Archive for the ‘Artists Stamps’ Category

Last week I carved a rubber stamp of my rondo design which is great for printing on the back of mail art envelopes, Add & Pass books and etc. Below is my rondo image – it shows a mother & child, but also other images from Mother Nature. It’s meant to be an abstracted, organic, fluid pattern. Today I took the vectorized design, which is just a smoother edged image, and applied it to products sold by a website called Red Bubble, where the image is repeated in a pattern on some of the available products. I earn a small percentage of the money they make selling these products with my design on them. You can view other designs for Red Bubble at that website as well.

Click here for my Red Bubble site, then on the rondo image for more.

Carved rubberstamp image with my hand lettered quote.
I took an acrylic paper marbling workshop and later found all these shapes within one of the sheets I'd made. The background is stamped ink patterns that I made by rolling textured beads on the stamp pad & then in lines onto the paper. I had made the beads years ago but had never used them to make jewelry. - C. Mehrl Bennett
BIRD LINGO artistamp design by C. Mehrl Bennett printed on preperforated stamp sheets from Pedro Pescador, of Black Rock City Post Office, 2019

Little book edition from my marbled critters project. This begins with an 8″x8″ inkjet print of nine scanned images (there are about a dozen total, cut from one sheet of marbled paper). Once I spray with clear acrylic/UV protectant & make strategic cuts, it will fold into a 2.55″ x 2.55″ booklet. If I unfold it at the center it will mail nicely in a first class envelope.

MTS CMB artistamps 2nd Edition

Sometime in 2014 or 2015, Matthew Stolte of Madison, Wisconsin, created a TRASHPO collage and mailed it to me as mailart. [More of Matthew’s work, which also includes paint and stencils, or found objects coated with paint and used as stamps, can be seen at his blog by clicking HERE.] Matthew often advocates in his artwork for less plundering of our oceans and less water pollution, and this message comes through in many parts of his TRASHPO piece and other mailart and smallpress leaflets/books which he publishes.

After a long period had passed, this trashpoem resurfaced and caught my attention as something ripe for collaboration. I wanted to focus in on smaller areas, and dividing the sheet into a grid seemed the way to go, which meant to me that it was good material for an artistamp sheet.

This is actually a SECOND (revised) EDITION, date stamped today by hand on each stamp, and it is a LTD Edition because I only had FIVE perforated sheets to put through my inkjet printer. (Side note: I spray my inkjet printed sheets with UV protection.)

The FIRST edition was fifteen artistamp sheets and did NOT include the rubber stamped words I added to each image — only two of those sheets had the hand stamped words/phrases. Matthew may have made copies of the one I sent him that had my rubber stamped words/phrases, but those copies were not perforated sheets.

Reformatting each stamp enabled my rubber stamped word/phrase to fit within the block and a few visual composition details were added along the way, also MTB CMB are noted on each individual stamp. A third and larger edition may be in the offing later this year when I have more perforated sheets. Darlene Altschul (a California mailartist around my age) has been perforating a ream of A4 sized blank artistamp sheets for me for awhile now, as time permits, mailing them to me in small batches at a time. Physical perforations vs. graphic perforations are kind of a luxury, but they really add class, plus I’ve figured out a system for the printing my square format stamps on these A4 size sheets sheets.

The above posted scan is a low resolution image of the entire sheet, and unfortunately has a pink/gray color cast. In an effort to show you more detail, here is a slideshow of the individual stamps. There are 24 different artistamps and the slideshow gives more detail at larger than actual size against the actual white background. They feel like mini-abstract paintings to me, though the different forms of text (scribbling, found text from advertisements, rubber stamped words) add a poetic dimension.

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This idea for a mailart email project came to me because of a confluence of two other projects. One was a collage exchange project by Cecil Touchon and the other was an artistamp project by Fraenz Frisch. The first was organized to be a physical gathering of people in one place to create & exchange, and the second involved emailing jpeg images by the participants which would then be incorporated into an artistamp sheet, and a copy would be snail mailed to everyone.

I could not take part in the collage exchange project due to my location on the other side of the country, but emailing a jpeg for the artistamp sheet was simple enough do. So, I thought, why not enable the exchange of mailart between a group of people with the following guidelines:

Thru the end of Sunday, March 6, 2016 – ONLY: 1) Create mailart (at a size/wght that can be mailed with one international or a first class stamp or less) and take a digital photo of it (a small file for web display only). 2) Email me your snail mail address and the jpeg.

On Monday, March 7, 2016: 1) I will post the images as a blog and draw names from a hat for each of you. 2) I will send you an email with the snail mail address (drawn out of the hat) to which you should post your mailart to, plus a link to the blog where jpegs are on display. Got it? [Note that all my wordpress blogs copy to Facebook as well.]

