More fun with Jennie Hinchcliff, the mistress of postal hi-jinks and shenanigans! The course description said:
Students will further their correspondence art and postal savvy by learning the ins-and-outs of faux postage! Starting with a show-and-tell of contemporary artistamp makers, students will gather inspiration for creating their own in-class stamp sheet. Different techniques for hand perforation will be discussed; students will also learn how to use the Center’s turn of the century Rosback Perforator. By the end of class, each student will complete one (or more) stamp sheets.
and that is exactly what we did! Jennie has all sorts of wonderful and amazing examples that she shared. (Repeat to self: I will be inspired, not intimidated, I will be inspired…) After a bit of talking she turned us loose with templates.
She gave us a few different kinds of papers, but I had to go out to my car for something, and saw maps so I decided to use those. Some watercolor pencils and ink stamps and brush pen and time to meet the Rossbach! From that era with form and function (alas I didn’t get a picture of the whole machine), beautiful and well made and just.keeps.working.smoothly. And such a cool thing. OOO! perf perf perf(ect). Really made me curious about how USPS stamps are made.
If you don’t have a Rosback, there are other options for perforation.
At first when she said sewing needle I thought, “wow, that must be time-consuming.” Ah, with a sewing machine. Yes, that would be much easier.
Apparently there’s also dry gummed paper, if you want to be super stampy, or there’s always the magic of glue sticks. You don’t get the lick (er, that’s your choice I guess) but it does stick!
Super fun, great info, and always really cool to see what the other folks in the class come up with! And yes, I did want to call it fauxstage, but apparently I’m the only one who really enjoys that. At least it seems like that is not what it goes by.