Ok. Thomas Cook aside, the idea of being in business is to make a profit. Sadly Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd. cannot do that. The expense of running the business is out weighing the income, so we are no longer in business as Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd. We will be retired, and art will be our hobby.
Julie will still be taking photographs, and I will still be creating pictures. Pressure will be off, we won’t have to fund the business from our own pockets, and there will be no necessity to produce any more than we want.
Thank you to all our customers, your support and encouragement has been great, and your inspiration will drive our creative retirement.
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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Another date for your diary! Thursday 3 January 2019 – 16:00 GMT (4pm)
My second set of quirky rubber stamps will be revealed on the Hochanda TV Craft Channel. Lesley, from Chocolate Baroque (manufacturers of quality rubber stamps!) will introduce the new range, and include some of her super demonstrations.
Sorry, there are no sneak previews, you’ll have to tune in on Thursday – but I will say it is not houses this time …
Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd is the coming together of a team that has been working as one for many years. This web site is our temporary home until a custom site can be built.
The initial ideas for the team is the formalisation of the production of whimsical house designs. Julie, as ‘the Lens’, spots suitable buildings for the ‘Pen’ treatment and photographs them. Kim produces the pen and ink line drawings from the ensuing images.
Some of the designs are made in to rubber stamps for crafters. For this we use the renowned manufacturer, Chocolate Baroque, where the stamps are available under the heading ‘Kim Moody’.
Well – I’ve spent the evening creating our window to the world. Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd., now has a Facebook page and Instagram account all of its very own – just search for our name in either app and we should be there.
If you see anything that needs fixing, please let me know and I’ll get it sorted. In the mean time, it’s onward and upward.
I am pleased with progress for November. Commissions continue to come in. Three have been completed so far, and another has just been started.
Featured image is a previous commission, Black Rose. Well it is Black Friday.
There are other tasks which I hope to get time to work on – a new web page for Pen and Lens Artwork (we already have the domain name), a publicity sample for my rubber stamps (available through Chocolate Baroque), and start work on designs for cards.
The release of a second set of stamps gets ever closer!
Julie is working on cards for her colour therapy healing, and colour healing journals, as well as her flatlay photos. So there is plenty to do.
In the mean time check out Julie’s Instagram page @juliemoo1960 and my Instagram page @kpm.illustration (and @the_scratchypen for coloured works).
And if you would like to discuss a commission please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org