You have to love post-it notes. You can stick them just about anywhere and later you can unstick them and you’d never know they’d been there.

They are an ordinary thing in everyday work and life. But the extraordinary glue that makes them stick and unstick was only developed 50 years ago. And then it was shelved for 20 years until 3M figured out what to do with it. Since then a lot of ordinary and extraordinary things have been done with the little square notes with the just-sticky- enough glue.

Artists have used this tiny yellow canvas professionally, with nice results.

Above by Claire Harvey, Post Its, 2003-4 oil on post-its, dimensions variable/ olieverf op post-it, afmetingen variabel from here. The friendliness of the post-it inspires all kinds of creative people, not just gallery grade artists, to communicate in words and punctuation marks. The graphically gifted can tell whole stories in post it pictures.

The above from a picture story called “The Weightlifting Snowman” by Joshuah Bearman found at Post it Note Stories.

The image above is the one I came across that I liked the most. The city of Verona in NE Italy is the setting William Shakespeare chose for his play Romeo and Juliet. A balcony overlooks this little blind alley and courtyard in Verona. People have decided it is Juliet’s balcony–without asking scholars to verify. Lovers have claimed it for their own, and the messages scribbled on the wall have been added to by post it love.

There is really no end to post-it stories. We have used them to say Hello We use them to say goodbye. We use them to move on. Above and below from Anthropost (note: slow to load but can be worth the wait–these are real, found notes).

Mainly, I guess, they tell us what TO DO.

An underground collective of artists called illegal art used hundreds of Post-its to create a giant to-do list in New York City’s SoHo. What’s even better, passer-bys could “participate” in the art project by writing their own notes. via Neatorama