Sail-eared earth-surfer

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……..

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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6 Responses to Sail-eared earth-surfer

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    “sail eared earth surfer”
    That’s very good – it’s what they do – surf the earth. Flow down slopes.
    Do you know – I thought you meant paper stamps – the kind that go on letters, and I thought that was a good idea – stamps with your images on them, flying about on letters and cards. Then I realised that you meant printing stamps.
    Maybe stamps with images from the stamps, on them? Hmmmmmmmm

  2. Stuart Hill says:

    Beautiful hare, Jackie. Love the setting of the words too. I’ve always enjoyed the combination of poetry and art, so it’s great to see one of my pieces combined with such a skillful and vibrant picture; the essence of hare!

    The stamps are great too. I particularly love the kingfisher.

  3. Rags E says:

    Hi Jackie,

    Fascinating! All of it. The stamps are fabulous! I’d love to buy a set if/when they’re completed. Just finished reading Robert Macfarlane’s Landmark for the second time. It’s one of the books I carry around with me in case I get a spare moment. I had started keeping my own list of landform words years ago with an idea of making an artist’s book from it. It will happen in good time.

    I love it when you post.

    Kindest regards ever,


  4. I can hardly wait for The Lost Words!!! And these stamps are too wonderful.

  5. Deborah Vass says:

    I was gazing longingly at the stamps by the English stamp company yesterday when I was meant to be just sorting a name stamp for cards! Your are beautiful – I do hope you produce them.

  6. Angela Sykes says:

    Missing Solva Woollen Mill and its lovely shop…hope Bobbin the cat is still sleeping on the piles of rugs. I would buy a set of stamps, Jackie. Would love to visit for a couple of days and come to the signing.

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