When I was in second grade or so, my aunt started sending me letters. Those letters made me feel incredibly special! My parents were getting mail all the time, and I felt very grown-up that I also had envelopes arriving for me. Fast forward a couple of decades, and my own niece has just finished the first grade. When she wrote me a letter last week, I was excited to write back and give her that grown-up feeling that I craved at her age.
Last month, Laney Schenck asked me to participate in her annual “No More Boring Envelopes” event. Basically, a different artist makes a beautiful envelope every day of this month, and Laney posts it to her Instagram account. I never need an excuse to make envelope art, so of course I said yes! Today, I’ll show you how to make intricate teacup envelope art.
In this mail art, neutral kraft paper comes to life with a garden of watercolor flowers and shimmering bees! The playful and abundant motif provides a fun way to celebrate the changing seasons. Here’s how to make it:
Earlier this week, I shared a Women’s History Appreciation Worksheet. So far, I’ve filled out ten copies … and I’m not done yet! I’ve really enjoyed having that excuse to let the important women in my life know how much I care about them. Of course, once the worksheet is filled out, it’s time to make a pretty envelope, which brings me to today’s article! In it, I’ll show you the six envelopes that I’ve created so far to send out my worksheets.
The TPK blog is a treasure trove of mail art tutorials, most of which are … I’ll admit it: pretty time-consuming. With a toddler running around, I only get the chance to make a highly embellished envelope once every month (if that)! I’d like to send more mail art, and thinking about that made a light bulb go off. I realized that there are a lot of gorgeous mail art motifs here on the TPK blog, and I have high-resolution scans of many of them. So, I set out to make printable mail art templates for myself, and I hope that you can use them, too!
Yesterday, I found myself with two free hours — which is a rarity in my world. When I have free time, I love to send mail, which is the activity that made me fall in love with calligraphy in the first place! Today, I’m going to share the six artistic calligraphy envelopes that I made yesterday. I’ll also explain some shortcuts that I took to make their creation a bit faster.