Thursday, 1 October 2009
You know how it is; you want to make a handful of nice Christmas cards, you want to use relatively traditional images and you'd like them (please) to be relatively straightforward so you can produce dozens (in minutes, preferably). Yep. Well, first I had to get over the fact that my much reduced collection of Christmas stamps didn't feature one single Christmas tree. Lordy. So I made a mission of setting this right, and have achieved a pleasing erm, forest, frankly. And the tree you see featured in today's horribly lit photo is the very last one I thought I'd ever buy. It's from the Dee Gruenig range. But surely, I hear you cry, even you Julia, could scribble that with a broad nibbed pen. Yeah. I fell into that trap too - and wasted more minutes than I needed to trying to reproduce it satisfactorily, even once. And I couldn't. Mr Dunnit pointed out that buying the stamp meant that I could reproduce it 8 kerjillion times without using a whole pad of paper, in any colour I liked and, extra Christmassy bonus: Miss Dunnit wouldn't learn even more anti-social vocabulary whilst I struggled with my 'art'. Oh, OK then. So I bought it. This was last year. And this year, I'm still loving this ridiculously simple scribble tree. And I still can't copy it with a pen. How I wish I could even scribble to a standard like this! I've learned my lesson too - if I look at an image and think 'I can probably draw that' - I can't. Just buy the damn stamp.