Some Simulated Stamps

After completing I’ve looked at clouds I got G is for Geography back out of storage. In all the excitement at finishing the embroidery on the covers for the interior intersections, I forgot about the stamps!

All the stamps used for the original edition (shown above) were real, but in the book version I scanned and reproduced an alphabet’s worth of stamps to include in the images. The stamps for the ‘quilt’ are also reproductions.

It took four tries to get reproductions that satisfied me: two different printers and two different papers.

I don’t have a tool for making stamp perforations, and I didn’t want to fill my sewing machine with paper dust, so I simulated the perforations by hand. I scored a line on each edge of the printed stamp,

then hand pierced holes along the line.

I didn’t attempt to match the mechanical perfection of a pin press, rather I tried to achieve the ‘feel’ of a stamp torn out of a sheet.

For stamps that had corners torn off in the originals, I tore the corners.

I have spent a few hours staring morosely and moving stamps in an attempt to decide their final locations.

In knitting news:

I am planning ahead for warm weather knitting. On Thursday I began plying more of my noil silk singles. By working half an hour at a time (it’s boring), I have almost filled a bobbin. When it’s full, there should be enough yarn for a short sleeve top, but I will do at least one more bobbin to have more options. I haven’t chosen a pattern yet.

In other book arts news:

You might want to read the essay Filling in the Blanks A Prehistory of the Adult Coloring Craze from the Public Domain Review.

Or if you would rather just do some relaxing colouring, you can download and print this colouring page from an earlier post.

If you would like to create your own geometric designs, this website has instructions.

You can also find printable designs here and here.


Colouring can be a very peaceful and meditative activity.



About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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4 Responses to Some Simulated Stamps

  1. Vicki James says:

    I found your site randomly from the BOOKARTSLISTSERVE. I don’t know how you find the time, energy or ideas for all your creative endeavors but I am in awe! I enjoy the projects, both book arts and knitting. I do both activities, just not nearly so well or so prolifically. I appreciate your thorough discussion about your process.

    Recently I sent my granddaughters thumatropes (sp?) in an envelope of random items for a random reason. They loved them and commented on them several times. That is high praise from two nine year olds who are very creative of their own accord.

    I wanted to be sure that you knew how much your posts help in these trying times. I am going backwards in time now to catch your previous posts and projects. Don’t want to miss one. Thanks for sharing your creations and knowledge.

    Stay well, Vicki


    • Byopia Press says:

      Hi Vicki,

      I am so glad you are finding my posts helpful. I am trying to include a stay-at-home activity each week now! As for my productivity, I do not have small children, I do as little housework as possible, and I have a negligable social life.
      ; ]
      Keep safe!


  2. “G for Geography” reminds me of Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Map” and its last line: “ More delicate than the historians’ are the map maker’s colors”.


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