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National Letter Writing Month 2017 – Week 1

I’m just getting started on my letters for National Card & Letter Writing Month. As in past years, I’m sending out at least one letter (in a decorated envelope) for the entire month of April. This year, with all the traveling I’ve been doing, I’m way behind in my correspondence, so I’m going to try and get caught up this month. Wish me luck!

My first two letters and envelopes for this year’s National Card & Letter Writing Month.

My first letter went to Susan, a dear friend who could use a little pick-me-up. I decided to send her a flower envelopes I though it was cheery and she could enjoy it without having to water or care for it.

More envelopes sent out this week for National Card & Letter Writing Month.

As the month progresses, I’m hoping to get some inspiration for decorating envelopes from my “new” stash of old stamps that I acquired last fall from a stamp collector. I got to go through a bunch of his stamps and pick out ones that I liked. They’re so cool, I’m going to have trouble parting with them.

These are just a few of the stamps I purchased last fall from a stamp collector. Aren’t they wonderful?

Happy Mail Art, Candy

April Is National Letter Writing Month

I brought a bunch of my correspondence with me on this latest trip. With April being National Letter Writing month and me being behind on answering all the wonderful letters and little paper gifts I’ve received lately, I figured this would be a win-win.

Some of the wonderful mail art I’ve received lately.

There’s not much space for art supplies while I’m traveling, but I have enough space for envelopes, a few pens and brushes, and a little paper. As with the past few years, I will be sending out at least one letter a day for the entire month of April.

It’s so much fun to open my mail and have such great surprises inside the envelopes.

I have many more than just 30 letters to write, so I’m going to try and double or triple up on as many days as I can. It’s going to be a fun month, and I’ll be sharing a few envelope projects with you.

I have such creative friends. It’s a joy to open my mail.

Tomorrow I’ll be driving to Tucson. I remember from my last trip that they had wonderful artwork on the bridges along the trip. This time I will have time to stop and take photos, maybe even sketch some of the designs in my journal. I’m hoping they will make their way into some of my envelope designs this next month.

Some of the wonderful mail art I’ve received lately.

For those of you who have been following my blog, here’s an update on the Paper Illuminated online class that I’m taking from Helen Hiebert. We left the van in Arizona and flew back home and then back to Arizona. I hadn’t planed that when I signed up for Helen’s class. I thought I would be home for the entire 6 weeks of the class. I got my first two projects done (More Traveling Ahead & Paper Illuminated Online Class – Week 2) and brought the rest of the supplies with me to work on while traveling. However, I decided TSA wouldn’t take fondly to my taking a saw in my carry on luggage, so I left it at home and just purchased one here. So, my shoji screen, which was this week’s project will be a little late. I bought a little saw and mitre box yesterday and should be able to get started on it on Sunday. Biosphere2 and Tucson are tomorrow and Saturday.

It’s wonderful having such creative friends. Long live snail mail!

I am looking forward to writing lots of letters and decorating lots of envelopes this next month. I hope you are too!

Enjoy, Candy

Wonderful Envelopes Sent To John Neal Bookseller

This week I’m attending my annual summer Calligraphy and Art Retreat near Portland, Oregon. This week is also the annual convention for IAMPETH (short for The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting), which is in Portland. So, a few of us went to visit for a few hours.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

John Neal Bookseller was there to sell supplies to all the attendees and others, like us, who visited. John Neal Bookseller had on display a large quantity of envelopes they have received over the years. My photos aren’t the greatest, but I thought they might provide inspiration. They sure have inspired me.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

Envelopes sent to John Neal Bookseller.

One of my favorite envelopes on display.

One of my favorite envelopes on display.

Another close up of one of my favorite envelopes.

Another close up of one of my favorite envelopes.

Another close up of one of my favorite envelopes.

Another close up of one of my favorite envelopes.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 5)

Last month was National Letter Writing month. And each day for the entire month, I sent out at least one letter a day in a hand decorated envelope. Here is what I sent out last week.

This note and envelope went to Sequoia for day 26 of National Letter Writing Month.

This note and envelope went to Sequoia for day 26 of National Letter Writing Month.

Sequoia’s envelope was hand delivered, so I didn’t have to worry about US Postal Service requirements. I didn’t have to put an address on the envelope or put a stamp on it.

This is the back of Sequoia's envelope for day 26 of National Letter Writing Month.

This is the back of Sequoia’s envelope for day 26 of National Letter Writing Month.

Here is the reverse side of Sequoia’s envelope. It’s on of my origami envelopes. More information is on my post: DIY Origami Envelope. These envelopes are fun to make with a square of paper.

This letter and envelope was sent to Jackie for day 27 of National Letter Writing Month. The keyboard is washi tape.

