Friday, February 27, 2015

Moving Write Along!

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) by Winold Reiss
Conte crayon and pastel on artist board. 

This postcard is recipient lives in Beaumont, Texas. History matters. I must make amends for not posting a tribute for the 28 days of February, but the brain thaw came late this year. It's never too late though, is it?

Moving right along . . . I used the post office inside our local Ace Hardware today. I could not face another long drive to the main post office. Change is good, and the postal clerk in Ace is so friendly, unhurried, and kind. I get to practice being patient there as well. There's plenty to look at while you wait, so there's no cause to be bored. Ten pieces of mail were left in her in her capable care. I am on such a roll for sure.

This is my new project. I'd keep it under wraps until my ducks were lined in a row but I need help. I bought Color Box's "Frost White" archival pigment for my Black Mail stamp, which has not come yet. As you can see, the black paper drinks the ink like sand drinks water. It goes on nice and white; it is slow to dry and smears even after twenty-thirty minutes, while the Gelly Roll pen's ink is a staunch trooper. I have not tried Dr. Martin's white Bombay India ink with a dip pen yet. So much to do; so little time to do.

This is slightly better. 

I sighed here.

Here's a close-up. The pigment tends to flake after it dries. I cut the little Knee-highs & Bowties snail from the sheet of stickers. It's just the logo but has so much appeal, right? Moving right along . . . I think I'll visit Texas Art Supply to see if they have a better white stamp pad and better black stationery. I so want Black Mail to be a success. It's another bright idea on the drawing table. So, HELP! Any suggestions? Recommendations? Can you help a sister out? 

All of the above are destined for tomorrow's mail drop. There's more I haven't photographed, but here's a weather flash: It snowed in Dallas! My mom called and she was so happy. She also got the magazine I sent. Mail really does matter. I promise to share some of the goodness I've received as soon as I get caught up a little bit more on my back-log. I appreciate your efforts and you not giving up on me even when I couldn't write back. Mail Amnesty is all about forgiveness and understanding.

Write on.


  1. Hummmm...I am not far as the stamp pad, I understand you can use acrylic paints (white) with rubber stamps.....probably google how.....that might work? But better test out the theory. And a white Gelly Roll pen works great on black card stock -- I have been using one a lot. Love the Black Mail on there -- right on, sister!

    1. Thank you. I have acrylics so I will test the white tomorrow.

      I discovered Gelly Roll pens this week. None of the others worked half as well, so I was reluctant to invest in more white gel pens. Sakura's claim of "ice cream smooth" piqued my curiosity, and here were are. :)

      Black mail should not be a bad thing, right? And I have a horde of black postcards and envelopes on hand, and figured I'd put them to good use. Thanks for liking my Black Mail, my sister. I am grateful that you share your knowledge/experience. Live and learn. :)

    2. let me know how the white acrylics work. BTW -- You should clean your rubber stamp after using that paint on a damp paper towel .... hope it isn't too late for that little tip.....oops.
      And, of course, Black mail is a good thing!

    3. I will. I'm working on my dip pen skills and enjoying writing with Gelly Roll. Hmm. The ink is touted as being "ice cream smooth" but is called Gelly Roll.

      Yes! Black mail is a good thing. It's not just for blackmailers any more. :)

      Thanks again for the tip.

  2. I love the black mail project. I'm afraid I can't offer any solid tips though.

    1. Thanks! You might have a little Black Mail in the future. :)

      A comment is often as good as a tip. :)

  3. Curious George.... uh, Randall..... here. Was there any trouble with the USPS and the zip code "code" they often stamp on the bottom of the letter? It's usually black or dark ink, so I wouldn't think it would show up on your black envelopes, but maybe it doesn't matter... or maybe the ink is magnetic or something? Curious minds want to know!

    1. LOL! Hey! I don't think the black envelope is an issue. The credit card company that sends invites to their card used a lovely black envelope. I've used them before with no problems. I never gave it a thought! Thanks for the heads up.

      Oh, and none have been returned. Now I wonder if my BlackMail made it. :(

      Now I'm curious. Will ask when I make tomorrow's postal run.