I’ve added some more theatrical Christmas or winter cards to my shop this year.
Although printmaking with lino is my main thing, I do enjoy other forms of art as well. Two years ago, I started an Etsy shop with some cards featuring some of my linocut prints. I opened it in the late autumn, and my very first sale was of a version of one of my linocuts of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, with snow falling in front of it. That taught me not to ignore the possibilities of Christmassy art!
The following year, I started another Etsy shop selling portraits of London theatres. These were created with a mixture of pencil, pen and brush pen on a smooth cartridge paper plus digital colour added on the computer to a high resolution scan of the outline.
For fun, I made snowy versions of the Palace Theatre, Victoria Palace and the Hackney Empire, and printed them as cards at Christmas – and people bought them.
So I’ve added a few more to the repertoire this year, after I had a request from a customer for one of the Sondheim Theatre (showing Les Mis).
So now, as well as the Sondheim, I have added The Mousetrap at the St Martin’s Theatre in the snow, a very snowy Novello Theatre (home of Mamma Mia) and the National Theatre with icicles.
These are great fun to do and I hope people like them. Perfect for enclosing tickets or reminding friends and family of a memorable outing to London’s theatreland.
Might add some concert venues next year … The Albert Hall would make a good snowy card, I think.
All cards are blank inside for your own message. Some have discreet Chrismas trees in the image, but some don’t (for example, Novello Mamma Mia, Sondheim Les Mis, The National Theatre, and Hackney Empire Panto) so they might also suit a winter greetings or birthday card.
By the way, I’ve added other Christmas or winter cards on non-theatrical themes this year, and some of my winter themed linocuts are also available as cards – like my prints of ice-skating at Hampton Court, the Tower of London and Brighton Royal Pavilion, or snow at Herstmonceux Castle.