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