Release date: 1 November 2018
Each year, we release Christmas stamps that celebrate the Christmas holiday as we know it in Australia today, spanning both traditional and secular themes.
The traditional Christmas stamps for 2018 are based on paintings by Ursula Betka, which were created using age-old medieval techniques. The glowing-jewel like colours are achieved through the use of egg tempera, a mixture made from a blend of natural pigments and egg yolk. The exquisite gold brocade effect was achieved with burnished 23-karat gold leaf and the traditional medieval method of scraffito, where the decoration is delineated with a fine, sharp metal point. The Madonna and Child and the Musical Angels are depicted within a mystical landscape. Heaven is brought to earth and the created world is transfigured by the divine presence, uplifting the soul.
For those who prefer a more secular Christmas, the three typographical stamps, illustrated by Luke Lucas, mark the festive season as a time to gather with family and friends in a spirit of peace, understanding and goodwill. Festive words, taken from popular Christmas carols “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Jingle Bells” and “The First Noël” are presented in a ribbon-like fashion, as a nod to the popular act of gift-giving.
65c Madonna and Child
65c Glad Tidings
65c Jingle Bells
$2.30 Musical Angels
All of these designs are available as Personalised Stamps.™