I learned a new word recently that starts with “X”: X is for Xylography, which is the art of wood engraving in order to print with it! Xylography is the oldest know relief printmaking technique. It started in China, and then spread to Europe.
We decided to use xylography to make our own Christmas cards. This technique can be used for any holiday (hearts for Valentine’s, flags for Thanksgiving, dragons for Chinese New Year) or even to relate it to the history you’re studying!
Make the Christmas Scene Stamp
We decided to try it at our home to make a Christmas scene “stamp” that could be used to make Christmas cards and wrapping paper. Since xylographic tools are very sharp and wood engraving can be dangerous, my husband did the carving. He used plywood and wood-carving chisel tools specifically for the craft.