They aren't just for collecting!
Cancelled Postage Stamps
are for art too!
I love postage stamps and mail art. Some family members collected postage stamps in a previous life, so there are lots of cancelled postage stamps nearby that I've been rather afraid to touch. But, amazing what you're willing to do while wearing brave girl panties.
I wanted to first make a red bird postcard with red stamps. I am shocked at the minimal number of red stamps I could dig up. Well, I didn't want the first project to wreck up the only red postage I could find. And there were plenty of blue stamps, so I made a blue trial bird first.
Oh boy, was that fun! So on to the red bird. I found the pinkish purple Happy Birthday stamp for the wing because I was going to send him as a birthday wish to Carol.
Oh, but I love him so! And with only two more red stamps found so far, I could not let him go.
Then there came the butterfly.
And then came some postage people.
For me, these represent the child in all of us, no matter our age.
This idea came from another artist. I struggled to figure out how to blend the stamp with the body, and shear determination got me to where I wanted to be. The other artist did not seem to be willing to share her secret, so I worked out what works for me...finally.
The technique needs some practice, but it's been great fun adding adult heads to children's bodies by way of postage stamps. And some famous heads at that!
Gosh, I sure hope I don't glue, chop, color or sew a rare $100,000. valued postage stamp.....yikes!
May today be a Good Mail Day!