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Stamp story

Once in the  flea market, I wound a packet of used stamps. New and old, from home and over seas. I got idea to add those so my cards. I collect the once I wanted and sold out later the rest. They were nice add to vintage and travel cards and for envelopes that weren't going to be send, just something extra for the card.

Later I got idea to you those with bigger scale. There was so pretty and unique stamps and I didn't want let them just be in box in my cabinet.  I started to make a painting. Not like my usual painting, even I painted the canvas. I start from idea from collecting one per every country. It was really big canvas and I had more then one nice stamp, I start to add more to it. I Still wanted to get more countries to it. I asked a stamp from friends who travelled to country, I didn't have in my collection, I looked flea markets, but the best way was to buy from online. I believe, most of them were former collectors selling their collection or others who just got those from to themselves somehow. And of course the current collectors, who had extra. I got random packets and took from myself everyone I liked and sold out the rest. It took many test runs with different clues and the stamp I didn't liked. I don't remember what clue was the best, but it was some kind of water based kids clue. It was the most likely fit. I had to add clue first to canvas, put the stamp and then apply clue over it to make it stay. So it had to be clear. I tested varnish, lacquer… But the kids clue was the best!

This is been really long journey. It included the odd thing with canvas. The frame start to spend in time. One carpenter thought it was made from too fresh wood, but who knows. It's only time that something like that has happened for me. I solved it with taking the canvas fabric off and using other frame for it. A little bit smaller then original, so I was able to attach it with upholstery stapler. Then next part of the struggle was that I moved and things and look changed in my apartment. I wasn't happy anymore with the base color. I end up to paint the canvas, even it had the stamps on. Big areas were easy, but closer to stamps was really hard to get without ruining them. It's still on work and I'm adding new stamps year after year. I'm not going to fill it completely, but there is still room for the new ones. @FromMadeByMeri


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