For many people, this time of year is hectic on several levels! You’re trying to finish up the year-end stuff for school and work, send holiday cards, buy gifts, and plan travels and gatherings. It’s a lot. In our house, this holiday season is even more frenetic than usual because we’ve got a baby who gets into everything. (Turn your back for one second, and she’s stuffed the most dangerous thing she can find into her mouth!) I’ve barely had a spare moment to relax, which is why I set aside three hours this week to just zone out and create pretty calligraphy. Today, I’m sharing the envelopes I made as a casual show and tell.
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.
September has been a whirlwind in this house. Among other things, we are in week seven of a kitchen remodel, and the house is in chaos as a result. It’s amazing how having a cluttered home can make other things — like hauling our kids to pediatric checkups and speech therapy sessions — seem overwhelming. When the chaos starts taking its toll, I embrace decorating envelopes.
Tracing is a great shortcut if you don’t have the time and/or the energy to freehand draw. It’s a technique that can help you to make some beautiful projects (like illuminated letters and flourished ampersands). Today, I’m adding another fun project to the tracing roster: this vintage roses mail art. Set aside 45 minutes or so to put on some good music or a podcast, enjoy your favorite fall beverage, and create a beautiful envelope for a loved one!
Next time you want to send snail mail, I invite you to use this watercolor henna printable mail art template. In this mail art, vibrant tones of red and yellow come together in an intricate henna-inspired pattern. Just print, fold, write your recipient’s address, and send!