©Amy Peacock 2002
So, you might be asking yourself, "what are artistamps?" Artistamps, also known as faux postage, are just like postage stamps that you buy at the post office, EXCEPT, they aren't real postage - meaning they don't have any monetary value as far as the post office is concerned. They are tiny little works of art. Some people make them using different tools than I have here, but the results are similar. Artistamps are much like RAKs and other exchanges of art - they get added to an envelope or postcard on the outside (which is often a piece of mail art in itself!), or can mounted and sent inside the envelope.
In honor of the 3rd Anniversary of AML:
I completed an artistamp in cooperation with two other Amys. One Amy designed the fish itself and all three of us took that basic design and used our imaginations. This is going to be a special mailing for the members of the AML list who are interested. Each recipient will get a mixed set of the stamps, one part of the fish from each of us. We have dubbed ourselves The Little Sisters of Indolence/Indulgence (we couldn't decide...).
My FYI artistamps here are created using pregummed perforated paper. But you can create yours using any kind of paper you want. If you are one of those lucky souls who has access to a perforator then you can perf them after you do the art. I understand that perforators are generally antiques and very rare and expensive.
I created both the Oak Leaf Post and the Litha Post on speckled paper using my computer to create a faint dotted line for cutting.
Lots of artistamp artists create their own country, realm, planet, dimension etc. They give these places names and create legends, holidays, customs, laws and so on. My own little corner of the universe is called Ziez. You can see my artistamps and read a little about Ziez here. And by the way, in case it isn't painfully clear, Ziez is NOT a real planet (to my knowledge) and therefore you cannot send mail there. Once interplanetary mail services are established feel free to contact us.
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