Friday, February 17, 2012



 This is a GENERIC postcard template I did to save time in the future. I added correct postage, more than necessary, because I wanted to use both the Roald Dahl stamps and the one issued for Wales this year. I even hand cancelled the final one because it was easier than looking for correct AND cancelled stamps. I even copied Hank's address/writing to save him time. All of the next postcards will have fronts done this way. Lazy, eh?



Week 7 finds our Bookseller in Wales. He sends a postcard from a town full of bookstores- Hay-on-wye! How great is that? Wifey and he have both wanted to see that since forever, and now he has. The book he mentions is A MARVELOUS 2 Volume set, leather bound, with more than 90 plates of The Border Antiquities of England and Scotland; Comprising Specimens of Architecture and Sculpture. (Gotta love those castles, for example!)

Translation of Hank's words:
Dear Wife,
Wales is beautiful, but could use more sun. Visited Hay-on-Wye. Bought there a stunning copy of Walter Scott's Border Antiquities 1818.  A hard sell in the US but I fell in love with it. Still dying for a slice of pizza.  Hope all is well at home. "Wish you were here."
Luv, Hubby Hank

                                     

I saw a wonderfully angry sky photo of a castle in Wales. It motivated me to start the picture below with the dollar set of watercolors. I found Neocolors II in my stash and my daughter gave me more loose ones. I finished this as best I could, using the Neocolors II and uploaded. It actually looks better in person for some reason.

I must say, I didn't need many colors for this. Sure felt dark and stormy with these few, but hope springs eternal and a bit of clearing up is going on (more so in the digitized version than my original, where colors are darker.) BUT I do love the Neocolors II and hope to get better using them.




Darcy, thanks for all the fun and learning this challenge has meant! See you next week.

20 comments:

  1. I knew you would go to Hay-on-Why, you had to with Hank buying books all over the globe. Love your card! The castle looks a little scary, not really a place I would want to visit... Or maybe it is when the sky is getting darker and there's no place else to run! :)

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  2. I am jealous that you have a dollar watercolor set AND a postcard template! Thanks for the tips on how I can get caught up and is there no pizza in Wales? lol

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  3. I made the postcard template, easy to do. Guess Hank is a NY Pizza kind of guy. LOL!

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  4. great minds think alike.lol...... great picture....

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  5. Wonderful moody postcard. I can imagine all sorts of horrible things taking place in this castle! Great storyline.

    Janet xx

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  6. Super dark and brooding castle. Love the sky.
    Jen x

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  7. Gorgeous Miss Rose...i do love my neo II's (and of course finding old (well-read) books).
    I'm glad you've got your technical probs solved...if not I would miss your FAB posts each week. Aloha

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  8. gorgeous castle Rose, the neos are wonderful aren't they, I love blending with them.

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  9. What a moody piece of art you have created!

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  10. Really love your castle! I had so much fun searching for pics of castles. Makes me want to visit them someday soon.

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  11. What a wonderful castle! That town full of bookshops would be something for me, not so sure about Auntie Cissie though! Valerie

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  12. Ooh it certainly looks like a forbidding castle - great piece. Another book gem secured by Hank!

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  13. What fun to have gone to the same town!

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  14. Gorgeous card! Love the angry skies. :)

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  15. Way to go!!! Painting your own castles :D And the stormy sky too. I would definitely be wrestling Frank for that book lol :D XXX

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