Friday, 12 June 2009
Postage Stamps - Inchies
As I walked into St. Ives a few days ago I noticed a large crop of white and pink valerian that was smothered in these butterflies - I must have stopped and watched for at least half an hour snapping away ...
I thought it would be fun to make a couple of my photos into postage stamps using a flickr toys program
This week's theme on Inchy by Inch is postage stamps
I started collecting stamps as a child when my Dad gave me his very old collection of English and English Commonwealth stamps which I think he had passed down to him as a boy. I still have it and treasure it. Well, for quite a while I was very "nerdy" about stamps, sticking them carefully in albums and looking them up in the Stanley Gibbons catalogues, etc. I eventually outgrew this phase around the time I went to secondary school ... but I kept the stamps and the albums
About a year ago, I got round to sorting out bags and bags of stamps I'd put to one side because I liked the pictures and sorted them out into themes and colours and now I am so glad I did! I was able to go straight to these lovely butterfly stamps which I have used for my inchies
My job was made a whole load easier this week thanks to Karen and Gez. Karen and Gez both pointed me in the right direction of using pre cut inch square chips and Karen very kindly sent me a few to get me started. I am so grateful because straight away it was easier to get the size exactly right and they are also quite sturdy little canvases to work on - THANK YOU!!
These are the materials I used to work with:
Copper ink pad, copper glitter, strips of paper cut from wrapping paper and my favourite shimmering twinkling H2O paints in Ginger Peach, Yellow Rose and Persimmon
There was a bit of paint left in the palette so I soaked it up with kitchen paper - these paints are so precious I can't bear to waste a drop!!
and where I placed my inchies on a piece of tissue to dry it left these lovely patterns that reminded me of the lichen below ...