This letter and envelope was sent to Jackie for day 27 of National Letter Writing Month. The keyboard is washi tape.

Jackie is a retired music teacher. She plays the piano and accordion and a myriad of other instruments. I found keyboard washi tape in Portland last fall and have been waiting for the perfect time to put it on an envelope.

This letter and envelope went to Janet for day 28 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Janet for day 28 of National Letter Writing Month.

Janet has written me a number of letters and I wanted to send her one. I’ve been meaning to for some time, so National Letter Writing month was just the perfect push to get me to send her a letter.

This letter and birthday greetings went to Gaea for day 29 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and birthday greetings went to Gaea for day 29 of National Letter Writing Month.

Gaea asked for a letter, and since her birthday is at the end of April, I wanted to make it into a birthday card/letter. Notice “Happy Birthday Gaea” around the flower on the envelope and around the card. I had fun with thinking how make this envelope.

This letter and envelope was sent to Angela for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope was sent to Angela for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

By the time the end of the month came around, I found I had promised a few more letters than there were days left in the month. So, I sent out 3 letters on the last day of April.

This letter and envelope was sent to Rachel for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope was sent to Rachel for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

It was a happy month of making envelopes, trying to figure out a way to make matching stationery, and writing lots of letters. I’m now starting to get a bunch of lovely letters from my friends, old and new.

This letter and envelope was sent to Paula for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope was sent to Paula for day 30 of National Letter Writing Month.

Paula was the last person I promised a letter to for National Letter Writing Month. I do have, however, a list of more people I want to send letters to. So, I’ll still be sending out letters this month, but they’ll go out at a slower pace.

Happy Letter Writing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 3)

As those of you who have been following my blog know, I’ve been sending a letter in a hand decorated envelope every day this month in a challenge to myself because April is National Card & Letter Writing Month. These are the envelopes and matching stationery I sent out this past week.

This paste paper envelope and matching stationery went to Phawnda.

This paste paper envelope and matching stationery went to Phawnda for day 13 of National Letter Writing Month.

Phawnda is a fellow calligrapher who does some amazing calligraphy. You can see some of her work on Phawnda’s Facebook page: https: www.facebook.com/calligraphyanddesignbyphawnda

This is the card and envelope I sent my long time friend, Marge.

This is the card and envelope I sent my long time friend, Marge, for day 12 of National Letter Writing Month.

Marge is an artist friend of mine. I decided to send her one of my oops! envelopes. I spilled two drops of ink on the envelope. I wanted Marge to remember that I’m not perfect! This is one of the reasons I love making and sending hand decorated envelopes, they don’t need to be perfect because they’re “just” envelopes. I tend to be a perfectionist, but I don’t worry about that when I make envelopes because they’re going to get mashed by the postal service anyway.

This card and envelope went to Alyce, one of my blog subscribers.

This card and envelope went to Alyce, one of my blog subscribers, for day 14 of National Letter Writing Month.

This card and envelope went to Alyce. I love how the Copic markers blend together on this flower envelope. I’ve been asked where the address goes. Well, it just wraps around the petal of the flower that has Alyce’s name.

This letter and envelope went to Karen.

This letter and envelope went to Karen for day 15 of National Letter Writing Month.

Karen is one of my envelope exchange buddies. Above is the card and envelope I sent her. I love how the center of the flower almost glows.

This card and envelope went to Marilynne.

This card and envelope went to Marilynne for day 16 of National Letter Writing Month.

Marilyn was in a car accident. She’s finally home after a stay in the hospital followed by rehabilitation. I wanted to send her something fancy. My copperplate needs more practice, but I thought she’d appreciate my attempt.

This card and envelope went to Finnbadger (aka Phillip) for day 17 of National Letter Writing Month.

This card and envelope went to Finnbadger (aka Phillip) for day 17 of National Letter Writing Month.

I’ve been in a number of envelope exchanges with Phillip, aka Finnbadger. He has a blog where you can see some of his envelopes: www.envelope100.blogspot.com

This card and envelope went to Abbey for day 18 of National Letter Writing Month.

This card and envelope went to Abbey for day 18 of National Letter Writing Month.

I should have used my Slide Writer Laser Liner for Abbey’s name on the stationery. I must remember – this is just a letter and I don’t need it to be perfect.

To see the envelopes I sent out in other weeks see:
National Letter Writing Month – Week 1
National Letter  Writing Month – Week 2

Happy letter writing, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 2)

If you have been following my blog, you know that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. I have challenged myself to send at least one letter a day, in an envelope I have decorated, for the entire month. Here is what I sent out this past week.

This letter and envelope went to Martha for day 5 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Martha for day 5 of National Letter Writing Month.

