You may have seen the envelopes featured in this post before. Some of them appear elsewhere on the TPK blog, while others come from the TPK Facebook or Instagram. Today, I wanted to create a Pinterest-friendly collection of all of them to give you ideas for your own mail art!
I believe that the best way to improve your calligraphy and lettering skills is through creating projects like mail art. Sure, it helps immensely to fill out worksheets and do drills, but projects put your skills to the test! If you create mail art, specifically, you’ll find that you’re not only getting in good practice, but also spreading joy. People love to receive artistic, thoughtful mail! In this post, you’ll find my top 10 favorite pieces of TPK mail art from the past two years. All of the pieces below were created for real people, and all were successfully delivered. Feel free to use them as inspiration to make your own embellished envelopes!
Finetec gold makes this envelope shine, both figuratively and literally! You can learn how to make the tree in the TPK Holiday Calligraphy Worksheet 2016 Edition, which — as a limited-edition worksheet — is only accessible through this direct link. Calligraphy Style: Janet | Ink: Finetec Arabic Gold | Stamps: USPS, eBay | Envelope: Paper Source (color is “Fig”)
I used an X-Acto knife to cut the pencil graphic for this envelope out of a vintage American Artist magazine. The envelope looked a little bare with just the graphic and the calligraphy, so I filled in the negative space with flourishes! Calligraphy Style: Janet | Ink: Bleed Proof White | Stamps: USPS, eBay | Envelope: Paper Source (color is “Beet”)
10. Fir Wreath Envelope Art
Clean lines, dots of gold, and pretty walnut ink calligraphy make this piece stand out! I love to incorporate fir wreaths into mail art in the wintertime. Calligraphy Style: Janet | Ink: Walnut | Stamps: USPS, eBay | Envelope: Cranes Lettra (Item #8004755)
I hope that this post inspires you to create some mail art in the near future! For tips on making envelopes that will safely reach their destination, you can read the How to Make Deliverable Mail Art post. Remember that not all post offices are the same … the postal workers at my local USPS seem to have an unusually high tolerance for artistic envelopes. If your post office puts constraints on what you can create, consider it an accepted challenge to work within what they’ll let you do! Sometimes rules help you to be more creative. 🙂
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