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Comment by Mary Anne on July 17, 2019 at 2:28am

 Something I did a long time ago - not wonderful but . . .

Comment by Mary Anne on July 17, 2019 at 1:48am

Greetings Terry.  I don't know about videos and suchlike but really, there is very little to learn; one follows the muse and experiments and tries this and that.  There are no rules. To my mind, and I dare say other people will have other ideas, an artistamp is anything an artist (?) puts onto an envelope that looks like a stamp but isn't.  It doesn't have to be square; it doesn't have to have perfs or its own glue;  It doesn't have to be anything not even paper.  Lets say, for the purposes of this little project, that it has to have an element of hand-made; hand drawn, cut and paste, hand perfed or cut A full sheet or single stamp no computers allowed!

I think I may as well go the whole hog and put a call onto the artistamp group's page.

What fun. . . 

Comment by Robin Jeree on July 16, 2019 at 11:35pm

Hi MaryAnne. Ok, yes, I'm up for the task. I have two different hand-held perforator tools that might do the trick.

Comment by Terry Owenby on July 16, 2019 at 9:36pm

Hi Mary Anne, I've always preferred doing things the old fashioned way, even if it's more difficult or time consuming. I'm interested in learning more about making stamps like you said, in the "old days of cheap photocopies with sewing machine perfs and the cut-outs from magazines." Do you know if there's a video or helps somewhere on how to do this? Thanks much! 

Comment by Mary Anne on July 16, 2019 at 12:47pm

sewing machine perfs not just for stamps but also for decoration.  I have a standard letter-size sheet of paper with an image on it from the great John held Jr. and he has run lines of perfs. across it at odd angles - up, down and diagonal.  If it WERE pulled to pieces then hardly no two pieces would be the same.

In the 19th/early 20th century, stamps were marked for official use by punching letters into them so there is the idea there of using a sewing machine to write or draw across the paper.  Who needs thread?

Comment by John Gayer on July 16, 2019 at 12:37pm

I have long been interesting in combining sewing technique and paper, but haven't explored that way of working very much yet. Oh, the days of string art! Now the idea of foregoing the use of thread, but just perforating sheets of paper using a sewing machine - that is interesting. Necessity is the mother invention.

Comment by Mary Anne on July 16, 2019 at 1:53am

Good morning my tiny little dears.

I have joined with you because I have a wonderful album - well four to be exact - of beauteous artistamps: stamps by the sheet and stamps by the page, stamps ON envelopes and stamps IN envelopes waiting to be sorted.  Most of the designers are achieving wonders with their computers and multi colour printers - almost as professional as the real things - but I miss the old days of cheap photocopies with sewing machine perfs and the cut-outs from magazines.  I even have a couple of little collaged efforts - stamp sized - miniature masterpieces I think and I would like to invite anyone who feels like it to have a go at a stamp design or three.  I might even stretch to some old fashioned paper documentation if I get a dozen or so.  The gauntlet is down!  Scissors anybody?

Comment by Terry Owenby on July 11, 2019 at 8:26pm

Thank you, John, for your help in explaining the "mini" to me. I appreciate it. I have been in a few matchbox swaps myself and they are really fun. It's a challenge, but a fun one, to make small art. I have an inchie display from back when I was doing them. It's a good-size canvas with all the inchies attached. As a whole, it made for a great piece of art. I've packed it up, as we are moving. Otherwise, I would have attached a photo. :-) 

Comment by Ilya Semenenko-Bassin on July 11, 2019 at 3:49pm

My smallest collage. Size is indicated in centimeters (European system). I can do even less.

Comment by John Gayer on July 11, 2019 at 9:41am

Thanks for your question Terry. It's for anything mini. My tiny hands project got me wondering if there was group for sharing mini stuff. Have seen the occasional mini work. A couple of years back somebody did mail art in match boxes, which I remember really liking.  

 

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