W.Va. Grist Mill
The U.S. Postal Service released a new Priority Mail stamp feature the Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park in Fayette County. A regional spokesman said the idea was selected from more than 1,000 submissions to the postmaster general each year.The stamp features an illustrated autumn scene of the Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park, standing out against rushing water and vibrant yellow and orange trees.The Grist Mill, which is located in Fayette County, is a 1976 re-creation of an old mill that once was nearby, according to a news release from the West Virginia State Parks. The mill was built from parts of three West Virginia mills.The postal service has printed 5 million of this stamp.
Winter Fun and Global Wreath Forever Stamps
Painting with acrylic on plywood, artist Janet Atkinson created the design of the two ice skaters using a dry brush technique to give the illustration a textured, folk art feel. She explains that she used a soft, muted palette for her stylized design in an effort to “create an uplifting winter image and evoke harmony and joy.”Artist Jing Jing Tsong drew and then digitally composed the art for the snowman and snow angel stamps. With these designs, Tsong says she hoped to capture “the magic of new snowfall and the joy of being in a moment that will melt away all too soon.” Using bold colors and simplified details, she depicts a person joyfully creating a snow angel and another affixing a carrot nose to a well-crafted snowman.
In a simple scene prominently featuring a bright red northern cardinal, artist Christine Roy highlights the contrast between the bird’s plumage and the snowy background. Beginning with sketches and then moving to digital manipulation, she added her distinctive touch of texture to the design. “Cardinals have always seemed like a wonderful symbol of carrying on during winter,” explained Roy.
The Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath International Forever stamp was created under the art direction William Gicker. Michael Owens designed the stamp and constructed the wreath, which Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed. Angelica Dennis created the bow. The $1.15 Global Foreve Stamp is round and bears the words “Global Forever.”