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The task can be greatly simplified if you are going to give a child the project but for our project the brief was:
Each stamp had to have the price and the queens head, we also had to have our designs reduced down to the size of the first day cover and we had to produce the wallet to go with the stamps.
We were given the following, below we have a postage information sheet, a copy of the queens head that all stamps require, a sheet of the actual stamp size the finished piece needs to be and a large sample stamp to work our designs to. So that we all had to get our work reduced down to the size of a normal stamp from the larger sample sized stamp we’d been given.
Choosing your theme…
This is what I came up with.
I’ve always loved Winnie the Pooh and all his little friends so for me it was easy to choose my subject.
I decided that all the characters on my stamps would be writing a letter and each stamp would have a title to the Pooh books.
The 24p stamp has Winnie the Pooh and below on the 28p stamp I’ve got Tigger writing his letter.
On the 33p stamp I’ve got Eeyore, this design I ended up changing this one wasn’t working for me.
Piglet is on the 39p stamp with paper and quill.
It isn’t always perfect first time…
Change things if you don’t like what you have done.
This is the changed design for Eeyore.
The finished stamps
Now for the finished set of stamps, I used a watercolour paper 300gsm and watercolour paint to colour in my designs. I also used a fine liner to out line Pooh bear.
For those of you who are old enough to remember it, I used Letraset for the title of the book at the bottom and the date it was out.
The limited edition cover.
The last part of the project is to design the limited edition cover envelope that unfolds to give you information about the stamps.
This is my idea for the inside to include a mock up of the text and the images to be used.
It changed a little before the final creation.
So as you can see we had to mock the text and supply and add Images.
Keeping your work
I really did enjoy this project, designing stamps was a great learning curve.
I am glad I hung on to all this work from college as it’s a great reminder of my past achievement.