If you are in the market to make a quick yet polished piece of mail art this weekend, then you’ll enjoy this tutorial! As long as you’ve got a few colored pencils, a pen, and an envelope, you’re ready to rock and roll. Just a quick word of warning before you begin: this ombré lettering technique is a little bit addictive! I have a hunch that you’ll use it on many more projects to come! Here’s how to make it:
1. Write Your Recipient’s Name in Faux Calligraphy
First, use a pencil to write your recipient’s name in large whimsical calligraphy such as Kaitlin Style.
Next, use the faux calligraphy technique to draw downstrokes with your pencil. If you don’t know what a downstroke is or how to make faux calligraphy, take a moment to read this tutorial!
Finish up by using a marker, black gel pen, or dip pen to trace over the pencil lines. Make sure you don’t trace over any intersecting lines! All of the downstrokes should be nice and solid.
2. Fill in the Downstrokes with Colored Pencil
Now, it’s time to give your mail art some color! Begin by using a red colored pencil (I like Prismacolor) to fill in the tops and bottoms of the downstrokes. You should apply a lot of pressure to the pencil as you color the very top and very bottom of the letters. This will give you a nice, deep red tone! As you tease color out toward the middle of the letters, let up on the pressure to result in a less intense red.
Next, take an orange colored pencil. Use it to color over your intense red tones, which will blend the two colors together. Then, continue to color inward such that there’s only a small uncolored space left in each downstroke.
Complete the ombré effect by using a yellow colored pencil to go over the orange parts of the letters as well as the uncolored spaces.
Too add extra shine and depth to your ombré lettering, use a clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to go over the downstrokes.
3. Add an Address to Your Mail Art
At this point, you’ll want to find some open space under the ombré lettering. Take advantage of that space to write your mail art recipient’s last name in Sans Serif letters. You can use any writing instrument to do so; I just happened to choose a dip pen!
Next, write the recipient’s address in any calligraphy or font style that appeals to you. I chose to use Kaitlin Style calligraphy to match the ombré name.
Erase any pencil guidelines you may have drawn. At this point, you can add a stamp collage with a color scheme that corresponds with the colors used for the ombré lettering!
And … voilà! A piece of mail art that’s impressive and artistic, yet only took a few minutes to make. Of course, you can customize this tutorial any way you want to. Use a different color scheme for the ombré lettering, switch up font styles, and/or skip the stamp collage! No matter what modifications you make, the mail art will still look good.
I hope that you enjoyed and felt inspired by this short tutorial! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments. Otherwise, thanks very much for reading TPK, and have a great weekend!