Martha is one of the people in an envelope exchange I am participating in. I need to send my exchange envelopes out by the end of the month. My challenge to send a letter and envelope a day is a perfect reminder to get these envelopes in the mail.

This letter and envelope went to Sallie for day 6 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Sallie for day 6 of National Letter Writing Month.

Sallie is a friend I met through my blog. Last year she even made me a wonderful breakfast before I went to a Calligrapher’s Conference that was in the town she lives in.

My envelope and letter for day 7 of National Letter Writing Month went to another Sally, also in Washington.

My envelope and letter for day 7 of National Letter Writing Month went to another Sally, also in Washington.

Sally is a friend I met at a calligraphy conference many years ago. We still keep in touch.

This envelope and note (along with the banana bread) went to Gayle for day 8 of National Letter Writing Month.

This envelope and note (along with the banana bread) went to Gayle for day 8 of National Letter Writing Month.

My friend, Gayle, just had surgery. I hand delivered her get well soon letter as well as the banana bread.

My letter and envelope for day 9 of National Letter Writing Month goes to Jean, not Joan as I misspelled her name on the envelope.

My letter and envelope for day 9 of National Letter Writing Month goes to Jean, not Joan as I misspelled her name on the envelope.

If you’re a calligrapher, you’ll understand. We calligraphers concentrate on getting our letters “just so.” So much so that we tend to not think about the spelling. That’s exactly what happened here. This letter and envelope went to Jean, not Joan, Wilson. Since Jean is a calligrapher, I’m sure she’ll understand, so I sent it the way I addressed it.

My letter and envelope for day 10 of National Letter Writing Month went to Sophia.

My letter and envelope for day 10 of National Letter Writing Month went to Sophia.

Sophia is a friend who loves purple. So, I just had to send her an envelope with her name in purple.

My letter and envelope for day 11 of National Letter Writing Month went to Hans.

My letter and envelope for day 11 of National Letter Writing Month went to Hans.

Hans, like Martha, is one of the participants in my envelope exchange.

To see the envelopes I sent out in week one and later see:
National Letter Writing Month – Week 1
National Letter Writing Month – Week 3

Happy Letter Writing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 1)

April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. I am challenging myself to send at least one letter a day, in an envelope I have decorated, for the month of April. Here is what I have sent out so far this month.

This envelope and letter went out to Betsy on April 1.

This envelope and letter went out to Betsy on April 1.

Betsy moved into her new digs on April 1st. I hope my letter is the first one she receives at her new address. Moving is very stressful, so hopefully this will life her spirits while she is unpacking.

My letter and envelope for day 2 of National Letter Writing Month goes to Miles.

My letter and envelope for day 2 of National Letter Writing Month goes to Miles.

I’ve owed my mail art and pen pal, Miles, a letter an envelope for a few months now. Hopefully I can use this month to get caught up on mail art to many of my friends as well as some to new ones as well.

This is what I send to Natalie for day 3 of National Card and Letter Writing Month.

This is what I send to Natalie for day 3 of National Card and Letter Writing Month.

Natalie, like me, makes paste papers. She requested I send her something made from paste paper. The design on the paste paper I used for the envelope is decorated with a stamp (in this case a.k.a. a toilet paper roll center). I then pasted 1″ squares of paste papers to the side of my letter.

Today's letter and envelope goes to Angel, who is one of the people in my envelope exchange from Letters of Joy.

Today’s letter and envelope goes to Angel, who is one of the people in my envelope exchange from Letters of Joy.

I am happily playing catch up with my envelope exchange from Letters of Joy. I still have a couple of weeks before I would be labeled “late”, so the challenge to myself for sending a letter and envelope a day this month is helping keep me on track.

This is what I have sent out in later weeks:
National Letter Writing Month – Week 2
National Letter Writing Month – Week 3

Happy letter writing, Candy

April Is National Card and Letter Writing Month

Last year I discovered that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. I hadn’t realized there was such a thing. When I found out about it, I issued myself a challenge to make and send an envelope (with letter inside) every day for the month of April. Both the recipients and I had a great time. Most everyone I sent an envelope and letter to, sent one back to me. It was great fun!

I bought this Sharpie water based marker and found it wrote wonderfully even over the silver on my paste papers.

One of my favorite envelopes from last year. I used this Sharpie water based marker to write over one of my silver and blue paste papers which I made into an envelope. Simple and elegant.

I enjoyed it so much that I have decided to do it again this year. You are welcome to leave a comment below if you are interested in receiving an envelope and letter. I’ll then send you an email and you can send me your address. And maybe you’ll return the favor and send me a decorated envelope and letter in return.

I am starting my envelopes for National Card and Letter Writing Month which starts next week.

I am starting my envelopes for National Card and Letter Writing Month which starts next week.

