Christmas Card 1993

Quick Chinese style brush painting

My cards for 1993 were quick poster-paint (gouache) paintings in a vaguely Chinese style. Unlike any of my card sets before or since, I did the picture on each card by hand rather than by mechanical (photocopier, photography, computer printer etc.) duplication. I painted them in 1993 based on a more detailed version I did in 1992.

From the responses I had to previous years' pictures, I realised that the art rather than the humour was what people liked in my cards so I painted pictures on cards that year. As I made 40 of them, I needed something that I could paint or draw quickly. The year before I had painted one simple mock-Chinese picture of a person fishing when I saw examples from a Chinese painting course my mother was on. I realised that, as the technique was based on simplification & quick brush strokes, I could simplify the picture further and do it quickly in bulk. I added the mass-production technique of doing the same part of each card together rather than one card at a time (this also allowed drying time between colours). I spread the blank cards around my bedsit on the floor, desk and any other available surfaces and started speed-painting. The 40 cards took only 2 hours.

Of course the exact picture varied between cards. The scanned is the one I kept for myself for reference and is representative, neither the best nor worst, of the set. I have edited out the crease-marks that resulted from the fold on the left hand edge.


Card assembly instructions to duplicate the original (well, but to produce a printed copy that is; to really duplicate the original, you would need to get painting!):

  1. Get the high resolution full card scan printed using a laser printer (or print once and duplicate by photocopier) on the right half of a landscape orientation sheet of A4 160 g/m2 white cardboard.
  2. Fold the printed cardboard into an A5 greetings card with one straight crease.

More Christmas Cards

For the rest of my Christmas cards, go up to my Christmas card gallery page.