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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Building A New Nest

Birds Nest at Dusk

I am in the process of a building a new nest, a new home on the internet :-)


It is still in the embryonic stages and there is not much content on there.  I have migrated the Blogger content from here and it can be found under the (surprise, surprise!) Blog link.  The formatting is a bit all over the place but the import came out better than I thought.  I will eventually re-direct from here to my main website and Precious Little Birdy will be no more :-(

I started this blog in December 2008 - I am a little bit sad.  I've enjoyed it on here, but in the last few years Blogger seems to have gone a bit dead.  So it makes me wonder how much longer it will last? I've decided to jump before I am pushed :-)  

I've found a tutorial showing how to do all the re-direction from here so hopefully (if there's anyone still out there) you won't lose me :-)

So long and thanks for all the fish :-)

Sunday, 4 September 2016

angelacallanan.com Rubber Stamp

angelacallanan.com Rubber Stamp

I mentioned in this post that at the time I made it - this was the most difficult stamp I ever carved, but then I did this one!

I wanted text to go with my little blackbird stamp. My usual method is to type the text on the typewriter (Silver-Reed Silverette) - enlarge it to twice the size and then trace this on to the rubber block.  However this looked too big next to the blackbird - so I had to go smaller. I really wasn't sure if I could do it but I just went for it and it came out OK.

Below is a photo of the text on the rubber block - I have carved the first few letters. The text is about 3mm high x 2mm wide.

angelacallanan.com Rubber Stamp

So I have decided to use it for my business card along with the little blackbird stamp - this is it stamped on to Canford Gunmetal Grey Card - cut and then rounded the corners.  There are a few more photos on here of the carving process - I didn't take a lot of photos because it was one of those times that when I started carving I had to keep going otherwise I would have lost the plot with it :-)

angelacallanan.com - Rubber Stamp Business Card

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Blackbird Silhouette Rubber Stamp Print

This print has been almost 10 years in the making - if I look at it in terms of the original image used to make it.  The original photograph was taken in 2006. It was languishing on my hard drive and partially written off because it was underexposed.

It all started when my brother visited from Ireland and I was looking on my Mac to find a photo I wanted to show him. We stumbled a across a picture of a blackbird in the trees. I had written it off as too dark and had totally forgotten about it.  I was previewing images and skipped past it quickly. My brother said - hang on a second what's that picture? He thought it was really lovely and said it would make a great bookmark.

This set me thinking so I began to work with the image.  The first thing I liked about it was the lovely silhouette and thought it would make a nice banner for my blog.  I liked the idea of a grey silhouette on white so produced this image and started to use it as a banner.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Kodak No. 1a Pocket Junior

Kodak 1a

This was an early birtthday present from my father.  He has had the camera for many years - inherited from a family friend. I have coveted it for a long time. When I was back in Ireland earlier this year my father very generously gave it to me.

I love it. When he gave it to me I remember thinking I would love to get some photos from this but even if it doesn't work it is such beautiful object in itself - so exqusitely made and designed.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Rubber Stamp - Twinkle, twinkle Little Bat! - Long-Eared Grey Bat

Rubber Stamp Bat Print, Close Up

In this post I showed how I made a copper plate etching and mentioned that I had also made a rubber stamp print of the same image and text - well here it is. This was one of the most difficult stamps I had carved (until I carved one this weekend! More about that soon :-)

I mainly wanted to talk about the difference in the 2 processes - Copper plate etching and Rubber Stamp. I really like that copper plate etching and the course at Cardiff Print Workshop but enjoyed cutting the rubber stamp more. I think this is because I don't like being out of control and at the whim of chemicals and presses. Because I hand carve the stamp if there is a mistake it's mine - I am not at the mercy of something going wrong with the plate, chemicals and lots of other permutations. Maybe this is because I can be very impatient? But then there are those that tell me they wouldn't have the patience to carve a stamp :-)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

RSPB, Puffin Badge - 10 Year Long Service Award - for Volunteering

Puffin, 10 Year RSPB Volunteer Badge

I was volunteering for the RSPB last Saturday and was presented with my special Puffin Badge because I have been a volunteer for 10 years. It sounds like a long time I suppose and I can't believe it has gone so quickly. Because I work full-time I always volunteer at weekends and it can be quite sporadic - especially if I have book project on or am busy with my artwork - weekends are the only free time I have. I also got a badge after 5 years - a swift - below. 

Swift, 5 Year RSPB Volunteer Badge 
I will now be very proud to wear my 2 badges the next time I volunteer - which I hope is soon - I enjoy it very much and am glad to be able to make a contribution in this way for lovely birds & wildlife :-)

Swif t& Puffin,RSPB Volunteer Badges

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Blackbird Rubber Stamp

Blackbird, First Stamps
I originally made a Blackbird Rubber Stamp in 2010. It was the first stamp I ever made. It was carved in very soft rubber and is getting a bit 'tired' so I decided to redo it. I was a little apprehensive - it was very small - about 2cm wide - and I wasn't sure if I had beginners luck in getting right first time. I used Speedball Speedy-Carve this time - the original stamp was made with a Molin eraser which as I said was quite soft.


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