I apologize in advance for the terrible photo quality. My phone camera is absolute garbage.
Ta-da! Another art post! I haven’t done one of these in forever, and I’ve accumulated so much envelope and mail art, I thought I’d post some pictures. They’re in chronological order, of course. We’re only organized here.
*shakes head vigorously*
Anyways, I hope you enjoy all the art! I’ll try to link all the art supplies I used underneath the pictures.
Off we go!
I love this one so much! Maybe it’s because I love rainbows so much, but I digress. My art supplies were:
- watercolors from the dollar store (I’m cheap in the watercolor department LOL) (Editing Mia here: I got some better watercolors for Christmas, so I guess my Dollar Tree watercolors will have to take the backseat)
- Sakura Microns (I have too many of these to count)
- the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen (this pack comes with a hard tip and a soft tip, both of which I use)
- and the Tombow pastel set (for the color in the calligraphy)
I use my Tombows a lot for my envelope art. Be warned.
I am so proud of that calligraphy. It just looks so smooth and flowy. *chef’s kiss* Good job, Mia!
- COPIC markers (for the flowers and grass)
- Tombow primary set (I used the bullet tip for the calligraphy)
- Sakura Microns (for the “please deliver to:”)
This was the first letter that I themed after the envelope art, and the inside has some more lovely calligraphy, except done with the brush tip.
Also, if you’re wondering, my return address is on the back. I didn’t forget it. I prefer writing it on the back, because it leaves more space for the art.
This one was fun! The whole letter had a butterfly theme, so I decorated the paper with little butterflies in the margins and I included some origami butterflies. The art was relatively simple to do. I just drew some butterfly wings, colored them in, and darkened a strip down the middle for the body.
- Tombow pastel set (for the butterflies)
- Tombow primary set (I used the black marker for the calligraphy to get a fuller, more sweeping look)
- Sakura Microns for the address (which you can’t see, but it’s there)
I saw this pun in a blog post a little while back and I just had to use it for a Halloween themed letter. Although, I got a little liberal with the white gel pen. Regrets.
- Tombow primary set (I’ve been using the black a lot lately….)
- Sakura Gelly Roll (I hate this gel pen with a flaming passion, but it’s the only one I’ve got. It does not go on smooth, and it really seems to enjoy not being opaque whatsoever. That’s why it looks bluish-gray on the cat. Although it does look nice outlining the calligraphy.)
- Sakura Microns (I use these a lot!)
- Kraft envelopes (these are in the biggest size I could find, and they’re great! I think I spent $15 on a pack of 100, which was a pretty good price. These things are durable as heck. And so thick.)
I also remembered to take pictures of the stuff inside the letter as well, so direct your attention down below ⬇⬇
Here we see the envelope, the letter (which was 11 pages long! 😳), two friendship bracelets from my stash, some stickers from IDK where, washi tape, a riddle, some fun questions, and another bone pun that reads “Dude, I got your back.” and shows a skeleton holding another skeleton’s spine. I love bone puns XD
- Kraft tags (I got 200 of these for less than $10, and they’re thick and hold the washi tape well)
- Washi tape from Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree (I have an addiction and I blame AmandaRachLee XD)
- Canson XL watercolor pad (I cut it up to make ATC-sized cards for Smaugust, which I never completed, so now I’m using the leftovers in my letters) (Also, I can’t find a one pack of the pad I use, so sorry, no link)
- a random notebook found in my collection (who knows where it’s from)
I love finding fun ideas for things to send to penpals. “Get to Know You” questions, riddles, jokes, writing prompts (which I didn’t include in this letter because Anabelle doesn’t need any right now, but I do send them to some of my other penpals), stickers, washi tape, and jewelry (as long as it’s not too thick or expensive) are really fun to find in the envelope along with the letter.
I really like how minimalistic this one is. It just looks nice.
- Kraft envelope
- Tombow pastel set
- Cardstock from a random art kit I got a long time that I’m not going to link because it’s trash
- Scrapbooking stickers from Creative Memories, which, unfortunately, aren’t sold anymore
Yeah, there’s a lot in this letter. It had an autumn theme and I think I did that theme justice. Maybe? I used a bunch of orange-y stickers from my collection, a paint chip from Home Depot, and that leaf is one from a tree in our yard that I pressed and then decorated with a bunch of paint markers.
