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Faux Postage


Carved Lime Green Post stamp design Like many people into Mail Art I like to make faux postage, or artistamps. To make an artistamp the artist invents a stamp design which resembles a real stamp but is not intended to fraudulently masquerade as actual postage. Some are very detailed and could almost fool a casual observer into thinking they are legitimate. Others are farther away from looking official but have something "stamplike" about them that suggests postage markings. They can be commemorative, they can have a monetary "value" as part of the design, or be from a real or imaginary country or post office. The stamps are often placed alongside real stamps on envelopes, and are traded and collected both in sheets and singly. Many different techniques are used to create them, including pen and ink, collage, rubber stamps, computer graphics, watercolor, and more. Often the originals are photocopied. They may or may not be produced on gummed paper or perforated just like a real stamp.

Click the thumbnail of the green bordered images to see a larger version. Then click the large image to return to this page.

And if you would like to see more faux postage examples, see the Gallery page at Carolyn's Stamp Store.

Faux Postage
"Alien Hitchhiker"
Faux Postage
"American Cuisine"
Faux Postage
Collaborative Stamp Sheet
Made with Carrie and Ellie at the Open Door Art Studio
Detail of larger collage
68K
Faux Postage
"Great Deserts of the World"
77K
Faux Postage
Untitled
55K
Faux Postage
"What's That in My Tea?"
Detail of larger collage
Faux Postage
"Five Kinds of Tea that Don't Seem to Sell"
Detail of larger collage
83K
Faux Postage
"Have a Cup of Lime Green Post"
Detail of larger collage
Faux Postage
"Technology"
Faux Postage
"Sacriligious Art"

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