Saturday, May 30, 2015

Black Paper

Around the time I decided to hand illustrate all my envelopes, I was experimenting with drawing on black paper. I thought the effect would look good for envelope illustrations, so I made a few envelopes with black Canson Mi-teintes paper, and have illustrated them with various white inks, gouache, colored pencil, and even bleach:

Mailed July 5, 2011

Friday, May 29, 2015

Early Efforts

After I illustrated my first few envelopes, it was a year before I finally took the plunge and decided to illustrate all the envelopes for my personal letters. Here are some of the envelopes I drew in that period:

Mailed Jan. 6, 2011


I mentioned in the previous post that I learned about etegami-- the Japanese practice of sending hand illustrated postcards-- from DosankoDebbie's Etegami Notebook. I did several more etegami in 2010 and early 2011:

Mailed to Japan Sept. 10, 2010

Thursday, May 28, 2015

First Efforts

I illustrated my first envelope in 2010 in response to a mail art call:

Mailed to Australia July 19, 2010