You all have been amazingly patient while I’ve been on a short (too long) blogging hiatus while we prepared our house for the market. I’m so excited to jump back in with you all and share some of what’s going on behind the scenes here, but first… Let’s get back to some mail art!
When you experiment with lots of different art media, you end up with a number of supplies and the need to find ways to use them in a variety of ways. Here’s one more way to dress up some #happymail.
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With some shaving cream and colored re-inkers you can create a faux marbled look!
You’ll want a baking pan or styrafoam tray to work in. This is a messy technique, but the results are really beautiful. Grab a can of shaving cream (nothing fancy, store brand will do), colored re-inkers (Don’t have bottles of ink around? No problem! Use liquid food coloring!), toothpicks, and a blank envelope. You’ll also need a few sheets of paper towels.
Randomly squeeze out drops of color over the shaving cream. Leave white space, you can always add more color if needed!
Use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the color through the shaving cream. I like to make figure eight motions. Start big and then get smaller, until you start to see swirls emerge.
Now the palette is ready for your envelope (or paper).
Place the envelope on waxed paper or another baking pan and use paper towel to wipe off the shaving cream. The color will have transferred to your paper!
Dip a little bit of the bottom of the envelope, too. You can even dip a whole sheet or scraps of cardstock.
Wipe off all the excess shaving cream. Watch your fingers, they like to carry the color to places you don’t want it. Allow the ink to dry before addressing the envelopes. If you’ve left white space, you can swirl what’s still in your tray and dip another envelope or few.
I dipped the flap and a bit of the top of the envelope.
Just be careful to not over do the swirls and turn your colors to mud.
Once dry, address your envelope in any style you prefer. I start with the zip code to center the address, and then work my way up. Leaving the names until the last step.
Here’s the demonstration of this fun (but messy) technique from Periscope.
Do you think you’ll give this technique a try?