Category Archives: Mail Art

Mail Art and Calligraphy

Back to Winnie the Pooh

Tigger was nice for a change, but Winnie the Pooh is a little easier to draw…. or maybe there’s just more pictures online of Pooh, so it’s easier to get inspiration?

Either way, this envelope was coloured with some glitter gel pens I bought from Hobbycraft (unfortunately they don’t have them online), so Pooh catches the light really well.

Birthday card – take one

I started drawing this birthday card, but struggled to get the candle to look right…. then I realised the candle looked quite like a “1”, and as the recipient was celebrating her 31st birthday, I added a “3”, and made the original candle look even more like a “1” – problem solved!

Admittedly the colouring looks rather sketchy, but it does look a lot better from a distance (and I think it also gives Pooh more of a furry texture).

Birthday card – take two

Ok, I will start by saying I made this card after the one that’s scheduled to appear on my blog in a couple of day’s time, , but this birthday just happened to come first!

This was for a “young at heart” relative, who loves handmade cards – I couldn’t resist drawing Winnie the Pooh with a giant cake for her!

Calligraphy – just for a change

I’ve taken a week or two off from sewing, so instead of a current UFO (unfinished object), I’ve got a little calligraphy project to share.

I don’t like the idea of practising for the sake of practise, so my calligraphy practise is usually envelope art!

I hope it also brightens the postie’s day when they see the colourful envelopes 🙂

Happy Halloween!

How do you make a really good looking Halloween card, that isn’t just full of witches, cats and spiders? I was completely stuck until I came across a book on Zentangles – that gave me an idea…. what if I was to write out the letters, then do a Zentangle style pattern in the middle of each one?

Some black card a white gel pen and a white pencil later, this is the end result:

Happy Halloween

The outside of the card, with a Zentangle-inspired look

The white gel pen wasn’t as opaque as I’d hoped, and some of the patterns needed going over a few times to make them stand out, but it still has a really striking effect on the black!

Happy Halloween - Hobbit

Inside the card – copying a Hobbit font

But for the inside, I wanted to use an orange gel pen…. so I cut some white paper to line the card, and copied a Hobbit-themed font from my computer screen to make it look a little more unique!

I knew I wanted to send a gift with the card, and I’d found the bat pattern from BeeZee Art a little while ago. I made the mistake of buying some nice thick fleece to make the bat…. and ended up having to hand crank the sewing machine, as even with a denim needle, it struggled with the thickness of the fabric layers!

I’m pleased with how the bat came out though – although the black fleece was a nightmare to work with, it gives Batty a nice plush feel, and the orange lining for his ears and wings (remnants from the polycotton lining of the Trendy bag‘s second version) lifts the black.

Bat - wings open  Bat - folded wings

My topstitching on the wings came out surprisingly well, even though his nose is slightly crooked! But his new owner loved him, and that’s the whole point 😀