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The Christmas Card Sweatshop

23 December 2012

We’re pretty serious about The Making of Christmas Cards in our house.

And by “we” I mean “me”.

Usually I think of the card concept (Watercolour stars? Christmas tree cut-outs? Paper snow flakes? Satin ribbon patterns?) and then I instruct the kids on what THEY can do to help ME make the cards.

This year, I gave the Art Direction responsibility to my 9 year old son.

His idea: Oil pastel Christmas illustrations drawn by a preschooler.

I told him it was a great idea and that he had my approval to make it happen.

Little did I know, my 9 year old used this as an excuse to become an oppressive creative dictator.

He stood over and harassed my 3 year old into drawing these illustrations. I’m not exactly sure of the extent of the oppression, but to his credit (and my 3yo), the pictures turned out fabulous!

Christmas Card Sweatshop 2012

(It did make me ponder over my own behaviour – surely I’m NOT THAT BAD when I’m instructing my children on our art projects haha!!)

Anyway, I scanned in the drawings, cleaned them up a little in photoshop, I turned them into back-and-front printable cards, then I printed them out… and this was the result!

Christmas Card Sweatshop 2012

I was so proud of my boys… I think!