Mail Art Episode Threeeeee ~ In Which I Almost Missed My Self-Imposed Deadline But HA!! Take THAT, Procrastination!!!

Hellooooo everyone and welcome back to the third installment of my mail art series thingamabob. This is coming out….. admittedly later than I wanted but I got it done and that’s what counts! It’s been a long month LOL

ANYWAYS enjoy the art!

I literally replied to the last letter yesterday so let’s get this posted before I get another letter to reply to 😂

I like this one a lot! And I almost forgot to take a picture of it! I always seem to have a lot of flower stationery for some reason so I put it to good use in this letter. AND LOOK!!! Even the stamp matched! I’m my not-so-humble opinion, flower stamps are much more fun than American flag stamps.

Aw I like this one too. The calligraphy is just lovely. Honestly, the simpler designs always end up being my favorites.

LOL I did this one right after my birthday in September. I’d gotten a lot of celestial stationery and I wanted to use some. Soooo I did!

And isn’t the back lovely?? I also got a wax seal kit for my birthday and I was eager to try it out. Unfortunately, I don’t have an actual stamp, so I just used the lid of my glasses’ spray cleaner XD Whatever works!

One of the ladies at my church gave me a little stationery set because she knew I liked to penpal. The paper had a little flower border so I decorated the envelope with — surprise surprise — my flower stationery! (And the stamp was a flower too) I made this one kind of flippantly but it ended up being one of my favorites.

Funny how that works LOL

Ah yes. An autumn-themed letter. I had to find a way to use all the fall stationery Anabelle sent me! I actually really like this letter. It looks so minimal. And that film is actually real film from back in the olden days when you had to go to Walmart to get your pictures developed. I believe the pictures on this film were of my parents in Alaska. But you can’t tell unless you hold it to the light.

Oh yeah. I sent a lot XD I sent her a bunch of stickers and chipboard embellishments and also some cute little decorations I got ages ago. And that painting of a girl reading (on the right LOL) I actually did myself! I’m trying to expand my watercolor skills. It’s actually a lot easier than I thought.

Aside from that, I also sent some washi tape, a q+a card, and some pressed flowers. I have A LOT. It’s a bit of an issue. But there’s so many pretty flowers that bloom around here! What am I supposed to do, not press them? Ridiculous!

Oh I love this letter so much. The calligraphy is so elegant, I just wish the downstrokes were smoother.

Ah yes, I participated in a secret Santa snail mail thingy that one of my friends hosted and this is my letter to the girl that I was assigned to! I love how it turned out. There were a couple of times in the process where I was like “Oops I ruined it” but it all came together in the end! And Anna must have liked it because we’re penpals now!

And this letter went to a different Anna that I was already penpals with XD It’s so simplistic and I love it.

This one isn’t my favorite but I still like how it turned out. I was kind of rushing through the process and I guess this is what happens when you rush. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

I think this one is my favorite in the whole post. IS IT NOT GORGEOUS??!?!! It makes me think of a wedding invitation or something. It’s just…..perfect.

Ew, why on earth does the envelope look yellow? LOL anyway, this letter went to the girl that sent me a Christmas card for that snail mail secret Santa thing I mentioned. So I got two new penpals out of it!

It’s been awhile since I did a green theme and I really like how it turned out! I spent an embarrassingly long time trying to decide which girl I wanted to stick on the envelope 😅

EEP I LOVE THIS ONE!! All the colors just matched so perfectly with everything and ahhh it’s perfect.

This letter had an orange theme and I think it turned out quite nice! It completely cleaned me out of orange stationery though heh.

Welp I hope y’all enjoyed seeing all my mail art! I enjoyed making it! XD

Toodles!

🎵 willow by Taylor Swift 🎵

More Mail Art ~ In Which I Showcase More of My Random Envelope Designs

This was supposed to go up in July, but I’m a little good too good at procrastinating and it. . . . didn’t. Better late than never?

It’s been a few months since my last mail art post and I’ve written a good bit of letters since then. So here, enjoy more of my mail art!

Oh yeah, I also gave my blog a makeover if you didn’t notice. What do y’all think? I quite like it. And I also added a Contact Me page (Say Hey!) and a blog buttons page! (Blog Buttons) You guys are welcome to check those out if you’d like.

Okay, sorry, that’s all. On to the post!

