Bong Tree

On the Coast of Coromandel
Where the early pumpkins blow,
In the middle of the woods
Lived the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo …

I painted this postcard today:


I’m not entirely sure, but I think that it’s a Bong tree – they are mentioned in the second verse of The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo by Edward Lear. Why on earth did I paint a bong tree surrounded by lollipop flowers?  Because I felt like it!  It is done using Derwent Inktense pencils, something I’ve had for a while, but not really explored to their full extent.  So I set out to do a little doodle and really put these pencils through their paces, which I did, and I learned some useful lessons about how they differ from normal watercolour pencils along the way.

You see just before Christmas I spent a couple of hours with a very nice lady from Derwent and I’ve been sitting on the news over the holidays –  Graphicus is about to become an official stockist of the Derwent pencil range – yay!!  We are expecting our first delivery in this week and I will be featuring several types of pencil on my next TV show on Create and Craft with tutorials on how to get the most out of them.

I have always had a real addiction to pencils and have tried many over the years, and I’ve always been fond of Derwent because I am a Cumbrian lass born and bred and spent my last two years at school in Keswick where the Derwent pencil factory was at the time.  In fact several people at the school used to work there at the weekend, including one boy with white blond hair who used to come into school on a Monday morning with his hair coloured by whatever pigment they had been using in the factory that weekend!

There’s another reason I painted this too – a desire to just play.  I’m not doing New Years resolutions, but I am making some personal committments to myself to step outside of work-related creativity and do more creative play for myself.   Don’t worry, there’ll still be lots of stamp-related creativity going on here – there’s got to be because we have LOADS of new stamps coming out this year, starting with a whole bunch of gorgeous stuff for our annual trade show in mid February.  Start saving your pennies now because I honestly don’t know how you’re going to choose!

And talking of stamps, I’m back off to my craft room where a rose collage is taking shape …


PS – if the new look blog is slow to load, it’s probably because the old page was cached in your browser, making it load quicker. The same thing should happen with this one too, but it would help to know which bits take the longest to load – background, header, images in the posts??