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

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

Site in Germany (Yourstamps)

Started by Sandra Skies Ludwig. Last reply by Bradford Sep 14, 2015. 6 Replies

How do you use an artistamp on mail?

Started by The Fishmonger. Last reply by Eunice Probert Jun 9, 2015. 11 Replies

Two Free Artistamp Resources

Started by Lisa Vollrath Aug 27, 2013. 0 Replies

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

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by ginny lloyd Aug 11, 2013. 10 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

Terra Candella

Started by Dawn Redwood. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Feb 6, 2011. 8 Replies

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Comment by TIZIANA BARACCHI on May 30, 2017 at 9:39am

Toni! Be sure!

Stamps are made by Carl T. Chew!


Comment by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on May 29, 2017 at 11:28pm

A while back, some wonderful artist sent me a little package of 4 artistamps. I failed to keep track of the artist who sent them, and I'd really like to know. They have the word "Triangle" on them and one says "30 Years of using my swallow rubberstamp" -- they're really well done. 

Comment by Azzaro on March 1, 2017 at 1:48am

2 from my Takangarika Island Post Fish Series. Anyone interested in exchanging artistamps please get in touch

Comment by William M on February 28, 2017 at 5:17pm

Thanks Jan! They are all hand stamped. I brayered the watered down red sumi ink as background last night and then this afternoon I got the black sumi ink out and hand stamped the sheet.

Comment by Jan Hodgman on February 28, 2017 at 5:12pm

Wow, William, truly great set! So you hand-stamped these individually, or did a sheet then copied it?

Comment by William M on February 28, 2017 at 5:08pm

I think as long as it's not obviously trying to be used to as legal postage there's not an issue. I'm pretty sure this issue is discussed in John Held Jr.'s book on artistamps, but I can't recall exactly what was said in it. I know there have been artists who have sent work via the mail with only artistamps to see if the post office would notice.

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on February 28, 2017 at 4:24pm

Hmmmm, William M, I guess what I was driving toward was a legal definition of counterfeit stamp so's I c'd avoid lawbreaking while committing japery.

I imagine that illegal stamps would be those which were created in an attempt to avoid paying to use the postal system. -- or -- perhaps one w'd actually be required to try to pass them off as postage to be breaking the law.

Y'r ol' Bud,


Comment by William M on February 28, 2017 at 3:36pm

My first attempt at artistamps using rubber(or eraser as the case is here) stamps.

Fike, seems that counterfeit would imply that the stamp is trying to pass itself off as a stamp that already exists.  Artistamps seem to be less about imitation and more about pushing the envelope or just play.

Comment by Jan Hodgman on February 6, 2017 at 10:30pm

Love both Anita's and Thom's latest! Gotta get back into artistamps!

Comment by Thom Courcelle on February 6, 2017 at 9:03pm


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