On my Facebook page for My Paper Arts, I will be sharing a photo each day of the envelope I send out. I’ll also show some of the envelopes on my weekly Studio Snapshot here on this blog.

It’s going to be a fun month and I’d love to have you play along with me.

Happy Letter Writing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Flower Envelope Series

I’ve been sending out a letter-a-day for the month of April in honor of it being National Letter Writing Month. My letters have all gone out in a handmade or hand decorated envelope. Somewhere during the month I made an envelope with a flower on it. I liked it and made another and another and another. And lo and behold, I realized I created a series.

One of the envelopes in my flower series. In this one the flower petals are watercolors and the background of the envelope was made with a Copic marker.

From my Flower Envelope Series. Made with watercolors (petals) and Copic markers.

I kept changing something with each new envelope. I tried new colors or centers of the flowers or number of flower petals or the kind of markers or watercolors I used. I experimented with lots of different ideas, but kept close to the same flower design for all the envelopes.

One of the envelopes in my Flower Envelope Series. This was made with Copic markers for both the flower and the background. The name was written with a white Sharpie marker.

From my Flower Envelope Series. Flower petals and background made with Copic markers. Name written with a white Sharpie marker.

It’s been interesting to try to combine colors that I would not usually use together. Sometimes the combination works, sometimes not so well.

From my Flower Envelope Series. Made with watercolors and Copic marker.

From my Flower Envelope Series. Made with watercolors (petals) and Copic markers.

I don’t think I am through making flower envelopes. I still have some ideas I want to play around with.

From my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers.

From my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers.

I won’t be making as many flower envelopes as I have been lately because many of them take hours to make and I have other things I want to make too. Still, you’re likely to see some more of them sometime in the future.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers and white Sharpie.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers and white Sharpie.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic marker, watercolors and white Sharpie.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic marker, watercolors, gold pen, and white Sharpie.

From my Flower Envelope Series made with Copic markers and white Sharpie marker.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers and white Sharpie.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers and white Sharpie.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers and white Sharpie.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Lisa wanted me to make her an envelope with lots of yellow. I think this qualifies.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Lisa wanted me to make her an envelope with lots of yellow. I think this qualifies.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers and white Sharpie.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. Made with Copic markers and Sharpie markers. Note how the Sharpie background shows the marker strokes more than the Copic markers.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. I'm not ready to let go of this one yet.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. I’m not ready to let go of this one yet.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. I'm not ready to let go of this one yet.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. I’m not ready to let go of this one yet.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. I'm not ready to let go of this one yet.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. I’m not ready to let go of this one yet.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. I'm not ready to let go of this one yet.

One of my Flower Envelope Series. I’m not ready to let go of this one yet.

I just finished the above envelope. It’s been a really fun month, making envelopes and writing letters for National Letter Writing Month.

Happy Letter Writing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making Envelopes

I’ve been having a great time in my studio this week playing with all sorts of ways to make and decorate envelopes.

For this envelope I wrote Jan's name in watercolors and embellished the letters with black and gold.

For this envelope I wrote Jan’s name in watercolors and embellished the letters with black and gold.

With April being National Letter Writing Month, I’ve given myself a challenge to write a letter a day and send it in a handmade or hand decorated envelope. I’ve had so many volunteers to receive my letters and envelopes that I’m going to have to double up and send 2 or 3 letters out some days this month.

This is the beginning of decorating an envelope. I have no preplanned idea other than the address will go in the center.

This is the beginning of decorating an envelope. I have no preplanned idea other than the address will go in the center.

And this is how the envelope looks almost finished. It still needs an address (in the white space in the center) and stamp

And this is how the envelope looks almost finished. It still needs an address (in the white space in the center) and a stamp.

Still, I’m loving the freedom of throwing my perfectionism out the window for this month. I’m trying all sorts of different ideas. I feel I’ve only just begun. Each day brings another idea to try.

Music paper for an envelope for a retired music teacher.

Music paper for an envelope for a retired music teacher. The card was made by Brooke Connor. You can see more of her work at www.bconnordesign.com.

The start of another envelope design. With envelopes being ephemeral, I don't stress about perfection.

The start of another envelope design. With envelopes being ephemeral, I don’t stress about perfection.

This envelope will be going to Christer who is a fan of the Sunday comics.

This envelope will be going to Christer who is a fan of the Sunday comics.

These two envelopes, with the letter on the inside of the envelope, each made from one of my paste papers, will go in the mail today.

These two envelopes, with the letter on the inside of the envelope, each made from one of my paste papers, will go in the mail today.

I am really enjoying playing around with envelopes. It’s going to be another fun month in my studio.

Happy National Letter Writing Month, Candy