Last week, I (and all the other sellers) got an email from the good folk at Folksy telling me to get my act together, Christmas-wise, only they said it in a more professional way.
Having removed the fifty-six shoe boxes I have squirreled around the house, I discovered these beautiful Gorsline illustrations, half-made.
The American Artist, Douglas Gorsline did the most beautiful illustrations to accompany the classic poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore. This version was published by Random House in 1975. The quality of the print is exquisite (my phone pictures do no justice) and the paper is that lovely heavy matt I’m always ranting about. Surprisingly, the pages were stapled together, you can usually expect a bit of beautiful stitching with paper of this weight. Needless to say, the pages have all fallen out. Of course, the book was ripped and torn and in a general bad state of repair, otherwise I wouldn’t consider cutting it. Usual rules apply, I never cut up a book which could otherwise be read.
Instead of my usual food packaging, I’ve used some old Paperchase Christmas cards as a base. A friend gave me a couple of packs a few years ago, which she had bought in the sale. She decided not to use them because they seemed faulty, sort of a rubbery glue on the back, maybe a printing problem? Anyway, the glue came off easily with a razor blade. It’s good quality recycled card. There is a lovely little penguin on the back, but the designer is not given credit, so unfortunately I can’t name him or her.
So far I have made nine cards, there is scope for making more, but I might leave it until next year.
They are in my shop.