I've been thinking about making a Robin print for a long time and had a few requests for one. After a visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall I was inspired again to make one and more importantly finally got round to doing it.
The first time I visited the Eden Project I thought the bird song was a recording, but then found out that the cheeky little Robins had taken up residence in the bio-domes.
Again strange things started happening when I was photographing the print outside - there was a robin in a tree above me. Something similar happened when I photographed my Goldfinch print. I wonder how they know? ;-)
Here are some photos of the stamp in progress. I did a drawing from a photograph I took at my parents house in Ireland. I did some tests with my inkpads to make sure I had the right colours. I ordered 3 different inkpads trying to get the rust/orange colour right and finally ended up using one I already had - Memento Tangelo - but stamping it twice to get the depth of colour.
Original Drawing and Photograh
First Cut - outline
Almost finished - Experimenting with colouring pencils
Nearly there - testing inkpad colours