bookmark_borderHere’s That Pelican Brushwork

Here we go with that first pelican image I was talking about last week. I did four copies of this one. The first one is quite large, occupying most of a sheet of 9″x12″ paper.

Pelican 01 01

The others are smaller, to leave more room on the page for writing.

Pelican 01 03
Pelican 01 04

This last one I rotated a bit to make it occupy even less of the page.

Pelican 01 02

Traced from “Pelikan” by Christoph Schaarschmidt (2021). This photo was one of the top 50 photos in the CEWE photo awards competition of 2021. I saw this photograph of a pelican, and just thought it would make a good writ scroll or other recognition of service. The dignity of this noble bird shows through, as does the dignity of those who perform service in the society. I traced the photo and colored it in the “tsukuri-e” (built up paint) style.

bookmark_borderStamp Card

At the Tokyo Japanese Store here in Pittsburgh, where I get most of my Japanese groceries, they give you a stamp on your stamp card for every ten dollars in merchandise you buy. When you get 50 stamps, it’s a $10 coupon for the store. That’s only a 2% rebate on groceries, but everybody knows the real value comes from collecting the cute little stamps they use. They change them out every week, and must have a huge box full of hundreds of them at home. Here’s one I completed earlier this year, but did not want to use until I got a scan of it.

Stamp Card

Please don’t use this image to get $10 off Japanese groceries.

bookmark_borderMore Pelican Brushwork

I just realized that I never posted about the first set of pelican brushwork, but here is the second set of pelican images. The story here is that the “Order of the Pelican” is the SCA peerage order, much like a Knighthood is for fighting, but for service to the society. I saw a terrific photograph of a pelican in a page about “best wildlife photographs of 2021”, and I realized that the image would make a great Yamato-e scroll blank. Maybe not for a peerage, but maybe for a “writ”, an invitation to consider entry into the order. I thought that image came out OK, but I hunted down another image because I wanted one in flight …and here it is!

Pelican 02 01
Pelican 02 02
Pelican 02 03

My paintings are derived from a photograph posted to Awesome Sasquatch in 2013 by Ken Chan. All credit, any vibrancy and splendor in my image is entirely based on his image.

bookmark_borderStorage Box for Stickers

Over the past few years, I’ve had a number of custom vinyl stickers made by If you get on their mailing list, they send email every couple of months about specials, and for smaller stickers the price for a minimum order of stickers is usually less than $30. It’s kind of an extravagance, but sometimes the monthly special is for a set of colors that are useful for some SCA heraldry or other shenanigan. Anyway, having all these banded bundles of stickers around is starting to get annoying, so I built a box to organize them.

Box for 2.75″ stickers

I still have some thin wood scants left over from long-ago projects, so it was a pretty simple thing to split some to size and glue up a little box. The interior of the box is 12 inches long, 2.8125 inches wide, and 2 inches deep. There are no fasteners or fancy joinery. This box won’t see much abuse, so I’m hoping glued butt joints will be sufficient. The wood is kind of special, I guess. The label said it was mahogany. I think it was intended for the dollhouse building boom of the 1990s.As you can see, this box is nearly full, so I may need to make another one some time.