Books Advises

Discover Mail Art
Karine Brush

 Create your own envelopes, stamps your personalized ...

The author offers over 40 original designs explained in detail with templates and sketches.


Mail Art: 
Mail art - Art posted
Renaud Siegmann

It's like the history of mail art ...

E singular, unprecedented haul, haul like no other: the mail art, a whole world, what a story! 



Mail Me Art:
Going Postal With the
World's Best Illustrators
and Designers

Darren Di Lieto

In English ... but surely the best of its kind.

Mail me art

Very complete and detailed: the "barrier" of the language is quickly forgotten as the illustrations speak for themselves.

350 False stamps
Jean Bachès

Mail used stamps art forgery

A whole series (350) of false stamps canceled all ...

A game indulged Jean Bach, when he was inspired, drew a false stamp and shipped the same day ... in the mail!

Postmarked authentic!


Postage Stamps and postal marks ...

You've made ​​your false stamps ... (Recall that this is only artist stamp , or artistamps not designed to trick anyone! Especially not the Post Office!).

This work would not be complete if you not cancel your stamps : it gives them accents of truth and bring to your scrapbook pages an added attraction ...

Faux-used stamps

To these false cancellations, you will be spoiled for choice : several options available to you.

Get and use a real postmarked

Do a search on google images for keyword: postal marks ... You immediately get a large choice of real postal markings, flames, stamps ... and even old envelopes that you can reuse in your vintage pages !

google search cancellations

Here's how to use an image ... Start by clicking the image you are interested in the results to select it : it leads you on the websitethat hosts the image. There, right click and in the menu concept, choose copy the image.

The idea is to first select all the white of the image with the magic wand, then, to invert the selection and copy it to keep only theblack parts : the image of the stamp. This is how to do...

Create in Photoshop (or another image processor), a new image(Ctrl + N) and paste the image of the postal stamp that you have recovered.

Buffer in the mail

With the magic wand tool (make sure the option is unchecked Contiguous in the top left) click in some white ... then do Select> Inverse ... to select only the postmark.

It remains only to Select> Copy (Ctrl + C) for the stamp image in the clipboard ready for use. For example, being put on the image of an artist stamp ...

False and false stamp cancellation

Note, a website rich in postal markings of any kind ... on which you'll find what you are searching . (only French postal marks on this site) Good pick!

If you are looking for special marks, such as "no longer lives at the address" ... run, again on a google image query with your keywords. You will find all the stamps as you wish! Have a look on :

Return to sender!


Photoshop Brushes and fonts.

. There are special fonts, usually as a free download, which are made ​​only for stamp cancellations and postal markings ... Unfortunately, these are mostly of foreign postmarks, the United States most of the time (It's a french page translation !!! If you live in US you're lucky !)

First go to ... FFONTS download Gone Postal JL . After unzipping the file, install it by clicking on the file POSTAL.TTF (hold the click) and drag it to C: / windows / fonts. Then explore the policy by typing random letters ...

Police gone postal JL

In the same vein, see this postmark Danish police : ...

And those old stamps ...

And these postmarks in bulk: ...

. But if you are a Photoshop user, it may be preferable to download postal marks specialized brushes . It is easy to DL ... and even more easy to use. If you do not know how to ... here's a little reminder for those who have forgotten!

In Photoshop CS3, brushes (with the file extension. Abr) are stored in the directory: Adobe Photoshop CS3> Presets> forms.

Download a set of art brushes postal . Unzip the file and drop visual28_postal.abr on the desktop.

Launch Windows Explorer and open the Adobe Photoshop CS3> Presets> forms. Click (hold down the click) and drag visual28_postal.abr in this directory ... That's all ! Close and restart Photoshop so that it takes in account the new file.

You will find many sets of brushes on google (search or post officewith postage brushes brush) ... Here is an interesting results.

Old postage stamps

or this:

Deviant brush

Good pick!

Make your own false postal marks.

At least it will be tailor-made, you will get exactly what you want! Here is a tutorial for the date stamp and one on the waves for cancellind the stamp ...

Step by step "Postmark"

A postal date stamp include, among others, time, day and year... at the center. The name of the city, the department or state may be printed by following the curve of the stamp ... In this step by step, the city will be "the Moche-les-grands-clapiers" (thank you Franquinfor GastonLagaffe adventures).

In Photoshop, create a new image (Ctrl + N) and give it to 500x500px dimensions just to have a little room to work.

Take the shapes tool, select the ellipse, and check the fill option, and by pressing SHIFT draw a circular shape.

Construction of the postmark

Now take the Text tool and click on the circular shape : Cursor hooks on this circular shape ... and you can now write the name of the city. Do not worry if the cursor does not hook where you want!

Construction of the buffer the name of the city

Create a new layer. Take the ellipse selection tool. Draw, by pressing SHIFT a circle around your text. Do it just a little bigger and then move it with the arrows, so it is centered.

Then do Edit> contour.I chose a line of 4 pixels. Your stamp is taking shape. Change to the text layer, right click in the Layers window and choose rasterize the text.

Right click again, merge visible layers. End with Ctrl + T. A frame appears: by placing your cursor outside this frame you can rotate all the upright.

Construction of the buffer

It only remains to put the time and date stamp. With the text tool ... without problems. Finally, merge visible layers.

Stamp with postmark date

A small detail ... This postmark is a bit too "clean" ... Take the "drooling" slightly by applying a filter torn edges.

Buffer over


Step by step
"Cancellations postmarks"

Start by creating a new image in photoshop for example, 500x500 pixels (Ctrl + N).

Now take a brush of 9 or 10 pixels and draw a vertical line: for this, press the SHIFT key and drag with the mouse, your line will be vertical.

Waves 1

You will now deform the vertical shear with the filter. PerformFilter> Distort> Shear.

Shear waves

In the top window, click on the vertical line and drag the points that appear ... A picture of the result is shown below.

Shear waves

Validate ... Your vertical line now includes undulations. With the rectangular selection tool, select one of these undulations,copy your selection, create a new image and paste in your selection.

Make Ctrl + T and act on the handles to set the horizontal and waving to crush a little. Validate.

With the magic wand, click in a blank area ... then do Select> Inverse.

Copy the selection and make 3 times Ctrl + V. With the move tool, place harmoniously copies of the wave ... Merge the layers.


Go through the filter Sketch> Torn Edges to give these ripples a hint of truth!

Undulations completed


Using these elements...

Gather into a single image: a dated stamp , undulations and an image of a false postage-stamp ...

False stamp of India canceled