My, it’s been a while since my last pen pal or art post, hasn’t it? I think it’s time for some more decorated envelope inspiration today. 🙂 Enjoy browsing through my recent pen pal art, accompanied by tips for fun extra things to include in your letters as well as how to create a themed letter/extras/envelope combo.
Also, check out the end of this post to see the newest envelope collection I released on my shop! Let’s get started!
I’m not going in any particular order, but let’s start with… *picks a slip from hat* Amie’s envelope! I painted this in gouache, after we went to a super fun bonfire night with several friends from church. Fire is interesting to paint… I definitely need to perfect my technique, heh heh. I like how this turned out, though!
I drew this envelope from a photo I took a LONG time ago, when my family and I went on a “hot air balloon chase.” Read about it in this ancient post. I like the contrast between the simple, whimsical balloon and the more sketchy and muted background.
PURPLE! I used one of my few off-brand alcohol-ink markers to color in this background. It didn’t get super smooth, but ah well. You get the idea. I decided to use colored pencil to fill in the galaxy bubble letters because I’d have more control, not to mention color choices. I finished off the art by adding the address and a sprinkling of white gel pen stars + details.
I decided to carry over the galaxy theme to the rest of the letter. Here I included another old photo, some watercolor washi tape samples, a watercolored bookmark, and a galaxy painting I made.
(Also I apologize for the poor lighting in some of these pictures. I usually finish them in the evenings and for some reason can’t wait till morning before sealing the envelope… *rolls eyes*)
Ooh, this is one of my favorites! It was partly inspired by the talented Aliki Karkoulia, who creates amazing gouache paintings with the most gorgeous color schemes, and partly inspired by a landscape I saw on a two-hour drive back home. 🙂
I really like adding verses, quotes, etc. to the end of letters when I’m left with a whole blank side because it seems like a waste of space otherwise. XD
This is Heather’s entire “package.” From left to right we have a verse card (you can purchase a set of 12 different ones here), the letter, a colorable postcard we take turns coloring parts of, some flower stickers, a flier from a local store, and the envelope. 🙂
I decorated this envelope with flowers and ferns I found around the farm and then pressed. I actually found some of the flowers while I was writing Charis’ letter outside. 🙂 I think this is a neat way to send pieces of where you live to your pen pal! Just make sure to cover the envelope with packing tape or laminate of some kind so the plants don’t get damaged.
Honestly I don’t remember which envelope art this went with, so I’m just going to stick it in here. XD I really like sending photos or little lettering/art pieces for my pen pals to add to their bulletin board or just enjoy and then store in the envelope.
Ahh, more blue! I love the watercolor technique of starting with a blurred background and slowly adding layers until you get sharper and darker in the foreground. Simple yet beautiful.
I love how this theme turned out. Even if your envelope art doesn’t have a theme, per se, you can easily make it into one by simply color-coordinating all your extras! And if you’re not sure what theme to do, your pen pal’s favorite color is always a good place to start. 😉 Most of the add-ins here I talked about in one of my pen pal posts: The Ultimate List of Pen Pal Ideas, Fun & Creative Pen Pal Ideas, or Spring Pen Pal Ideas.
I’m not sure where the envelope that belongs to these quotes went either. I love exchanging quotes with pen pals! The lettering on the left one is questionable, but I just love that quote. 😛
Sometimes simpler designs look the nicest. I really like how these cute watercolor poppies turned out! You can’t go wrong with flowers, can you? Watercolor with pen outline is one of my favorite styles to draw in.
For some reason I just felt like drawing butterflies that time, so I did. They aren’t the most symmetrical things ever, but I just rolled with it and had fun adding details and blending the colored pencil into pretty shades of pink.
Laura, one of my blogging friends, had the AMAZING idea to make some happy mail for elderly people at nursing homes! I don’t know if he will write back, but hopefully at least this envelope and letter brightens his day. 🙂
My friend requested hydrangeas on the next envelope, and I was like, “HOLD ON, who said you can request themes??” :’D But I did it anyway, heh heh. Hydrangeas are quite hard to paint realistically, so I went for more of an impressionist style. 😉
I wrote Aria’s letter in hydrangea colors: shades blue, purple, and pink. I usually just use black pen, but I like how the colored markers look! I also included… well, hold on…
This is what I included. 🙂 I folded the scrapbook paper into a kind of cover or folder to hold all the other things. I love this idea and will probably use it again!
Here’s another picture in case you were confused about the inside. 😉
We have now come to the end of my pen pal envelopes. But, as promised, we shall finish with the newest collection of envelopes I added to my Etsy shop! If you’re feeling inspired to beautify your envelopes but don’t feel like spending forever on them, check out the different envelope sets I have on my shop here. They’re a great and simple way to make any mail into happy mail. 🙂
Ahh, this might be my favorite from the set! Possibly because it’s purple; I don’t know. XD
I themed these three designs around landscapes and wildflowers, obviously, but I also painted different times of day, from noon to the golden hour to just after sunset. Which is your favorite? Click here to see more pictures and details, or to order some yourself!
With that, I shall close the post. Hopefully you gained a little pen pal inspiration today! I know I do after seeing other people’s envelope art and happy mail. Before you leave, I want to know…
Which envelope design was your favorite? What is your favorite thing to include or receive with a letter?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!