Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sunday Stamps # 57

Theme this week: Love and Valentine's stamps, or Chinese New Year stamps.

Talking to Chinese students at my school, I found out that the Chinese New Year/Spring festival  goes on for a few weeks, so I am OK in posting this stamp:

This is the USA stamp for  the Lunar New Year, and is much better than last year's stamp (in my opinion).

From the US Postal Service website:
"Dragons aren't always scary monsters. Consider the colorful creature depicted by the U.S. Postal Service® in its 2012 Year of the Dragon (Forever®) stamp, fifth in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series! The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012, and ends on February 9, 2013.

Combining original artwork by Kam Mak with two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee's intricate paper-cut design of a dragon and the Chinese character for "Dragon," drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — art director Ethel Kessler has created a culturally rich stamp design that celebrates the diversity of the American experience."

Theme for next week:  Cats and dogs, and other pets on stamps.



Joy said...

I hadn't realised it was a paper cut but it really captures the new year celebrations. Love those colours and as you say so much better than last years disappointing effort.

Postcardy said...

That dragon stamp is colorful, but I think it is hard to tell what it is.

Jocelyn said...

I agree with Postcardy - at first glance it just looks like a lot of colour and the paper dragon and symbol do not stand out which they did in the Year of the Rabbit stamp.

Lisa B said...

A pretty design.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I rather like it but that may be because it doesn't look too much like a dragon. Very colourful.


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