The Third Something

050 / Ink and Card

I’ve just come up with an idea for an exciting project and I want to tell you all about it!

Months ago I took myself to an art store with a promise to spend £30.

(This is a fun idea by the way: to go to an art store with no specific purchase in mind, and let your senses guide you to something.)

I wandered the store for an hour, trying everything and seeing what excited me and I was drawn to these Windsor & Newton inks:

Boxes of Windsor and Newton Inks on a table

I’m not sure what it is, maybe the brightness of the colours or the packaging? Something in me said “these look fun!”

I also bought some brushes and a little pack of watercolour paper.

Boxes of Windsor and Newton Inks on a table alongside brushes and watercolour paper

Sadly, I have hardly had a chance to use them in the last six months. They have collected dust on my desk.

But a week today my Christmas holidays begin and I’m determined to get the inks out somehow.

My idea came to me when I turned the watercolour paper over…

Watercolour Postcards and a brush on a table

…and discovered they’re actually blank postcards!

(Can you see where this is going?)

Yes, I want to paint you something and post it to you! It’ll be a great chance to play with the inks and an opportunity to send out some gifts to you all for being such brilliant readers.

If you would like to receive a custom hand-inked postcard in January, hit reply to this email and tell me your address and what you would like me to draw. Let your imagination run wild - I’ll try painting anything as long as it won’t get me in trouble with the post office.

How much will this bespoke, hand-crafted piece of art cost you? Absolutely zero. I won’t even charge for postage!

There is one catch: I have never used inks before so do not have high expectations!

Finally, a quick privacy note, because it matters: once I have posted all the cards, I will delete your emails, so your address won’t linger on Google’s servers in perpetuity.

It’s a really busy month for me at the New York Times. I’ll be finishing three films before Christmas hopefully, including a 12-minute piece about privacy.

Here’s one film with disturbing but important footage from the recent protests that have rocked Iran, which we turned around in just a few intense days; and in this video a cancer researcher calls out the rising trend of medical misinformation. This second one is interesting for several reasons, but I’m proud of how I achieved in form what is prescribed in content.

Until another Sunday soon,

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