It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Poles apart – Christmas design, 2012.

Here is my entry for this month’s Tigerprint design competiton. The theme, Coming Together at Christmas, provided an opportunity to explore what Christmas means to me and to look at what things provide those “I love Christmas” moments.

For me, it’s about connecting with family and friends. When they are far away, coming together at Christmas also means sending handmade cards through the post (yes, the old-fashioned way). It’s one of my favourite things about the season.

My ‘Poles apart’ design features nine little scribble birds/animals (representing countries all around the world). I imagine them on wrapping paper, gift tags and bags. The design looks particularly festive in red but I’ve also made a bright green version and one using a brown paper background (see below).

Christmas design – penguin, 2012.
Christmas design – polar bear, 2012.

I think my two favourites (penguin and polar bear) would also work as cards. The ink drawings have been scanned and turned into vector images. The backgrounds are a mixed media and digital collage of vintage stationery. Sometimes it pays to be a magpie : )

10 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

  1. Oh, Anna, these illustrations are wonderful. I particularly love them on the brown paper background. They would make a delightful series of prints. Will you be offering them for sale?

  2. OH Anna these are so lovely ! I haven’t looked yet at the Tigerprint comp you mentioned but finger’s xx’d for you ! I love the vintage mail type thing I’m experimenting with some postcard type things aswell .
    . … however first I should be getting on with my ShootandSketch for this week 😉
    It’s been so nice finding your blog and the others .

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