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ArtiStamps Creators

A Group for all that love and make artistamps. Stories, concepts, special issues, All there is to know

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An artistamp (a portmanteau of the words "artist" and "stamp") or artist's stamp refers to a postage stamp-like artform. It is similar to a Cinderella stamp in that it is not valid for postage, but it differs from a forgery or a bogus stamp in that (typically) the creator has no intent to fool any post office or collector of stamps. (However, depending on how the stamp is used, it may be difficult to distinguish artistamps from local post stamps.) The artistamp is intended to be a miniature artwork which can depict or commemorate any subject its creator chooses.

Discussion Forum

"To perforate or not to perforate? That is the question"

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Ficus strangulensis Sep 23. 11 Replies

Newbie to Mail Art

Started by The Artful Writer. Last reply by The Artful Writer May 27. 5 Replies

Site in Germany (Yourstamps)

Started by Sandra Skies Ludwig. Last reply by Jean-Philippe Gilliot Sep 18, 2018. 8 Replies

How do you use an artistamp on mail?

Started by The Fishmonger. Last reply by Azzaro Jul 19, 2018. 13 Replies

Found some great scissors for cutting stamp edges!

Started by Terri Jones. Last reply by Keith Miller May 31, 2018. 7 Replies

Care and maintenance of perforator

Started by A Badger. Last reply by A Badger Oct 31, 2016. 9 Replies

Where to get sheets of dry gum paper

Started by A Badger. Last reply by A Badger Oct 14, 2016. 7 Replies

Two Free Artistamp Resources

Started by Lisa Vollrath Aug 27, 2013. 0 Replies

Help for How to Create Stamps

Started by Rachel Fasig. Last reply by Dorin Cojocariu Dec 22, 2011. 19 Replies

Help needed....

Started by Scott Thomson. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jun 20, 2011. 3 Replies

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Comment by Robin Jeree on July 28, 2019 at 7:16am

Such a pretty stamp Carolyn! 

Comment by Mary Anne on July 28, 2019 at 12:12am

just had a quick play . . .

Comment by Mary Anne on July 27, 2019 at 11:59pm

You make it sound like a chore Carolyn - it is supposed to be a pleasure.  You could just use pen and ink - or pencil even - though not a biro.  For heavens sake, not a biro!  Whatever you do, practice first before you mark the originals. . . 

Comment by Mary Anne on July 27, 2019 at 9:53pm

Several options come to mind: rubber stamps might work if you have some or, perhaps better still, grab your scissors and head for a pile of magazines. 

Other than that you could add the type with a computer gizmo such as 'paint' or, if you really wanted to collage, type what you want to put into the computer , print it out whatever size is needed, then cut and paste . . .

I'm sure other people will have suggestions too.

Comment by Adam Roussopoulos on July 26, 2019 at 7:11am
Comment by Mary Anne on July 25, 2019 at 2:12pm

I do not indulge much in archive activity except when it comes to Artistamps.  I keep them all and can never bear to part . . 

When, in 2003, Guy Bleus designed a REAL mailart stamp for the Belgium post I decided it was ok to include the occasional real live stamp amongst the arti stuff so I began a page of 'fake artistamps'.  I do not go out searching for them but another arrived this morning; Lego from France. Crazy!! (and no real perfs either)

Comment by Thom Courcelle on July 24, 2019 at 2:51am

Feel free to download and use...

Comment by Mary Anne on July 17, 2019 at 2:00am

I have been chattering away in the mini-mail art group and somehow found myself with a little project that may be of interest here.

I was reminiscing about the days when people cut out imitation stamps from papers and magazines, drew stamps by hand or used collage or photocopies all hand perfed with needles or sewing machines.

Wonderful things are being done with computers and home printers but I miss the element of hand made, the random and the experimental.

So I have hatched a project.  send me any hand made artistamps, singles or sheets; on envelopes or enclosed inside.  Anything as long as there is an element of the hand made.  If I get a dozen or so I will come up with some sort of paper documentation for every one.  No deadlines. No themes. No rules!

address is 128 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX U K 

Have fun and surprise yourselves.

Comment by Miguel Zavarof on June 28, 2019 at 1:31pm

salve !

Comment by Domenico Ferrara Foria on June 22, 2019 at 7:04am

 

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