A festive theme

Sometimes you just need to experience the joy of making and it has to be said, Christmas offers a ready-made theme to explore.

So I’ve been playing with Adobe Illustrator and the graphics tablet, making repeat patterns (very quick go):


Free machine stitch for my cards:


Plain old Sharpies for my wrapping paper:


Teaching myself lino cutting for more wrapping paper and piecing together a few decorations on the machine:

And a rather haphazard clay garland for the 12 days of Christmas:


As there’s not getting away from the festive theme with children, even if you wanted to, it’s a case of:  if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  And make it work for you.


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