You would think that with decades of mail art behind us, people would be receptive to receiving such things in the mail
Not so, I saw someone mention that they had sent a decorated envelope to a pen pal, and the person had chastised them for sending something that looked like a child had drawn it, and possibly embarrassing her with the postie.
Imagine being so dull that you are embarrassed by hand drawn art? Anyway, I was kibitzing around and decided to try this. Up to now I was hesitant to draw on envelopes, fearing that they would look amateurish and goofy.
I laid this down with a Faber-Castell Pitt pen in sepia, and then coloured it in with Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. At first it made me cringe a bit, but I kept adding things and doing subtle gradations and it turned out to be rather fresh and cheery. Not bad for a first try.
I wouldn’t really want to use art that takes hours to draw and colour on an envelope, so this was fun and looks quite good when folded and glued.
This is blue 65 lb card stock that I bought in a ream from Staples at least 8 or 9 years ago. It is letter-sized 8.5 x 11 inches, so I have to use a template for a small 1/4 size envelope to fit on the page, but it works quite well. I also have some white cardstock.
I would never have thought to use card stock but I bought some decorated sheets in a pad and people recommend scoring card stock first with a bone folder so it doesn’t crack when you fold it. So I tried that and it works beautifully; another new thing I learned.