It’s amazing what you can accomplish using the simplest of materials. With a traditional steel-nibbed dip pen and colored inks, you can create finely detailed images that resemble engraved prints. While experimenting with these materials, I hit on the idea of making postage stamps for my own imaginary countries.
The Hunt Crowquill pen is perfect for this kind of work. I find that the best detail is achieved using a “stippling” technique, making the smallest possible dots. Winsor & Newton Colored Drawing Inks are perfect for this kind of work, and I chose Strathmore 400 Series drawing paper, which has an interesting texture and off-white color that is perfect for faux-postage.
All of these materials are available through Art & Design Supply. Coming soon, a demo video of how these stamps were drawn.
Written by: Vera, Art & Design Supply’s Fabulous Customer Care Specialist