Faux Postage 202 : Lick ‘Em and Stick ‘Em!

P1000645

More fun with Jennie Hinchcliff, the mistress of postal hi-jinks and shenanigans! The course description said:

P1000643

art, and stamp. oh and then there’s the whole cancellation thing. so much going on!!!

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.

P1000644

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.

PRO TIP: Awl punch the corners to give yourself a cutting stop.

PRO TIP: Awl punch the corners to give yourself a cutting stop.

P1000651

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.

P1000653

Amazing how stampy it gets with the perforation!

Amazing how stampy it gets with the perforation!

If you don’t have a Rosback, there are other options for perforation.

P1000661

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!

P1000650

more awesomeness from Jennie’s collection

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.

but! I'm not the only one who keeps all those little bits of paper since ya just never know...

but! I’m not the only one who keeps all those little bits of paper since ya just never know…

This entry was posted in art and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s