- Kraft tag
- Canson XL watercolor pad
- Tombow pastel pack, tropical pack, and primary pack (for the autumn paint palette)
- more Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree washi tape
- stickers from Wal-Mart
Um….that strip along the bottom is supposed to be green…..not gray……what a disaster. I really need a new phone with a way better camera. (Don’t worry, I got a new phone with a way better camera, so the picture quality should go up soon.)
Also, none of these supplies are anything new, so I’m not going to bother with listing them.
I loooove this one! It turned out so cute! I came up with the idea of doing penpal pets (or friends or OC’s) and I came up with a penguin/bluebird for Anabelle. She is so cute!! I have a couple of others already arted and you shall see them later on in the post. But, basically, I just drew Penny on some cardstock and outlined her with a brush pen. Then, I colored her with my Tombows and stuck her on the envelope. She’s so cute!
I made the extras envelope myself and filled it with all kinds of stuff, like my usual Q + A card, washi tape, stickers, etc. I didn’t actually draw the butterfly picture. Anabelle sketched it and sent it to me, and so I watercolored it and sent it back! I think it turned out well! I originally planned for the butterflies’ colors to be reversed, but, since the background is blue, I thought it would look nicer if the butterfly in the foreground contrasted a little better. I think the picture turned out really well!
I decorated the envelopes for my Christmas cards really simple and they look so cute! I found this little bag of Christmas confetti in my scrapbooking stuff, so I stuck a couple shapes on the front, and sprinkled some more inside.
This is Murphy the cat, the first penpal pet I made. Is he not the cutest?? I just want to squeeze him!!
(Also, better camera, yaaayyy!!)
Wow, the flash got aggressive with this one. I used a smaller Kraft envelope that I found and the whole letter had a vintage theme.
IS. THIS. NOT. THE. CUTEST??? I was just casually drawing on the envelopes and then I thought, “I could put the name on the book and the address on the teacup and it would look so cute!” So I did! I should do more like this.
I tried making my envelope like the people in those “Penpal With Me” videos do and it turned out so cute! All of these materials came in a cute little kit from Amazon. (I can’t find the link but I think the brand was called “Biscuit Diary”?) And I just went hogwild sticking stuff down and making it look cute!
Besides the letter, I included a riddle, a paint chip (for aesthetic purposes), washi tape, pressed leaves and flowers, questions, stickers, and a few memos.
Oh my gosh, I just realized that the riddle is wrong!! It’s supposed to say “Where does ‘today’ come before ‘yesterday’?” My bad!
LOOK AT HOW CUTE AND PRETTY THIS LITTLE BUNDLE IS!!!!! (!!!!)
And here’s the bundle and the envelope together. They are so dang cute. I am soooo proud of this letter.
This is one is so “scrapbooky” and it’s really pretty!! (And everything looks so vibrant in this picture! It looks way more washed out IRL) I have so many different flower-related things. It’s a little ridiculous. I had plenty to choose from for the letter though!
I found this little panda doodle on Pinterest and I knew I wanted to do a panda theme. (I was also pleasantly surprised to see that I had panda washi tape in my collection. This is why we hoard, children!) I also drew the panda with a real brush pen and it was tricky keeping control because of how loose the nib is. IS IT NOT THE CUTEST???
Okay, I actually really hate how this one turned out. I had pretty much zero tape, so I was trying my best with what I had and it just didn’t turn out like I wanted. But as long as the letter gets where it needs to go, I suppose the envelope design doesn’t really matter.
I do like the supplies I used for this letter, and the other letter up there ⬆⬆ They’re cute and versatile and FUN!!
Well, thus concludes this post that has been in the making for actual months. I was trying to wait until I was all caught up on all the letters I had to write, but more letters kept coming in, and tonight, when I finished that last letter, I was so happy because I thought I could finish the post! But then, I checked the mailbox and I had a letter, so I wasn’t caught up after all. But, honestly, I’m just ready to post this post, so here. Post.
I’m thinking of making these mail art posts a regular thing, like one in January, then one in July every year.
I write enough letters for that LOL
Welp, I hope this post gave y’all some inspiration for your own letters, or was entertaining to read. Which envelope was your favorite?
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