Molly Rausch’s Wonderful Postage Stamp Paintings

How’s this for a clever concept? Inspired by an envelope of foreign stamps that she received from her dad over a decade ago now, New York-based artist Molly Rausch creates paintings that explore the background world that exists outside of their tiny frame. She starts each piece by gluing the stamp to a sheet of paper, and then uses watercolor and gouache to extend the small-scale scenes by freehand; rather than researching her subjects ahead of time, Rausch lets her imagination take her to strange and interesting places. Click through to see what we mean.

[via Colossal]