- Introspection Prompts + Sidekick
- Art journal your personality type
- 10 Minute Art Journal Pages
- Using Envelopes In Your Art Journal
- How to make Watercolour Collage Paper
- Using your own photography in your art journals
- Drawing inspiration from Andy Warhol
- A beginner’s guide to drawing faces
- Finding Words
- How to stencil with mists
- Make a gorgeous mess with bleached paper
- Using Ink Blots to Connect to Your Intuition
Using Envelopes In Your Art Journal
I love using envelopes when I art journal! It’s the perfect thing to tuck away some special writing or journaling, photos, letters, anything really. I thought it would be a great time to bring it up now that we are in the Season of Introspection.
I do a ton of free writing, especially when I am trying to understand how I am feeling or thinking. Usually I paint over it or throw it away after I write it. Sometimes, though, I wanna save it in my art journal. In that case, I just fold up my writing and tuck it away into an envelope.
My favorite envelopes to use are just from the junk mail I get in my mailbox. That’s because I love playing with the transparent address windows. Fun fact: my absolute favorite envelopes actually come from the MVA (in the US, that’s the vehicle registration place). I like them the best because they have transparent windows and they are that beautiful orange-y manila envelope color–such a good warm antique kinda color.
Okay so the basic instruction for this is simple: just glue the envelope into your art journal, window side up.
Just like everything else in art journaling, there is no correct way to do this. This is why art journaling is glorious!
I used these envelopes, courtesy of my healthcare provider:
Personally, I like to cut the envelopes down to a smaller size:
I also like to first paint the envelope with acrylic paint or gouache. I do this so messily because that is who I am, haha! I like getting paint on the window because then it interacts visually with whatever you put inside the envelope.
Separately, I paint or collage a background on the page where I will glue the envelope. Or you just use a page you have previously worked into but could use something extra.
I chose to glue this quilt pattern over the “PLEASE RECYCLE THIS ENVELOPE” print. The pattern was cut out from an old thrift store book I have been systematically destroying with everything I make.
Here’s what it looks like once I glue the envelopes in place:
In this envelope, after gluing a pattern inside it, I put some golden in there. It’s kind of hard to see in this picture but it’s sparkly and magical in real life.
In this one I put a 4×4 photo from a trip to Costa Rica. It’s of this beautiful pink flowering plant that was right by a natural pool in a coral beach. A special beautiful memory for me. I can slide it in and out of this envelope. I also spray painted some quick blasts of black automotive paint on the outside of the envelope. It gave it a splatter paint effect. Again, painting and drawing over the windows is fun!
This one I made a little while back. This is one of my favorite envelopes glued down with a photo inside. I painted gold onto the photo and it just makes me feel so good when I see it. The white stripes are from a white-out tape runner. (That’s me at my day job…)
And finally here is another envelope I incorporated into a page. This one is holding some personal writing I wanted to save.
I hope this inspires you to start hoarding junk mail to make beautiful things!
Cait Sherwood is a mixed-media painter who works into art journals daily. She lives on a farm in Brookeville, Maryland. She is obsessed with understanding the creative process.