Sunday, March 24, 2013

Envelope Art

Decorated Envelopes
are just the best mail one can receive.
 
Well, that's as far as I'm concerned it is.  My postcard mail art has led me to wanting to play with arty names and addresses.  After posting a couple of first envelopes on flickr...
 
 


... Carol found and led me to the blog of Jean Wilson, pushing the envelopes  Jean's envelope art is phenomenal and the ultimate inspiration.  Jean has the talent to design an envelope based on the design of the postage stamp.  I couldn't even begin to do that!  I just add the postage stamp as added envelope decoration.
 
 
 
 
It was Jean's blog where I was shocked to learn that you could place a postage stamp almost anywhere on the envelope!  Can you believe it?  I always thought they HAD to be in the upper right corner.  Carol's envelope was my very first moving of the postage!  FUN FUN FUN!  And scary too.  There was a brief visual of the post office slapping a big ole red inked stamp "undeliverable as stamped!"
 
 
And I dared to do it again! 
 
It's kind of a bummer blocking out names and addresses to protect the innocent.  That takes away from the effect as a whole, but, it can't be helped.

AND THEN!
SO AWESOME! 
Carol oh, sweet Carol, sent ME an arty envelope!
 
 
And that's how I know this is the best mail to receive!
Thanks so much, Carol!  That was an AWESOME Mail Day!
 
Wishing everyone a Good Mail Day!
Annie


18 comments:

beaquilter said...

these are NEAT, don't you have to pay extra postage on these? I know they won't go thru the regular scanner machine right? but it might cheer up the postal worker that has to handle it anyways...

Cindy Sharp said...

What wonderful mail!

West Michigan Quilter said...

These are wonderful. What a great idea. Postcards scared me, but I'd like to try an envelope. I love Zentangle and think I'll try some of that on an envelope. You are so encouraging. I love what Carol sent you. Is your name drawn on or is it in fabric? Thanks for the link.

sheila 77 said...

It's good to see these all together. Nice work, Annie.

patchouli moon studio said...

They are all so wonderful Annie. Too bad that mailing snail mail style isn't done very often in this electronic social media world. Anyone would love to receive such beautiful works of art.

Ramona said...

Well you used to be able to buy pretty stationery but now with e-mail - it is hard to find. Doesn't the post office have to hand stamp them if the stamps are in an odd location. That may have been your intent anyway. Great job as usual!

Katherine said...

How fun and how gorgeous! I didn't know that about stamps - so cool to see how you worked them into your designs, Annie. Lovely!

Lies Koster said...

Very nice envelopes. I made some of old posters (very nice paper!) and now I made a lot out of roadmaps. Soon in my blog! huisvlijtigliesje.blogspot.com

Lesley said...

Your postcard art is exquisite! I particularly love the Mom and Dad one....so cool! So nice that you also got to receive a beautiful card since so often you are the one sending. Yay you!

carol said...

I'm lovin' this new art of yours! It seems as though you get a whole new style from one envelope to the next. How fun! (I'd probably just do the same one over and over using the new address.....duh!!) I think I might have to design a new one for you........but what oh what to put inside???????

bohemiannie! art said...

Wow, wow, and wow. Thanks for Jean's link. I'll check her out later at the airport. And your envelopes...fabulous. I love the one for Mom and Dad best but they're all so uniquely YOU!

Jacque said...

Those would make it a totally awesome mail day, that's for sure! Gorgeous!

Rachel said...

Wow, Annie, SUPER cute!! Love the results. Your talent, once again, has me in awe!

legato1958 said...

Totally cute and fun,fun,fun!!!
I LOVE looking at your creative new ideas and art projects!!

We have a lady in my choir, who has red hair, cut similar to your little 'Annie in her hat' in your header.... and I always think of you when I see her!! (I want to call her Annie now... even though she is Carol!)

Thanks for sharing your sunshine!!

Susie

lej619 said...

Oh Please, Oh Please do tell how you did it! Cut and paste?? You did a great job.

ellen gets crafty said...

You are so inspiring - the USPS should hire you to encourage people to send more mail!!!

pinsandneedles said...

Annie your creativity just abounds! Love this new art project.

Createology said...

Annie these are fabulous artsy envelopes. You are totally ready for April National Letter Writing month. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...