Cardin’ and Taggin’ 2015

It’s that time of year again. Linocut card time! This year’s theme has kinda carried it’s way through 2 projects. The first was the card image for this years greeting cards. It was inspired by the Druid story of the Oak King and the Holly King. As the story goes these two beings battle it out every year with the aim of ruling the seasons. No one ever “wins” really cause they end up sharing the seasons. The Holly Kings rule starts summer time and continues until winter when the Oak King takes over until summer. What I liked about it was that the Oak King was a symbol for the coming spring and longer days. As we are almost at our darkest here right now in my part of the world with the sun setting around 4:30pm and not coming back up until 9 am, I thought it was a great winter card theme. My little Ladybug friends made an appearance again this year each taking on one of the roles.

Oak King and the Holly King


Then to continue onto the linocut present tags, which have become my favourite way to do these tags as of late, I decided to stick with the oak leaf as the image. I was trying to aim for small detail reproduction in this one and I’m quite happy with how it worked out. It took a bit more time to carve and some patience but I think they are the best ones yet. Happy Holidays!



Shrek of The Rocks and Signs

Often the jobs I get hired for in the theatre world aren’t always to see things through from beginning to end. Sometimes its about coming in to help get a lot of objects prepped and ready for paint.

One company I love working for is the Children’s Theatre in St. Albert. Mostly because I love working on children’s shows. They’re shows are always a lot of fun. This year it’s Shrek.

For those that are unfamiliar (because of a life recently spent under rock 🙂 ) it is a musical based on the Dreamwork’s movie of the same name. My concerns were castles, trees and LOTS of rocks. Most theatre companies don’t have tonnes of money so many times a small crew of people will follow the work beginning to end with the occasional addition of a body or two to help move large chunks of work along. That’s me…the occasional body.

Here is a few shots of the process and a simple description of what goes into taking a cube of styrofoam and turning into a rock ready for the stage.

Here’s how some of our castle pieces were finished . Similar to our rock process. They are about 12″ square.

There were many rocks of varying sizes. Some were large, others small and others yet protruding from (and around) parts of the set. It wasn’t all rocks though. Even if it did feel like it some days. There were also a number of tree stumps and castle walls to switch things up a bit.

In the midst of all this prep there was time for a fun little project. A number of  hand held picket signs and a some road marker signs. They varied in size from about  18″ x 10″ for the road markers and 2′ x 2.5′ for the picket signs. Some were smaller or more elongated. Here’s a few.

Each time I work for this company the tasks are different. Some rate higher on the fun meter than other’s, but I don’t mind. It’s nice every now and again to get projects that just let you find a zen and just go on repeat.