An overall sheet of Meowy Cat's Mess wrapping paper.

Feline Hand-printed Wrapping Paper, Meowy Cat’s Mess

Meowy Cats Mess is a linoleum block print, and each sheet of paper is hand-printed on 100# Kraft paper that are more or less 24″ x 30″; my paper is 30″ wide, and I do my best to cut it from the roll at 24″, usually a little generous.

Paper is shipped in a mailing tube. Shipping is included in all prices.

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About the artwork

This 5″ x 7” design is a linoleum block print I designed for my holiday card in 1996. I like to do something different for my holiday cards every year, and in 1996 I decided I’d revive my love for block printing (and it was one of the creative things I did in the aftermath of losing Kublai and Allegro).

The design is derived from hand-lettering and playing around with fonts, plus tiny cat silhouettes I had designed for various projects representing all the cats in my house at the time. I added a border just to be decorative. It’s printed in water-based acrylic ink on 80# kraft paper in alternating red and green.

Block printing is a technique wherein the artist carves the surface of a piece of linoleum, leaving raised areas which will become the image. Ink is rolled onto these raised areas, then a piece of paper is pressed against the block and when it’s lifted away the ink remains, leaving the image on the paper. Because of this process, each print is slightly different and therefore unique.