I found the idea for making a mixed media envelope in the book Artists’ Journals & Sketchbooks by Lynne Perrella.
When I saw the envelope in the book, I had one of those moments of “Why didn’t I think of that before?”
I haven’t taken my envelope as far as I want to.
Right now my mixed media envelope has:
- a layer of gesso on front and back
- acrylic paint on the front, scraped with catalyst wedges
- a wash of Derwent Inktense pencils and water on the back
I intend to make several more. The envelope I used was new but I think using used envelopes would be a perfect way to recycle.
I’d like to get out my gelli plate and make a whole batch of envelopes. The hardest part for me was to wait until each side was dry to work on the other one. I used a heat gun to help speed up the process. I think that working on several at a time would be a better use of my time instead of just making one.
I gessoed and painted over the glue seal on the flap. I think that if you were going to use it to mail something, you could skip over that to allow the envelope to be sealed.
I’m going to use my mixed media envelopes for holding random bits of collage material, works in progress and I may actually use them to send out mail.
How would you use your mixed media envelope? Let us know in the comments below.