August 31, 2010

Altered Envelope

Envelope Front

Envelope Back

This piece of mail art was created for my art group's "flower themed" altered art envelope challenge. This month's entry had to have at least one flower on the front and one on the back of the piece.

I'm also very pleased to submit this envelope for The Three Muses nature-themed challenge this week.

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My Techniques

To make the pretty sherbet-colored background, I blended and brushed my Neocolor crayons with gesso. I also added packing tape transfers, acrylic paint, markers, stamps and a few die cut roses (from S&K Co.). The pastel bird was created from a scrap of hand painted paper that I had on hand from another project. To make the fish scale pattern, I used a piece of plastic netting from a produce box as a stencil. A hand doodled label (from S&K Co.) was attached to the front of the envelope with gel medium, and my handmade "Love" label was attached to the back.

May your day be filled with love!

43 comments:

Ozstuff said...

Terri, your envelope is perfect for this week's theme at the Muses. It is a stunning piece of art in its lusciousness and pinkness!! Absolutely superb and delightful.

indybev said...

This is lush and rich, and so beautiful, Terri. The recipient will be delighted, I'm sure! Thanks for sharing with us!

Lori Saul said...

Wouldn't it be amazing if all envelopes were embellished like this- the post office would be back in business. Gorgeous work Terri!

LynnF said...

Stunning, Terri! Thanks for explaining all the work that went into the creation of your envelope. It's a treat to be sure! LynnF

Rebecca Anthony said...

I really enjoy hearing the steps you took while making such a lovely envelope. I love the whole idea of mail art, beautiful work Terri!!

sharon said...

It's perfectly pretty and lovely! Love the colors ....so vibrant!

Lynn said...

It is very very lover ly!

Janet Ghio said...

Love the soft colors on this envelope!!

Diana Evans said...

I want one of those !!!! this is so pretty!!! I would never be able to open it!!! I would have to steam it open and then frame it!!!

Hugs
Diana

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This envelope is so colorful and and so well done. I am not sure which side I like more. And of course, I love the netting you used as a stencil. It's always fun to see the results of using something recycled in a project.

I should caution you, that if you send this through the mail, you should allow a couple of extra days for the postal people to pass it around and admire it!

Yvonne said...

Your envelope is gorgeous, Terri!

Gaby Bee said...

What an amazing envelope. Love the soft color combo. Simply perfect!

katrin said...

what a color burst - and what a great altered envelope!!!

Elegia said...

This is very sweet and I love the colors.

missy k said...

What a gorgeous thing to have drop through your letter box. So pretty!

Diane said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I would love to receive just this empty envelope in the mail!

Junibears said...

What a wonderful envelope. Makes me happy to look at it. xx

Deborah said...

What a beautiful envelope! Sure to brighten the postie's day :-)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wonderful envelopes, lovely soft colours.

Healing Woman said...

If you actually send this fabulous letter, you will make a postman's day. Thanks for telling of the technique you used. You have made me want to make a bunch of them. Actually I used to make them but cut out magazine pictures and glued them all around the envelope. I like the color in yours much better!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

any/every mailbox would be SO very lucky to have your altered envelopes arrive in them Terri!

so interesting to read all that goes into your magical creations, thank you for always sharing

this is a real stunner!
oxo

Lynn said...

Beauuuuuutiful...... love the sherbet colors Terri, and I enjoyed reading the process of putting this wonderful envelope together and making it a piece of art :)
You da best !!!!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Fabulous Terri! Thanks for sharing the technique too....

Kerri said...

so pretty- i want mail like that in my mailbox! :)

Taluula said...

Just think of the number of people who will have their day brightened by seeing this wonderful piece of scrumptiousness! All those who see it on your blog and here at the Muses, to the person who stamps it at the Post Office, to the postal workers who sort the mail, to the mailman and finally to your very lucky recipient. I'm with Lori, wouldn't it be amazing if all envelopes were embellished like this! Standing Ovation from me Terri.

Marit said...

Just a short visit - busy, busy, busy - working, working, writing articles, writing articles... I'm looking cross eyed from tiredness (is that a word? ) but got them wide open again seeing your beautiful envelope! Lovely!

Grannie Annie said...

Terri, your envelope is lovely. I'm new and I have to ask...do you actually mail them? What a lucky person to receive such a wonderful letter.

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Terri I love your envie and I am so glad you joined the swap still in the nick of time. Thanks also for sharing your technique. I presume this was Neocolor II, the water soluable ones?

Dorthe said...

What a great day it would be,to recieve such a beautifull envelope, ouer dayes would be filled with joy, and beauty, if .........
such a happy piece, Terri.
xo Dorthe

Rosie said...

Terri, would that all envelopes could look like this! =)

Netty said...

This is gorgeous Terri, how fabulous to be able to create work like this. Just brilliant. Annette x

WrightStuff said...

Ooh thanks so much for sharing how you created this treasure - you have inspired me now... mixing gesso and neocolour sounds wonderful!

Bill C. said...

A very lovely interpretation for back to nature. The altered envelope is so beautiful!

lori vliegen said...

your envelope is gorgeous in all its pink splendor!!! you were sweet to share your process with us.....and i enjoyed watching the video from roc! thanks for stopping by my blog! :))

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Oh your envelopes are my most favorite! Did you see Seth's post for a Mail Art book giveaway?
You should submit these for pub. somewhere!! They are so beautifully Terri!

Sharon said...

OMG! Terri this is fantastic. I love it. You are such a creative soul. It would make anyone smile to receive it.

Jackie said...

A beautiful envelope, Terri. It will make the day for whoever's letterbox it drops through

Amy said...

soooo beeee U tiful!!!! Very fabulous...it's to be cherished all on its own. I love the diff. technique's..I only wish I knew how to be so talented with technique's...LUCKy...I love it

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Hi Terri! Another beautiful creation - I love the yummy pinks and delicate line details! It's gorgeous!

I'm off to see what I've been missing with you lately, dear lady! Thank you for your sweet words.

Faye said...

Amazing envelope with such gorgeous colors, Terri.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This is gorgeous Terri! Great artwork.

thekathrynwheel said...

Brilliant! This is absolutely gorgeous :-)

LiveArt said...

Sooo romantic and beautiful!! Sweet like candy this one!! Wonderful work my friend :)

Hugs,
Linda