My birthday was a couple of days ago, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do to celebrate: watch true crime documentaries and make art. In my pre-child life, I took my documentary/art time for granted. Now, I know better! As I handed our five-month-old baby over to my husband, I began to plan what I’d do for the next hour or two. The result: a colorful and jubilant watercolor lemons envelope. Today, I’ll walk you through how to make one just like it!
After writing Monday’s newsletter, mail art is on my mind! For this article, I decided to showcase my ten favorite recent envelope designs on the site. (For a similar showcase from 2017, see this article.) If you have a moment, let me know your favorite in the comments! If you love mail art and want to come up with your own designs, consider TPK’s Marvelous Mail eBook, which was recently updated to provide more tips and inspiration for making gorgeous envelopes.
If you read the 8 Behind the Scenes Facts About The Postman’s Knock article, you know that my husband and I alternate taking care of our infant throughout the day. As my husband took his two-hour (ish) shift with Pia, I got caught up on making artistic envelopes! These envelopes were inspired by the Marvelous Mail eBook, and they will soon house long-overdue thank you cards. I hope that looking at them prompts you to make some pretty envelopes, too!
I’m convinced that mail art is the perfect project for busy people. It allows you to get a creative fix in a short period of time — with the added bonus of making someone’s day! (Remember: you can always write to a More Love Letters recipient.) This envelope art combines a detailed printout, calligraphy, and hand-lettering. Its color scheme, a simple light green, black, and white, echoes the fresh feel of the season. Learn how to make it in the video and written tutorials below:
Every once in a while, I get a big chunk of time to make a stunning envelope. This week presented no such opportunity (we welcomed a new baby into the family a month and a half ago, after all), but I still wanted to make a pretty piece of snail mail to send a thank you note. With the help of the lace butterfly printable, today’s envelope art tutorial comes together quickly!
Around this time every year, I go through a serious letter-writing spurt. Spring has a rejuvenating feel, so it’s a nice time to update friends on my happenings via letters. If I’m really feeling ambitious, I make a couple of cards and decorated envelopes in advance to send out later in the year. Today’s article is a two-for-one of mail art tutorials that will inspire you to send some springtime mail, too!