Artistic envelopes are a fantastic project for anyone who loves lettering, calligraphy, or illustration. Each envelope becomes a mini canvas where you can freely experiment with new techniques, colors, and designs. It’s a delightful way to express your creativity without investing too much time, and the end result is a personalized gift that never fails to elicit a smile! In this article, I have curated my ten favorite artistic envelopes from the past year. As I looked through these photos, I couldn’t help but feel inspired, and I hope you’ll experience that same artistic spark.
I love the interplay of a flourished white name with heavy gold block lettering on a black envelope. You can read about where the idea for this beauty came from and the supplies you need in order to make it in my A Mail Art Geek Out Sessionarticle.
When you look at a bright bundle of lemons, you just can’t help but feel happy. This envelope combines vintage paper, a loopy calligraphy style, and a cheerful lemon illustration to make an irresistible burst of mailable joy. Learn how to make it in the Jubilant Watercolor Lemons Mail Art Tutorial.
Would you believe that this envelope is a free printable? Print it off on sturdy paper such as 32# laserjet, then cut, fold, and add an address — preferably using red, orange, and yellow watercolor calligraphy. Find the printable + details in the (Free!) Watercolor Henna Printable Mail Art Template article.
I love the look of the chic, ink-kissed botanicals on this envelope! In the original Chic Inky Poppies Mail Art Tutorial, I used my finger to smudge the ink. However, for this envelope, I used a paper towel to achieve results that are just as satisfying. You can find more information about this artistic envelope’s creation in the Two Hours, Four Artistic Envelopesarticle.
This mail art features playful lettering at its best. I didn’t put much thought into kerning (letter spacing) or letter style, which teeters between serif and sans serif. Instead, I just had fun and loosely used theBreezy Hand-Lettering Tutorial as my inspiration! For more details and a supply list, see theA Mail Art Geek Out Session article.
This envelope features a cheerful red, yellow, and orange color scheme. Its border showcases a simple citrus motif. No ink was used to create any of the components; it’s all watercolor! To learn more, see the ☕️ Calligraphy On the Go: Mail Art at a Coffee Shoparticle.
If you think that making artistic envelopes is just for avid letter writers, rest assured that anyone can put together a pretty piece of mail art. I send plenty of things in decorated envelopes: cards, quick notes, and even folded-up cotton cleaning cloths. If you don’t want to send your art to a loved one or an acquaintance, try whipping up something for a More Love Letters recipient. They’ll enjoy seeing that envelope in their bundle just as much as you enjoy making it!
I hope that something in this artistic envelopes collection inspires you! Thanks so much for reading, and have a fabulous holiday weekend.