Envelope Mail Art

This is an envelope I sent to Jean Wilson. If you are interested in mail art, check out Jeans blog pushingtheenvelopes.

This is an envelope I sent to Jean Wilson. If you are interested in mail art, check out Jeans blog pushingtheenvelopes.

I love sending and receiving mail the “old fashioned” way, in actual physical envelopes with hand written addresses. Being a calligrapher as well as an artist, and having lots of friends with similar interests, I have sent and received some very interesting envelopes. I hope the following examples spark some interest in sending some fun mail art to your friends.

(You may notice that some of the addresses appear incomplete. Aside from Jean Wilson, whose address is freely shared on her envelope blog, I felt it best to digitally remove the addresses from my images before posting them for all the world to see.)

Here is an envelope that Jean sent to me.

Here is an envelope that Jean sent to me. The “gingerbread” in the stamp is echoed in my name.

Here are the envelopes I sent out for the envelope exchange. (see photo below for how they looked before I added the addresses and stamps).

Here are the envelopes I sent out for the envelope exchange. (see photo below for how they looked before I added the addresses and stamps).

This is how the envelopes looked as I started, with just the hand hearts. I used three different watercolors and one acrylic iridescent ink.

This is how the envelopes looked as I started, with just the hand hearts. I used three different colors of watercolor and one acrylic iridescent ink.

This envelope came from Tammie in 1997. Notice the 32 cent stamp.

This envelope came from Tammie in 1997. Notice the 32 cent stamp.

This envelope and note card started out as handmade paper made and given to me by a friend. My mother did the Chinese brush painting on the front of them. I love them too much to actually use them.

This envelope and note card started out as handmade paper made and given to me by a friend. I asked my mother to do the Chinese brush painting on the front of them. I love them too much to actually use them.

This envelope came from Sandy. It's from 1995. Again, notice the 32 cent stamp.

This envelope came from Sandy. It’s from 1995. Again, notice the 32 cent stamp.

This card and envelope came from Cathy from Mississippi. She said she never uses orange, but was inspired by the stamp to try it. I think it worked out GREAT!

This card and envelope came from Cathy from Mississippi. She said she never uses orange, but was inspired by the stamp to try it. I think it worked out GREAT!

This envelope came from Susan, who is obviously a very practiced calligrapher. She wrote on the paper first, then made it into an envelope. This is another case where the stamp and envelope decoration work together to create a work of art.

This envelope came from Susan, who is obviously a very practiced calligrapher. She wrote on the paper first, then made it into an envelope. This is another case where the stamp and envelope decoration work together to create a work of art.

This colorful envelope came from Betty. I love how fresh the colors are here.

This colorful envelope came from Betty. I love how fresh the colors are here.

This envelope came from Michelle. This is her first attempt at a Zentangle. I think it's a great doodle.

This envelope came from Michelle. This is her first attempt at a Zentangle. I think it’s a great doodle!

This envelope came from Brigitte. I believe the coloring is a colored pencil.

This envelope came from Brigitte. I believe the coloring is a colored pencil.

This envelope came from Donna in 1997. White on pink makes such a strong statement.

This envelope came from Donna in 1997. White on pink makes such a strong statement.

Another envelope from Brigitte. I think the pink letters are actually stamps she made, probably from erasers.

Another envelope from Brigitte. I think the pink letters are actually stamps she made, probably from erasers.

This envelope came from Pam from back in 1997. I love the triangle stamp. It's from 1997.

This envelope came from Pam from back in 1997. I love the triangle stamp and how Pam did the calligraphy to make the stamp more noticeable.

This envelope is from Jan who absolutely loves stamps. Look just above the address at the little "snail mail" snail.

This envelope is from Jan who absolutely loves stamps. Look just above the address at the little “snail mail” snail.

There is so much you can do with envelopes. For more ideas see Jean Wilson’s blog: pushingtheevnelopes.

Happy creating, Candy

3 responses to “Envelope Mail Art

  1. Candy, You are an amazing, talented woman and so very, very generous to share your creations. My family in Ohio will now be getting some creative mail because of you. Hugs, Marge

  2. Great envelopes – I also love the snail mail snail graphic. Thanks for sharing these great works of art.

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