I love the “holiday season” in winter. Whether you celebrate Yule/Juul, Lohri, Hannukah, Kwaanza, Christmas, or the New Year it seems that the whole world is gathering with their loved ones in celebration. Many of these holidays reference the ancient traditions and rituals of December Solstice.
This year I’m giving friends Winter Solstice Cards. The solstice is the shortest day of the year and the longest night, and welcomes longer days ahead. Solstice rituals celebrate the life-giving properties, light and returning of the sun in the coming days and months. Astrologically it represents the rebirth of the sun and coincides with a New Moon. The Waxing Moon is a good time to start new projects and set intentions.
I am a huge fan of children’s illustrator and artist Eric Carle and his tissue paper paintings and collage. Inspired by his artwork, I decided to apply this tissue paper collaging technique to my cards for an organic finish. I kept it simple by cutting out simple shapes representing the moon, trees, stars, and hearts reflecting the bounty of love and abundance of nature.
Supplies: Tissue Paper, Construction paper in various colors, poster-board, scissors, glue, craft brush and loose glitter which is entirely optional.
- Make a template of your chosen symbol and cut out multiples of it from various colors of tissue paper.
- Cut out poster-board in the size of desired cards or post card. Pre-fold your card. Cut a colored piece of construction to fit the inside or blank side of your card.
- Put some glue in a small dish or jar top and with a dry brush, apply a thin but wet layer of glue. Make sure ot only expose the glue you are using so that it doesn’t dry out and go to waste. I used non toxic children’s craft glue.
- Apply your shapes one tissue at a time. Experiment with layering colors one over another until you have the desired affect.
- You can also use colored poster-board for an entirely different effect. (black, red or turquoise is really nice too.)
- Apply glitter while collage is still damp. If the card is already dry use your brush to apply more glue and sprinkle with glitter. The glue will dry clear.
- After the outside of the card is dry, I apply glue to your blank side or interior and apply your colored construction paper.
- Once completely dry, I layered the cards into a heavy book and then placed another on top of it so that the cards would be flat. This is completely optional.
And here you have some handmade holiday cards! Fill them with a personal note, a beautiful quote or lovely ritual to take part in for the solstice. Happy Winter Solstice friends.