24 July 2012

A story with pictures

Here is a cool photo, maybe I posted it before, it is from somewhere in Italy - I don't remember where I took it, but I love the flowing forms.

On the weekend I made my sister a birthday card (with the stamps I carved, but for the lettering) and a notebook.

I also made a card for a lady that was leaving work. Kind of my first time focussing on watercolour for an image. Good medium - no need for strong outlines! Marie loves Murray Grey cattle and she has a rural property.

I posted a few postcards today. Continuing the theme of historical Italian magazines with my parents. Natesh lives to fly his remote controlled planes. I still have a lot of blue card stock, but picked up heaps more offcuts on the weekend and have many new colours to play with.

When I was planning Marie's card I was hunting for fairly stylised images of chickens in case I drew a whole farm. I saw this old canister in a shop. It was a pretty simple image, so I copied it. I used a Pental Aquash pen for the outline and filled it in with gouache. I do like working on mount board.

Eventually, I had an ephiphany of sorts. It's time to start decorating my own writings, poetry mainly.

Actually, I first thought about this after seeing Jung's Red Book. Lately I have been very focussed on children's books and illustration generally, perhaps feeling like I have neglected my poetry, but without inspiration what can you do?

Appreciate what you have more.

17 July 2012

Now with magic

If we're talking glue, make mine an UHU.


Accept no substitute.

15 July 2012

Busy busy

I read an entertaining piece from The New York Times about being busy. It includes the following:

"More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary."

What a wonderful thing to say.

I was fairly excited to enrol recently in a course called The Art of Picture Books at the local university's Centre for Continuing Education, but it was cancelled due to lack of interest.

Lately I have been drawing galahs. You can see a postcard I need to finish too. In the Richard Scarry book check out the rhinoceros dentist and a walrus dental nurse.

A few days ago I had a wisdom tooth extracted.

12 July 2012

Hanging around

My week off is nearly finished and I have been making things, tidying up and relaxing. It turns out that Canberra had the coldest June since the invention of the digging stick. With the carbon tax having recently commenced, Australians have risen to the challenge of finding alternative means of doing the same thing. This is me below trying to stay warm. I may even need to finally buy a television.

I decided to make nine notebooks as gifts and have sent five off already. Two were a conventional A6 size, with stamps and other decorations. For my young nephew and nieces I made them A5 size with felt covers and did them a title page each. It's acryclic felt from Spotlight, 16 pages each, hand sewn.

I received an invitation to a baptism in Adelaide in the mail, but decided not to RSVP via SMS as it gave me a chance to use an illustration for a postcard. The picture is by Joan Gale Thomas from God Of All Things and is appropriate. It is from 1948. I sent three other postcards this week, but they were mostly decorated with stickers.

A bunch of other stamps arrived from America, including the alphabet I used for the kids books. Although the font is vintage typewriter I was hoping it would be a little bit sharper. These two stamps below are pretty cool, as they are my initials.

08 July 2012

Stamps (on postcards)

You probably noticed I have been incorporating stamps on my postcards lately. Well, a whole new bunch arrived on Friday from Yellow Owl Workshop. Excellent service.

There is not really a parable to the first card, I just don't have any other stamps with words on them. I carved the clouds, waves, grass and boats below myself. Once I had made the first card, I remembered I would have to make one for the other sibling old enough to care or problems would ensue.

06 July 2012

A couple more postcards

Miss Dianna demanded that two post cards arrive the evening of 9 July for her very special visitors.


Did you know that Australia Post has legislation providing that, under law, a mail item that has been sent is deemed to have been delivered?

Now you do.

You have been looking at Herge's Tintin and elephants from The Saggy Baggy Elephant.

02 July 2012

Surprise! More postcards

All images are from Little Golden Books (or what's left of them in this case): The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Happy Man and His Dump Truck and The Tawny Scrawny Lion. Oh, and The Poky Little Puppy snuck in too.

Some birthday cards

Neither of these cards went in the mail.

The first was too big and too late! The second had moving parts.

Mountboard and coloured paper and card.

I decided that the missing element to my postcards was stamp variety, so I went shopping.