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Krampus Christmas Cards

By Waynechisnall @WayneChisnall
Some years, if I've got my act together in time, I have a go at making a few hand-painted or hand-printed Christmas cards. This time round I just about managed to get my act together in time. Although it would have been better if I'd started making them a lot earlier, especially since I made the mistake to posting on social media an image of my work-in-progress card-making activities, and suddenly there was a bigger demand for them than I'd anticipated.

Krampus Christmas Cards

Hand-painted 2019 'Krampus' Christmas card by artist, Wayne Chisnall.

In keeping with my usual dark festive theme, I went for an image of Krampus. He's the horned, anthropomorphic figure from Central European folklore, described as "half-goat, half-demon", who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved.

Krampus Christmas Cards

Hand-painted 2019 'Krampus' Christmas cards (work-in-progress) by artist, Wayne Chisnall.

Hand-drawing and painting each card individually was a bit labor intensive and time consuming but at least it meant that every card was slightly different from the rest of the set. Maybe, if I do the same thing next Yuletide, I'll make a start on them in November. But probably not.

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