I love getting mail. I’m not talking about email. I love, love, love getting an old fashioned, stamped envelope in my beautiful brass mailbox. Most of my bills come electronically these days so I don’t have to sift through them to get my letters. I do get a lot of junk mail. Sometimes I recycle it in art projects (look for a post soon!). I’ve heard you can try to stop junk mail through organizations like:https://www.catalogchoice.org. But junk mail aside, when I get a true letter, invitation, card or announcement I get so excited!
I am always touched by the images and sentiments sent to me. Whether it’s a birthday card, wedding invitation or just a simple letter. I get excited just by opening the envelope. Because this paper was touched by the hands of the person who wanted to reach out to me I start smiling. The mail doesn’t have to be long. In fact I prefer it short and sweet.
I recently gave myself a challenge to spend an hour a day on some kind of art. I had been neglecting my passion as other life issues took up most of my time. But I could carve out an hour a day. I began this challenge in April which coincided with the birthdays of many friends and family members. So I decided to make special cards for each of these people using pens and watercolors. The feeling I got each time I sat down to create one of these was wonderful. My creative process was inspired by people I loved. And they adored my little masterpieces!
Create a card:
- Either buy some blank watercolor cards (Strathmore makes some nice ones) or cut watercolor paper to the size of any envelope.
- Lightly draw the person’s initial on the paper with pencil. Make it a large bubble letter.
- Use a fine point Sharpie to go over the pencil lines.
- Now doodle in and around the letter using images and patterns that remind you of that person. Maybe things they love or places they’ve been.
- Using watercolors add some touches here and there.
- On the inside all you have to say is.. . . “Love, . . . .”
- Put the letter in the mail with an up-side-down stamp. I heard somewhere that means love.