Daily Sketch and Art: Window Kitty, Snowy Night

linocut of cat in window
“Window Kitty, Snowy Night”, linoleum block print with iridescent finish © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Kitty is waiting in the window for you to return home.

I designed this linoleum block print for my holiday card in 2001. The design is based on the actual scene that met me many snowy nights when I came home from my day job and seeing one of my kitties in silhouette, Sally for many years, then Sophie, sitting on the windowsill at the big casement window facing north, the light falling across the snow on the ground below.

It’s printed in cobalt blue ink on smooth yellow card stock, and the ink wraps completely around the back. It’s then lightly rolled with iridescent glitter in a clear base to simulate the sense of falling snow at night as you move the card. Unfortunately, it doesn’t scan or photograph well, you’ll just have to use a little visualization…

I had initially used all sorts of other glitter to achieve the effect, but it either obscured the design or just fell off in the envelope when it was mailed. Each year for four or five years I experimented with another type of glitter, unsuccessfully. I put it away for several years until 2012 and decided I’d revive the design somehow, even if it just meant printing the design on the paper, which is nice on its own, though I really felt the need for the extra dimension of glitter. So it took over a decade to achieve that final idea, but it was well worth it.

As with the “Meowy Cat’s Mess” card I print these cards one dozen at a time, let them dry, then roll on the iridescent finish and let that dry, add a little label to the back with my information, then finally fold it.

This card is also 5″ x 7″ and printed in water-based acrylic ink on yellow card stock, iridescent glitter finish hand-rolled onto the paper as described, and hand trimmed and folded. It includes a matching envelope in your choice of yellow or white. Card is blank inside and can also be framed, though I haven’t made any wood-mount versions of this, but only for lack of space! Find this card in my Etsy shop.

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What else was I sketching on this date?

Trzy Koty, 2011

conte sketch of three cats
Trzy Koty, Cookie, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine, conté crayon © B.E. Kazmarski

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4 thoughts on “Daily Sketch and Art: Window Kitty, Snowy Night

  • December 25, 2013 at 8:26 am
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    Merry Christmas to you and yours from Deb, Dan, Harley, Zee, Zoey, Mia, Peanut, Rolz, Kizmet, and our Angel, Mr. Jazz

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  • December 25, 2013 at 7:14 am
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    It is so welcoming to have this sight, many of us -those who live with cats- can remember a version of this scene, a feline companion at the window waiting for us.
    Beautiful artwork, by the way.

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    • December 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm
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      Thank you, Maru–the inspiration came from years ago but I’ll always remember being welcomed home from work on a late night.

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