Paint By Sticker Masterpieces
In 1983, while combing through a flea market in Salem, Massachusetts, a young artist named John Derian happened upon a box of nineteenth-century books. Inside were two remarkable, intensely colored loose prints that unleashed an obsessive curiosity. Had these prints come from other books? How could the color be so vivid when the prints were so old? That curiosity led him to what would become a lifelong search for centuries-old prints of flowers, fruits; animals; calligraphy; and other beautiful memorabilia. A few years after finding those first prints, Derian discovered the forgotten craft of decoupage—the art of cutting and gluing images under glass—and realized that this art form was the ideal way to share his passion for the printed image.