For those of you who are keen Dartmoor letterboxing fans, I have been researching the birds that live on Dartmoor today and then making illustrations of their eggs for letterbox stamps. It was very interesting finding out about the different birds and how they are related to each other and where they thrive on the moors (or not in some cases) As a bonus, I found out a few things about eggs on the way; Like – ground nesting birds have eggs which are a bit pointy at one end so they don’t roll out of the nest. Ouzels and Oriels have very similar eggs. Redpolls are sighted on the moors and I think I have seen one on my bird table, and they have eggs which have hairy marks as if someone has trailed a fine watercolour brush through dark paint!
Whilst I would normally hand draw my dartmoor letterboxing stamps, this time (because eggs are so very egg shaped!) I have actually used photoshop and various filters to produce the images. Its a shame I left it so late in the day to get round to these as it would have been very therapeutic to draw them all by hand, but on the other hand – time is money!