I love this one. I spent so long on it and I feel like it turned out really cute! I don’t know if I’d ever make another one like it, but I am really proud of it.

I love looking at this one! I played around with my creativity a lot when I made it. Also, the white gel pen really adds a lot. *chef’s kiss*

This whole letter had a vintage theme, as I had a lot of random vintage ephemera lying around. I especially love how the envelope turned out. The kraft paper just works so well with so many different envelope designs, especially this one.

Here we see the various things I included in the letter including the letter itself, questions, answers (to questions she sent me in her letter), Would You Rather?, a little card or whatever that I wasn’t sure what to do with, and various stickers. I had an empty sticker sheet, so I just stuck a bunch of different stickers on it for Olivia to use!

A Lisa Frank-themed letter. Why not? I found a bunch of Lisa Frank stickers and I thought, “May as well relive my childhood.” Idk, I think it’s cute.

Oh wow. I forgot how much I sent Bianca 😅 Besides the actual letter, I sent her a riddle, questions, answers (to the questions she sent me), Would You Rather?, my answer to the Would You Rather? she sent me, stickers, and some pictures of me. (She’s a fairly new penpal.) There are so many rainbows in this letter. It’s great.

I made this one ages ago and I didn’t get the chance to use it for months. But it’s Sleepy Murphy! Y’all might remember Murphy from my first mail art post (if not, that’s alright). This is him asleep. I should make more Murphy mail art. . . .

This is the part of the post where the mail art becomes more minimal because I got busy with various things. I don’t hate the simpler designs though. I think this one turned out cute! The negative space is kinda nice.

This one’s cute too, if a little boring. I could have done more, but my letter was late and I wanted to get it sent as quickly as possible.

I may or may not have borrowed this design from a letter Liesl sent me. Except my version looks WAY better. *flips hair*

I sent Liesl a flower that I’d mentioned to her on the phone. The reason I mentioned it was because it somehow changed colors! When I picked it, it was bright pink, but it turned purple after I pressed it. It was the strangest thing!

Anyway, I made that little pocket from memory after seeing penpal YouTubers do it (what can I say, I watch a lot of Penpal With Me videos *shrugs*) and I stuffed a bunch of flower stationery in there. You know, to go with the pressed flower.

The calligraphy is pretty! I will admit, this was one of my more boring letters, but I hope Bea liked it nonetheless!

This one may not be the most pleasing to look at, but it’s pretty cool (at least in my opinion). I pressed that little branch and I figured I could use it to decorate an envelope. I used my glue tape to stick it down, and after I finished the entire thing (including writing the address), I stuck packing tape over the whole thing to make sure nothing got messed up.

(Also, if you’re wondering, I got the book page from a falling-apart duplicate copy of The Magician’s Nephew. I didn’t just decimate a book for no reason. Y’all can rest easy.)

I love how this one turned out! I remembered reading about the way people used to write letters back in the olden days when they couldn’t afford envelopes, so I decided to try it out. I decorated the paper and wrote my letter, then folded it up and addressed it on the outside of the paper! I also used some of my Dollar Tree stamps to decorate it. It turned out cute!

I wasn’t really planning to decorate this one quite as much as I did, but it just kinda happened. I am very happy with how it turned out, though. The colors just match so well! The paint chip, and the washi, and the brush pen I used for the address. . . . it just worked! I’m also really happy with how the calligraphy turned out. Some of my best work, I think.

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed and maybe found some inspiration for your own mail art! Oh, and let me know how you feel about my blog’s redesign! I figured she was way overdue for a facelift.

Alright, that’s all! Toodles!

🎵 Monster by Imagine Dragons 🎵

Mail Art ~ In Which I Showcase Some More Art

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!

Photo thanks to Liesl

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)

I use my Tombows a lot for my envelope art. Be warned.

Photo thanks to Liesl

I am so proud of that calligraphy. It just looks so smooth and flowy. *chef’s kiss* Good job, Mia!

  • 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 found this humerus.”

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 ⬇⬇

WOW what a crappy photo.

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
Guys…..I’m so sorry what even is this lighting

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
Never mind, this lighting is a thousand times worse

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!

LOOK

AT

THE

CUTENESSSSS!!!!!

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?

Love,

🎵 Surrender by Natalie Taylor (this song is the most calming song I’ve ever heard. I’m obsessed) 🎵