• Calming Calligraphy Mail Art (to Get Through Teething)

    My daughter has been teething for the past few days, which has been really fun for everyone. To combat all the fussing and mild sleep deprivation, I took advantage of my husband’s shifts with her to make five satisfying mail art envelopes! Today’s article is a showcase of those envelopes, with explanations and creation hints.…

    Magnificent Mail Art

    Whenever I need a relaxing break, I turn to mail art. I love that mail art provides a project with specific parameters: write a legible address and apply sufficient postage. This past week, I tucked into making five different calligraphy mail art envelopes to get some quality “me-time”. My eight-month-old is teething, and she’s been a little grouchy, with dicey and interrupted nights. Creating the envelopes featured in today’s article has helped me to get through it with my sanity intact! I hope that you enjoy seeing what I came up with, and that you’re inspired to make your own creative mail art this weekend.

    1. Guilty Pleasure Mail Art

    I started working on this envelope last week as an excuse to play with my composition ruler. To make the lettering, I followed the steps outlined in Nico Ng’s How to Make a Stunning Lettering Layout tutorial. Once I finished, I only applied one postage stamp to help keep the focus on the design.

    Hand-lettered Mail Art

    This mail art concept was time-consuming, but it was satisfying to see all the letters and embellishments come together. I thoroughly enjoyed working on it, and it was a struggle to get myself to stop!

    Hand-lettered Mail Art
    I used a combination of Pilot G2 05 and Pilot G2 10 pens for the lettering. For the pointed pen work, I used Ziller ink and a Brause EF66 nib + oblique pen.

    2. Vintage Banner Calligraphy Mail Art

    Does this concept look familiar? That’s because you might have seen it last year in The Ultimate Vintage Banner Illustration TutorialThat was such a fun project that I decided to revisit it for this piece of mail art. The components are simple: iron gall ink with a touch of gold watercolor. This calligraphy mail art has two postage stamps on it, both for aesthetic purposes and to pay the non-machinable envelope charge for the wax seal on the back.

    Vintage banner calligraphy mail art
    This address was written using Janet Style calligraphy.

    3. Starry Banner Embellished Envelope

    To make this envelope, I used my 5″ composition ruler to draw a banner, which features the recipient’s name written in George Style lettering. Since there’s some watercolor here, I used (waterproof) Ziller ink to create all the lettering and the calligraphy.  Then, I went over the banner with yellow ochre watercolor and added in some stars and dots to the rays above the banner.

    Mail art with a banner and stars
    This simple mail art includes three postage stamps that predominately feature yellow or green tones (like the envelope itself).

    4. Vintage Postage Calligraphy Envelope

    The focus of this envelope is pretty calligraphy. I just felt like using iron gall ink to make nice, clean calligraphy with white ink reinforcement strokes. Then, once the calligraphy was finished, I relied on postage stamps with mellow color schemes to add visual interest.

    Calligraphy envelope with postage

    To make envelopes like this one, I like to use the guidelines templates from the Marvelous Mail eBook. In that eBook, you’ll find three templates that helps you write the recipient’s name a little larger than the rest of the address.

    Calligraphy envelope with postage
    For more information about using vintage postage stamps on envelopes, see this article.

    5. Star Rays Calligraphy Mail Art

    This simple mail art was created on fancy handmade cotton paper. It takes a while to write on paper that has so much tooth, but the result is well worth it! I used white ink to write Dr. Lunn’s address in wavy Kaitlin Style calligraphy, then I added in little white rays with gold watercolor stars and accent dots.

    Star Rays Mail Art
    This envelope features two stamps because I feared it might weigh more than an ounce.

    What Goes Inside These Envelopes?

    These envelopes were created to house notes of gratitude for students who filmed a video testimonial for the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course. I recently found some Frida Kahlo cards at my local paperie, and I wanted to pair them with pretty envelopes. Thus, the envelopes featured in today’s post came to be!

    Frida Kahlo Greeting Cards
    These all-purpose greeting cards showcase Frida Kahlo’s vibrant art.

    Envelope Care

    When you invest so much time and creativity into making artistic envelopes, it’s important to protect your work. You can bet that I treated all of these mail art pieces with MicroGlaze to ensure no smudging or water damage. It takes a little bit of extra time, but the insurance is worth it!

    Magnificent Mail Art
    These envelopes are headed out tomorrow! Sometimes, mail art takes a little longer to arrive than standard envelopes. I’m guessing they’ll arrive at their destinations in 1-2 weeks.

    Whether you’ve got a teething baby or not, this is when the year starts to get really hectic. It’s a lot of coordinating itineraries, figuring out gifts, and planning meals and get-togethers. While it’s a joyous time of year, it can all be a little much! If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed, try making a mail art envelope. Seriously. It’s amazing how much one little project that you make for someone else can make such a big difference. If you don’t have someone to send something to (a thank you card, a birthday card), you can send a note to a More Love Letters recipient.

    I hope that you enjoyed my little calligraphy mail art showcase! I still have a couple more envelopes left to make, so you’ll likely notice photos of those in the coming weeks. Thanks so much for reading, and have a fabulous Halloween weekend!


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