This set has a maritime, or sea-side, theme influenced by where I live, on the south coast. The images start as a pen and ink line drawing, usually drawn with an old fashioned dip pen, occasionally a modern fine liner.
The stamps are made and marketed by Chocolate Baroque, an English company with a reputation for quality, and are experts in all things stamping. Lesley and I worked to gather on the layout of the stamps, with extra ‘worker’ stamps included. They were designed to be used across the whole set – as well as with other stamps. But I have been playing, mixing up some of those worker stamps – here are the results:
The first one is ‘A dip in the sea‘, a group of old fashioned bathing huts. In the same pack comes a bucket and spade, parasol, and deck chair. The cloud comes from ‘Looking out to see‘, the Lighthouse. I used my old set of Karismacolor pencils on this one. I believe Berol have discontinued these, but any good quality coloured pencils will work.
With this one, ‘Harbour Master’s Office‘, styled on a real-life harbour office close to me, the life-ring is from ‘Jolly Roger‘, and the cloud from ‘Looking out to see‘.
‘Jolly Roger‘ is out of the water, may be for maintenance, or refurbishing, ready for the new boating season. It includes the anchor, bollard, and the life-ring. I added the sea gull, who comes from ‘Looking out to see‘.
The last one is ‘Looking out to see‘ – the happy, skew-if lighthouse.
The clouds and seagull are in the same pack, the cafe sign, beach sign, and life-ring come from ‘The Harbour Master’s Office‘ and ‘Jolly Roger‘.
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