, she used an enlarged copy to trace the outlines onto a cloth. This enabled subsequent dying.
Phase 2: Selectively Color Cloth
Trace Edges to Cloth - Mask Areas With Removable Wax
The art of batiking involves masking sections of the cloth with removable wax. Using the photograph to guide which areas should be kept light (i.e. the white background), the artist protects the cloth with wax. Then the artist dyes the entire cloth, setting the darkest areas first. The original wax is kept on, and more wax is applied on the next gradation of color. Then the cloth is dyes again.
- Masking & Dying & Drying (mask lightest areas first..i.e. white, pink, etc.)
- Applying new masks... Mask On Areas Desired To Be Lighter/Pinker…
- Repeat...darkening the exposed areas
Phase 3: Iterative Masking – Dying - Drying
Beware, annoying husband's hell-bent on documenting the process may photograph you with your hair "up." Crackled wax provides a cool, vein-like pattern. The wax can be removed by bathing the cloth in hot water...the wax melts and floats to the top.
Phase 4: Photoshop
Finally, the cloth is photographed and Adobe Photoshop is used to experiment with some lettering.
In this case, "Noel" in landscape mode wins! Then an inside needs to be made to match the front:
Print copies are sent to an online print company. First proof arrived Nov 13th. It looked fine, so it was approved. A stack was ordered to arrive ~Nov-20th. This allows a few weeks (over Thanksgiving) to prepare the cards and issue them prior mid-Dec.
This marks the 17th year of hand-crafted Holiday Cards! Check out the others at:Team Lindberg Cards. So that's it. From our family to yours, have a great 2015! Sincerely, Team Lindberg (Seth, Heidi, Erin, and Connor).
Cool Update: The McCrone Research group's card also features a poinsettia!