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.
Salford,30th June 2017
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
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.
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 ?
I find it truly amazing
delivered from hand to hand
and cascade to the floor
through my door
the recipients ecstatic
at the colourful print
give out a hint –
They want more
And so, without fail
they search out the sale
the latest editions from Royal Mail