Getting crafty

Art

Salford, Wednesday 8th August

#crafts #stamps #art #ink

Returning to a craft, I enjoyed doing.

The medium…simple enough linoleum, like the stuff mum and dad used to tile the kitchen with, only a lot more plainer than the colourful patterns that contained

My tools, an inked pad, like the ones they had at school, and a carving tool…with attachments you had to treat like a drill

The subject, a common tree leaf, basic as you can find at this time of year, and drawn out onto the linoleum and then cut out

Transferring the design onto the Lino in reverse, came first. Do it the other way you would get a reverse image…and that would just be daft.

You took care with the tool…that thing cutting into the medium could also take out the ends of your fingers. Once finished the carvings went into the bin. Before I did a test run.

Letting the ink form a thin layer on the Lino, before applying just the right amount of pressure to print onto the paper

For a first attempt, it’s not that bad…I’ll be giving it a go with some watercolour to create a picture, later.

Landmarks

Architecture, Buildings, Heritage

Salford,30th June 2017

Hi folks.

The prompt for today’s post comes from a strange source – in that its not technological at all – it’s the humble letterbox.

Aside from my scribbles – and photography – I am a keen philatelist – or stamp collector.

There’s a reason for this – the pictures give me a source of inspiration in my own writing and photography, and the information contained within give me impetus to explore the world around me.

To avoid the fidgety nature of hanging the mini pics in an album – I get first day covers, which have an added bonus of having a cancellation (or postmark) with a connection to the subject matter.

Todays missive, however – brought a smile to my face

The forthcoming issue – Landmark Buildings has a stamp subject I’ve become very familiar with over the past few years

Iwm Waterside

Yes, the iconic branch of the Imperial War Museum in the North, where I help out as a volunteer, has found its way onto a Royal Mail First Day Cover.

It joins other iconic landmarks such as the Everyman theatre in nearby Liverpool and the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff.

 

On the Edge

Character, Stamps, writing

Edge

image

Its a dangerous thing being a postmark –

pressed down on envelopes by the postmaster.

Your message lost by the recipient …

all they are interested in are the contents,

and after they have them…you end up in recycling.

but day after day you appear on the stamps,

hanging by the address of your crest for dear life.

Only to meet certain doom as the envelope

tumbles into the nearest steel bin

every day, you pray for a stamp collector

but enjoy the drop through the letterbox.

A temporary daredevil

do you like living on the edge ?