In April, which was National Letter Writing Month, I wrote a letter a day and sent it in an envelope that I either made or decorated. About halfway through the month I made an envelope with a flower on the front which ended up being the first of a series of flower envelopes. I’m still making them, trying something a little different with each one.
This flower envelope will be sent out in the mail tomorrow.
These envelopes have gotten rave reviews from my friends and fans. So, I decided to share the process I go through.
These 15 photos show the evolution of a single flower envelope. For this envelope I decided to see what I could do with I had a black background. I like the result.
I try and vary something with each envelope I make. For the above envelope, I wanted to see how a flower would look with a black background.
I love how this flower envelope seems to glow.
Each time I get a new Copic marker, I try it out to see how it will look as a background for one of my flower envelopes.
I spilled gold acrylic ink on this envelope after I had colored the background, but not the flower. I wiped the gold paint evenly over the entire envelope and it developed a wonderful patina. Happy Accident!
The gold sparkle on the above “Happy Accident” flower envelope doesn’t show on the photo above, but it looks marvelous. I hate to part with this one. I am going to create a similar one before I put this in the mail.
I love experimenting with colors I would not normally use together as in this flower envelope.
One of the great things about playing with these envelopes is that I can experiment with unusual (for me) color combinations. The above envelope has a violet that looks a bit gray. I would never put that color with a peachy color, but somehow it works. I never would have known without experimenting.
Another flower envelope that will go in the mail tomorrow.
Believe it or not, the two flower envelopes above have same background. It’s amazing how colors look different depending on the colors around them.
Purple, orange, pink and blue? I just had to try this unusual combination and I like it for this flower envelope.
Because envelopes aren’t works of art that I put a frame on, I feel the freedom to experiment and play more than when I am trying to make a finished piece of art.
Here I tried having the background petals darker and the foreground petals lighter. I did the opposite on Kate’s and Karen’s flower envelopes.
I have eleven envelopes going out by this weekend as part of an envelope exchange. It’s been fun to play with so many different ideas.
This flower envelope will need more stamps as it is going to France.
I still have a log list of people I want to write to, so I am sure I will be making more flower envelopes for quite a while. It’s so much fun (even though they usually take 2 to 3 hours each to make).
This is my demonstration envelope ready to go out in the mail. The address will be written in white.
To see more of my envelopes, check out these blog post:
Studio Snapshot – Flower Envelope Series