More on the language of liquid

It is time to introduce you formally to the twenty-six otters of the alphabet. They have been made for me, from my original painting, by the wonderful team at The English Stamp Company.

Now it is time to use them and play.

The first thing I did was to use the capital otters to write the world otter.

For £30 (SOLD) this could be yours, signed. Just email me to secure and then donate £30 to Herefordshire’s campaign to place The Lost Words in Hereford schools. 

In their campaign you can pick the school you wish to support and choose to donate personally or anon. £30 will support 3 schools. After this first one has gone, anyone still wishing to have a stamped otter word can do so at £20 to the campaign. Or…

There is this, which is as Otter letters should be written. £40 ( SOLD) to the Hereford campaign will secure this one. Again, email me, using the email link.

Once this one has sold, if you desire the Otter Word then a minimum donation of £30 will see one coming your way.

And for decoding, here is the otter alphabet.

This is a sizeable piece, the first printing, and comes complete with error as I printed the ‘i’ upside down. 76 cms x 56, printed lettering. Signed. £500 to the Hereford school campaign will secure you this piece. It will be unique, as I hope to get all the letters the right way up next time! And….

Well, these are something I would not normally offer for sale. They are a piece that went wrong. I was trying to handwrite the otter letters of love in large size, but misjudged my placement, the balance, and ran out of room. And isn’t this often the way with love. You think it’s a good idea, but somehow in that first flush you misplace your balance, and tip. And ordinarily this is the kind of piece that I would have to dispose of, but, well, it seems quite fitting really. Love is always rather difficult and so this, now is ‘the Otter Letters of lov’ and ( I will add the missing whiskers if a buyer wishes. Leave them out if not) It’s a big piece this, 105 x 75cms on beautiful thick watercolour paper.

Not sure which of the crowdfunders this will go to. Perhaps we can decide together, the buyer and me.

To give you an idea of what a ‘bargain’ the Three letters of lov are, below is the word ‘soul’, also known as The Soul of Otters, also in sumi ink and river water ( both are painted with Solva Woollen Mill river water) and this piece will be for sale at £3 000, at some point. ( Yes, it’s true, I would sell my soul)

Soul is written in joined up otter writing…. there will be more. Money for the Soul goes to me though, because even artists and their children need to eat.

These otters feed my soul.


About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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4 Responses to More on the language of liquid

  1. Adam says:

    I am smitten by your otter phase (although maybe it’s not a phase, hard not to love otters full time). Otters and hares have been my favourite animals since childhood so you see why I’m drawn to your work. It stems from spending my boyhood summers fishing. Perhaps one day I will be lucky enough to own an inked original. I can but dream.

  2. Oh how very, very beautiful!

  3. Denny Taylor says:

    Hi Jackie,

    Such a pleasure to read about you in Country Living. I am Welsh but live in New York City. I often pick up a copy of CL because it reminds me of the UK countryside. So glad to spend some time on your website and blog.

    I wondered if you would give Garn Press permission to repost one or two posts on your blog? We are a philanthropic press supporting teachers and scientists selling GP books below cost. Here’s a link to the site:; you can also view my research here:

    I am going to order a copy of The Lost Words and I am very grateful to you for your incredible commitment to the environment and wildlife, especially otters and birds!

    Kind Regards,
    Denny Taylor
    Denny Taylor
    Professor Emeritus Literacy Studies
    Founder and CEO Garn Press

    “Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

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