Crawling Gnomes are a relatively new Danish tradition, it was introduced by the Danish artist Frederik Bramming in 1947, and became very popular during the 1950’s and the 1960’s.
In the 1970’s they where used for satirical purposes and when I was a kid in the 80’s i remember we had som old ones, which we had probably inherited from my grandmom.
These days crawling gnomes from the 50s to the 70s are highly collectible, and downloadable dyi-sheets with crawling gnomes are increasing popular these days.
I have always wanted geeky-yule decorations, but could never find any, so this year I decided to take matters into my own hands. Together with my partner in crime, Martin Fredskov, a very skilled illustrator who I have been working with for a long time, we started designing our gnomes with heavy inspiration from the geek- and hackerculture.
You are free to download and use my gnomes for personal purposes, if you use it commercially, on YouTube, redistribute them in any form, you must credit me and my channel, but you are very welcome to do so 🙂
I printed them on 240g paper using my color-laser printer, I think 240g are the heaviest paper normal printers will take, after that I gave them a layer of varnish and after about and hour I cut them out with a scalpel.
You can see the progress on my YouTube channel.