In the Post
latest updates: stamps
My journal page for 11-24-12, Christmas activities and dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. marker, ephemera and watercolor in a watercolor moleskine.
One Human’s Trash is Another Human’s…Collage Art Supplies
I absolutely love looking at the postage choices people make when they send personal mail and I especially love postage from other parts of the world. When I get something with interesting postage, I put it into this work-in-progress collage. I like to look at the way the different stamps set each other off and remind me of specific things (a birthday card, a letter from a friend, a wedding invitation, a little note from family, etc.). So, this is my contribution to this month’s theme challenge.
A few years ago I met 2 strangers on the internet. One of them was Stephen Sloan who is an artist, book binder, street performer and an eraser carver. He has inspired me in so many ways. I finally tried my own stamp carvings when making a gift for a friend. This is a “test page” testing 4 stamps of crows I made during the last week. It’s getting easier with the right tools and lots of practice. Oh, the other stranger I met was Rachel Kopel my art buddy, book maker and mail artist. Thanks guys!!
Work In Progress
I’m not sure if this one is done or not; I go back and forth on it. It started as a collection of interesting stamps and labels. I had no idea there were so many variations of camel cigarettes…I’ve seen at least five distinct packages over the last few weeks and the variety intrigues me.
Power of the Post
A collage from the postage that arrived on several pieces of mail within a few days of each other (somehow both of the cats are in the veterinarian’s automated reminder system multiple times).
As I was filling in the page around the stamps it got me thinking about how reliable the U.S. postage system is and how powerful that quick, easy communication is.
The last pages of my moleskine, I had a bunch of used stamps and I wanted to make it as a bit of a collage as a keepsake.
Better than throwing it away or store it somewhere where you will forget about it!
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