Too many ideas and not enough time, so I decided to breathe easy with another drawing while thoughts are gathered. I’ve so many things happening over the next few weeks, with new prints arriving, book launches, Edinburgh Festival with James Mayhew and Mrs Noah’s Pockets ( 14th August) and then into the launch of The Lost Words. There is not enough time to sit at home painting and writing, too much out and about.
So, follow the progress of pencil and paper, to the sail eared earth surfer, written by Stuart Hill. Prints of this will be available. I do love playing with my printing blocks.
Gilded some of the words because I like the way the gold sits on the paper with the pencil tone and printing ink.
Meanwhile I have been making some stamps for myself and for Robert Macfarlane for The Lost Words signings we have planned.
With the help of Rhian Wyn Harrison,( I’ve known Rhian for years, went to the same school, diverged in our ways, and have come back together again, and love her witty work) who helped me to resize images, and The English Stamp Company, who were brilliant, I made 3 stamps, two wrens, two kingfishers and one snow hare. Now I want to make more. Planning a big one for signing The Lost Words at Solva Woollen Mill, and the book will be on their website soon for pre-orders. Also want to make other stamps, of hares and moons.
With the stamps I first did small paintings, twice the size of the 3cm stamps. Rhian resized them for me as I am too lazy to learn how to do this.
I bought different ink pads so we could experiment, see which colour worked best. The hare came out well. There’s only one of these. It’s Rob’s.
Time to paint. Might do a set of 20 stamps, one for each of The Lost Words. Might just make a few more……..