Before I went to the flea market on Sunday, I was reading a blog on inchies. I love the idea of such lovely art created on a small canvas - duh - isn't that what beadmakers do? Yes! But paper artists love small canvases too. So while I was at the flea market, a couple of vintage stamp collector books caught my eye.
I'm not a stamp collector. Never have been. I don't know what caused me to open up these books but I did. When I did, I found small works of art like these....
...graphic representations of the stamps in black and white. Two books full of them! I thought they'd be wonderfully reproducible for mixed media jewelry.
There were even some real stamps in excellent condition....
In one of the books, a piece of newspaper fell out revealing a small collection of stamps that hadn't made it into the album yet.
The newspaper was a local paper gone out of business now. Christmas 1958 - before I was born but such colorful stamps!
I spent a few hours going through the stamp books after I got home on Sunday - dreaming of which I would reproduce first and what kind of mixed media jewelry I could make.
If you had been with me, would you have bought these books or set them back down again and gone on to the next thing?