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To infinity (well, 2020) and beyond …

The end of one interesting year and the beginning of another. And I’m ready for your commissions!

My favourite nine of 2019

2019 was the year our son left home, two sets of rubber stamps were released, we moved to a whole new life in Devon, the new business (see previous posts) was closed, we met new people, joined in with new groups, encountered physical problems – and started the long process of sorting them.

2020 will be a year of building on past experiences, developing friendships (and acquaintances), learning new skills, continuing to improve old skills, and dealing with all Life’s day-to-day incidents. Hopefully you, my dear readers, will continue to ask for your houses to be drawn.

On an arty note, 2019 was quite varied. The main focus has been the quirky house caricatures, draw with dip pen and acrylic artist ink, but there have been forays in to the world of colours, too.

In May we were at the BADFA convention in Crick where I sat in classes for Traditional British Canal Art, (by Wendy Grattan) and a stylised Polish Blue Rooster, (by Sharon Wolf). From the Canal Art class I was inspired to paint a house name plaque in that style, for our cottage. I was also inspired by the team at FolkIt, with their folk art brushwork, to paint Christmas cards. I have put together a ‘favourite nine’ board to showcase the year.

Set 3 – A street of houses
Set 2 – The Marine set

Must not forget my popular ‘Kim Moody’ house stamps, the third set, made by Chocolate Baroque, was released in May.

These complimented the ‘Marine’ set released in January.

So, here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2020, and I look forward being trusted with your commissions in the new year.

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All at sea

Back in January my second set of stamps was released with a show on Hochanda TV, presented by Lesley from Chocolate Baroque.

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 Baroquean 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:

Chocolate Baroque - a dip in the sea - rubber stamp by Kim Moody
A dip in the sea

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.

The other three were coloured with Koh-I-Noor water colours – available from Chocolate Baroque. These water colours are vibrant, economical to use and blend beautifully.

Chocolate Baroque - harbour master - rubber stamp by Kim Moody
Harbour Master’s Office

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‘.

Chocolate Baroque - jolly roger - rubber stamp by Kim Moody
Jolly Roger

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‘.

Chocolate Baroque - looking out to see - rubber stamp by Kim Moody
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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Big Day

For six months I have been working with Lesley and David Wharton, of Chocolate Baroque, craft stamp makers.Chocolate Baroque presents Kim Moody

Back in March one of my quirky ink buildings was spotted by Di Oliver (Tando Creative) who suggested that it would make a good rubber stamp. She put me in contact with Lesley, and, after a phone call, a deal was struck.

Today, 2 October, was the culmination of our efforts. A set of four of my stamps were revealed on television. The show was Hochanda, a hobby, crafts, and art shopping channel aired at 10:00. The show was presented by the enthusiastic Leonie, and Lesley demonstrated the stamps.

It was a good day to launch a new product, there was lots of interest, and plans for future releases. Here are examples of the first set. Check out the Portfolio page for my other illustrations.

Visit Chocolate Baroque to order your set.
(There may be a delay until back orders are complete)

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