Now THIS was fun!
When I first started dabbling in patchwork-style collage with postage stamps, it was enough for me to see a variety of tone-on-tone colours in serendipitous side-by-side placement (left). Today, however, my attraction to creating more collages using this style of stampification was definitely on the wane – lots of stamps everywhere around me, but somehow not quite the right level of inspiration… (I have been in a state of what might be called overdrive since stampifying my first notebook and so this was a natural & perhaps overdue decline in enthusiasm.) Then – out of nowhere! – I was motivated to return to my old favourite Machins and…start cutting them up!
After spending a little time pondering the absolute sameness of the Machin stamp design – each issue identical in size and image, the only variable being in the colour – I just wanted to see what would happen if I took one half away and replaced it with an identical half in a contrasting colour. I’ll tell you what happened, it captured my imagination!
The diamond pattern notebook (above right) is the result of my first experiment, but I suspect an investigation into quilt block patterns may not be too far behind. This postal patchwork technique has real possibilities! As you can probably tell by my overuse of exclamation marks, I am genuinely caught up in enthusiasm for this idea. Will post some more pics once time allows further experimentation…