I will delete these directives on Monday – so if you choose to share this, be aware that it will disappear (I think??) The only evidence will be the mailart you receive and the link to the blog when it is posted on Monday. Hopefully, you will choose to continue the exchange of mailart with the person who sends you m.a.

I posted this project on my Facebook wall on Friday March 4th, and I added the following comments on Saturday and Sunday, respectively:

Dear friend, If you have not done mailart before, or if it has been a long time since you’ve been involved in the network, this is a way you can begin! – starting with one contact.

It’s getting down to the wire (midnight) to submit a jpeg of mailart you’d like to send to another participant via name pulled out of the hat!



C. Mehrl Bennett collaboration with Katerina Nikoltsou (Greece)

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John M. Bennett

Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy

Pier Roberto Bassi

Pier Roberto Bassi

After I post this blog I will draw four names out of a hat for each piece, then send and email to Joe, Pier, and John with the address to which they should mail these pieces, plus the link to this blog.

I plan to try this experiment a few more times, in hopes of garnering more pARTicipants! Meantime, for all you mailartist wannabees, one resource for getting started is IUOMA or friend me on Facebook (search for Catherine Mehrl Bennett and please leave a comment on this blog with your FB name?)…


My accordian book titled: FOURTEEN PICTOGLYPH STORIES, was created using a series of pictoglyphs I designed. (See THIS separate posting at this blog for a slideshow about that accordian book)  I had these rubber stamps made from many of the glyphs.



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This series of images was used for a small inkjet printed accordian book which is about 2.20″ x 2.50″ folded. Some of the materials and processes I used to create it are presented in a section of this slide show. I have had a few of these glyphs made into rubber stamps to use in my correspondence art. CLICK HERE for a closer look at my rubber stamp designs that grew out of this process of drawing/writing my picto glyphs.

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Note: Shawn McMurtagh’s text is in lower part of each page.

Below is a related “Little Stories” YouTube video.

(We knew nothing About his seX life when he died.)

messAges vs. mAssAges

Either wAy Ages becAuse time will pAss,

flowing and fluXing…

mAking history Along the wAy.


This audio compilation was created by Rod Summers, who lives in Amsterdam, of VEC audio.
It is called “a miscellany of broken silences”
CLICK HERE for one of the versions of my piece LATER, which was included in this project.

AND here is a slideshow of a few photos taken of Ptrzia (TicTac)’s new zine to which I contributed 25 artistamp sheets (FluXus Fish Bowl) which I perforated using a thin copper tube in place of the needle in my Singer sewing machine… the sewing machine (ancient as it is) is nearly burnt out now!

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PMATS ZINE is on exhibit February until mid-March (2014) at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts along with a selection of my own artistamp sheets as part of the FLUXJOB exhibit. Here is a photo of the wall I installed at the end of January:


Patricia Tavenner Portrait Stamps by CMB

Below is a revision of the Patricia Tavenner Portrait artistamp that I had originally made for a full sheet composition in 2012; Revised, unfortunately, because Patricia Tavenner passed away earlier this year from cancer.
In 2011 -2012, we had cause to connect (aside from the mailart network) via an interview I did with her over the phone. We exchanged several phone calls and a couple snail mailings so that I could compose an article about Patricia’s vast experience with artistamps for TropiChaCha’s publication WOMEN IN THE ARTISTAMP SPOTLIGHT. I researched online and found a beautiful photo of Patricia at her blog, and I obtained her permission to use that image – digitally altered by me – for portrait stamps in 2012.

Currently there is a mailart project underway to collect artistamps memorializing Patricia Tavenner – and so I created this revision. The yellow triangles around her hat continue downwards in a drip – and for myself, at least, are symbolic of tears of sadness at the passing of Patricia, who was very active since the early beginnings of a vibrant Dadaist scene on the West Coast. CLICK HERE for more history about Patricia in a blog from the San Francisco MOMA.


CLICK HERE to view a YouTube video clip from a trip to Budapest, Hungary – when Patricia Tavenner was honored as a special guest and exhibitor. The ArtPool Art Research Ctr posted this with the following description:
“Patricia Tavenner, Jas W. Felter, Michael Hernandez de Luna and György Galántai, all participants of the ParaStamp exhibition, are adding some artistamps and rubberstamp prints and are signing copies of the catalogue of the show at Artpool Art Research Center, a day after the ParaStamp Extra event (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. 26 April 2007)”. It should be noted that the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts was not known for putting on exhibits by contemporary artists, but they went all out for this special international artistamp exhibit. The article I wrote for WOMEN IN THE ARTISTAMP SPOTLIGHT ended with the special tone of excitement Patricia felt coming out of the dark subway station when she was presented with the sight of the huge art museum (a historic building with the iconic columns in front) “plastered with huge artistamp banners.” She mentions that exhibit in THIS TALK (click here!) she gave at another artistamp exhibit.