I finally got around to doing tiles. I guess I was waiting for the right inspiration. I recently met someone who is a marketer at an auction house that specializes in rare stamps. It was an interesting conversation. It seems that stamp collecting is sort of passè and the whole market is changing. I thought it might be fun to engrave the image of a rare stamp on a tile. There are plenty of neat looking stamps out there so one of the difficult parts was choosing one.
My first foray into this was engraving the One Penny Black on a slate coaster, but as luck would have it, I gifted the coasters and forgot to get a pic so it was on to tiles.
I chose the Inverted Jenny for the tile. The stamp is “rare” because of the obvious goof of printing the plane in the middle upside down.
To create it was nothing fancy in terms of file creation, I decided I wanted to create a vector of the stamp so I traced an image of the stamp and modified as needed. One of the stamps I used sharpie to color it and on the other I used red acrylic paint. I rubbed in the color with pen or brush then wiped away the excess. With the sharpie I used a little alcohol and it seemed to help create a sort of aged look.
One thing I can’t quite figure out is why the engraves came out dark. You can see the darkness in the stamp border. That is how it looked before coloring. In most examples I have seen on the forum, the engraves are very white. Perhaps I engraved too deep and should have aimed for just removing the glaze, but not sure. I tried to clean it up but it didn’t budge. I am sure it is not a laser tile, too. I picked these up at an art store that was, unfortunately, going out of business. I dont think they are particularly special . Anyway - here are the pics. The first one is the acrylic. There was no color added to the plane.