Postage Stamp Art


Today’s ATC prompt was postage stamp. Fun! When I receive mail with a cool stamp on it – I save it in a drawer with a bunch of others. When Creative Crafty Friends posted the challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to use for my ATC today.

Isn’t this awesome? What a fun stamp and thankfully I kept the cancellation stamp as well. I don’t always do that. I knew immediately that this was the stamp I wanted to build an ATC around.

Stamperia recently released an 8″ x 8″ pad of oriental paper that I just love! The two similar looking papers are from that release. The pink flowered paper is a piece of chiyogami Japanese paper I bought in Ontario at the Japanese Paper Place a few years ago. I wanted to do something with these papers. And hahahaha! I just realized I didn’t really stick to that plan. Sorry.

This is the backside of the paper on the left. I liked the saying it already had printed on it, and decided to go with this for my ATC base. I used my paper trimmer to cut a 2.5″ x 3.5″ piece including the drop down saying.

I liked the look of texture already incorporated in the paper, but I wanted to add more. Of course I did! Hahahaha! And I mentioned recently that I should show you my trash plate. Well, here it is. I have been using this plate for a couple months. No need to throw out a perfectly good trash plate. Hahahahaha! And it is starting to get some character. That Daler Rowney acrylic ink you see comes with an eye dropper. I added a little bit of the black ink to my plate . . .

. . . and used a fan brush to make splatters. Yes, I did make black ink splatters on a black background. Hahahaha!

I trimmed up the edges of my piece of ‘art’ and inked around the whole thing with black Archival ink.

These two pieces went through my sticker machine. I don’t know what I’d do without the sticker maker. Hahahaha!

Obviously I didn’t need the entire piece of chiyogami, so I hand tore out a section and adhered it in place. The rest is still on the sticker paper, so I can use it another time. To keep things consistent, I inked the edges of the chiyogami with the same black.

I thought the stamp piece would work better if it was actually two pieces, so I made that happen. After removing the sticker backing paper, I popped them in place. I thought about splattering more ink at this point, but I didn’t want to cover up any of the beautiful postage stamp.

I recently got some new sticker words in the mail. When I opened the package these words fell out. They didn’t have any adhesive on the back and I couldn’t find what page they came from. No stickers were missing. Just these were extra. Strange. But I thought they would work well here, so I put some scor tape on the back, inked their edges and added them. But something still felt incomplete with my ATC.

I am always thinking mark making. How can I make more marks? Here are two of Jane Davenport’s Paint Over Pens and a white water based Sharpie paint pen. The Sharpie also comes in oil based but an instructor in a class I took a long time ago said to always use the water based, so I do. I don’t know why except she told me to. Hahahaha!

And after a few dots here and there I felt my postage stamp art was now complete. Tomorrow? Animal! Yes!!! Want to join us? You can get to Creative Crafty Friends by clicking those pink letters and join. It is a load of fun! I promise!

12 thoughts on “Postage Stamp Art

  1. Spectacular ATC!! What a great combination of colors & shapes. 🙂

  2. That black oriental paper with the vertical sentiment really sets the scene for this whole piece – it’s that tiny splash of pink which picks up the pinks everywhere else. Also the lines made by the pink there tie in with the detailed structured wire mesh in pink around those pillars on the stamp. The blue dots echo the blue in the stamp image & the white ones down the left side echo the bird superbly as well as the white of the chiyogami, not to mention the fibres of the torn chiyogami accenting the white lines of what I take to be brown brickwork in the stamp. What an altogether fascinating ATC.

  3. Nice! Love the colors!

    I understand why your art teacher said to only use the water based pens for paper but for other projects you want the oil based paint pens. I love them! I use the oil based ones for drawing on things like fake pumpkins, ceramics, etc. They write on most any surface and once they are completely dry they are pretty permanent. I especially like the fact that they come in some pretty small nib sizes. Just thought you might like to know my experience with them. They open up lots of possibilities for tangling.

  4. Hello it’s me and hope you are well. Love all oriental designs. Really pretty ATC xx

    • thanks, dawn, we are doing great. mark is fishing finally – so he is happy.

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