July 20, 2010

Altered Envelope

Under the Sea
Front

Back
(Click on a fish to see the details!)

It just so happened that the stars aligned perfectly this week. The Three Muses issued a challenge to create a piece of mail art - in other words, any type of art that can be mailed or has something to do with mail. And, serendipitously, one of my art group's challenges was to create an altered envelope.

This envelope began with a manila envelope base and a piece of artist's paper from one of my older Somerset Studio magazines. After sizing, printing and trimming all of my images (many from Moonlight Journey), they were glued into position and further enhanced with Prismacolor pencils, Neocolor II's and watercolors. Shadows were added with a woodless graphite pencil and smudged for a soft effect, and tiny bubbles were added with a white gel pen.

May you have a serendipitous day!
Credits: Thanks to Moonlight Journey for all of the images except for the roses and scalloped border (Pringle Hill Studio). Special thanks to Somerset Studio for the artist's paper background.

53 comments:

Lori Saul said...

A deliciously detailed envelope front and back Terri- beautiful art!

Judy said...

What a gorgeous example of mail art Terri - perfect1

Willy said...

Your 'Under the sea' envelope is great, Terri!

Netty said...

This is fabulous Terri, I am amazed at what you have done with an envelope. Annette x

Rebecca Anthony said...

Terri, You have created a treasure, this is quite beautiful. Who would have thought an envelope could be so pretty?!?!

~Rebecca~

indybev said...

Oh my word, Terri, this has the corner on gorgeous! It's so rich in detail and color, and the back is as lovely as the front. You have surpassed yourself -- which "ain't" easy!

Emma Grace said...

Pretty pieces of art!

Kelly said...

wow - both of these are beautiful!

Shannon said...

What a great envelope! Truly beautiful!

Lori said...

Gorgeous! I'd like to see my postie's face when he saw something like that! It would totally make his or her day! lol

sharon said...

I love how lush with detail it is Terri! I love it!

Otter Blue said...

Beautiful mail art. I just want to jump in and take a swim.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Oooooo and ahhhhhh what a simply GORGEOUS (in all caps!) envelope you have created :)

Janet Ghio said...

Your envelope is just great! I love those little clown fish!!

Nan said...

This combines everything I love that you do...the wonderful colors and all the details. The fact that it is sealife is just the best! I'm not sure it would make it through the mail...it might be hanging in a post offive somewhere!

Bill C. said...

I love ocean scenes. Your envelope is just beautiful!

Diana Evans said...

Oh my heavnes!!! I would never ever open this amazing envelope!!! this is a true treasure Terri!!! I love everything about this piece...you are amazing!!!

Sharon said...

This one is gorgeous. I love the colors and the theme. I just plain love it.

Sandy said...

Oh wow Terri this is spectacular.
Stunning mail art. So lovely design.

Hermine said...

Fantastic

Junibears said...

Gorgeous work. Full of lovely detail.xx

Toni said...

Teri... this is truly a work of art... how wonderful is this... :)

Rosie said...

Terri, it's superb! I love your attention to detail, the way you blend colours... oh and all your collages!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Wonderful to get some interesting and beautiful mail, Terri...this is excellent!! Hugs, Gayle.

Limar said...

A beautiful, beautiful envelope! :)

http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

Both of these are amazing.
Great artwork.

Mandy C said...

fantastic work Terri!

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, this is beautiful :-) I have never altered an envelope before but now I am seriously tempted to give it a go ....
Do you actually post this as it is? If I was the postie I might be tempted to pinch it!!!

WrightStuff said...

What a beauty! There's so much detail to drink in, in fact I'm positively swimming in it!! Gorgeous.

johanna said...

i would not dare to send it out, afraid it could be loved too much by a mail(wo)man... fantastic work!!

Ellen said...

gorgeous art so much to see. it's worth framing

ShabbyChicShaz said...

wow, if your envelope fell through my letter box it would make my year let alone my day, what a wonderful piece of mail art, very inspiring :)

Taluula said...

An utterly stunning piece of mail art Terri, AND the back of the envelope too. I can only imagine the postie's reaction to delivering this and the thrill of receiving one. Standing O from my corner my friend.

Coffee Messiah said...

Lots to see and worthy of the mail gods. Cheers!

Diane said...

Okay, Terri--you are awesome!!

Healing Woman said...

Terri, will you be selling these envelopes? I just love them. Wonder what a secretary who sits and opens bills all day would think if she got one of these! It would make her day, month and year! Wow!

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

I'd even welcome a bill if it came in this envelope!! This is just beautiful, Terri. I especially loved the little one sitting on the fish and the inclusion of the dictionary piece with ocean featured. Makes me want to go and watch Disney's-The Little Mermaid all over again for the umpteenth time. Xo, Sue

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Would I ever LOVE to receive this in the mail! Oooooh, gets the creative juices going. May have to play with some more mail art...

Janine said...

This is soooooooooooo beautiful.
I am absolutly amazed.
Hugs
Janine

José said...

I would be enchanted to receive an enveloppe like this! Great work Terri!

Jackie said...

This is absolutely fantastic, Terri. I t must have taken you ages. I love the composition and all the little details.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

WOWEE Terri, what an absolute delight that would be to see that in your mailbox! Fabulous in each and every detail ... can you tell I really like it :)
Stay Cool Jewel!
oxo

Shawn Caro said...

I really love your Mail Art. It makes want to go to the beach. Take care and keep on creating.

Lynn said...

Beauty, beauty, beautiful Terri, love the theme you chose for your altered envelope. I hope I have a serendipitous day too ;)

Janny said...

They are fabulous!

Creative Carmelina said...

Oh this is simply brilliant! I love what you've done here...and I really don't know why each and every envelope ever mailed out in the world isn't as colourful, interesting, and exquisite as this!

how much more fun would we all have! hehee....

ciao bella
creative carmelina

peppapig said...

Gorgeous envelope Terri!!and a gorgeous freebie too!!

Thankyou
Jayne :-)

Pan's daughter said...

Ooooooo, really, REALLY cool!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Isn't it fun when you can satisfy two challenges at once? I think I'm going to name you Colorful Details because your art is always full of fun surprises and many wonderful things to look at. I simply don't see it all the first time around and need that second time to study new discovered details. Wonderful example of mail art.

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Gorgeous!!! I love it!!! I want it ....I need to do an envelope swap - so many ideas, not enough time!

Christine said...

So lovely, and fun and full of life...

Ozstuff said...

Terri, your envelope is beyond superb. I can only imagine the reaction from some lucky recipient and with a front and back it is twice the value. Absolutely sensational in every way.

From Belgium with love said...

I'm new to this site and happenstanced on your works. Great surprise such wonderful works !