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Tutorial: Vintage Themed Mail Art

Hello everyone! I’ve been asked many times if I have a you tube channel or blog for tutorials on my mail art and art journals. Sadly, I am not good at making videos… yet. I hope this tutorial will help those who want to start on mail art. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions by leaving a short comment below. Thanks! First, gather the materials that you will need. Envelope/s Scrap papers (best if they look vintage) Old book pages Washi tapes Glue and applicator (optional) Old/used plastic card Paper underliner (I use wax paper) 1. Start by choosing what type of envelope you want to use. For vintage themed, it is best to use Kraft ones as they look more vintage than plain whites. 2. Look for scraps of paper. Here, I chose brown colored and torn pages from a Trader Joe’s catalog, old book paper, floral gift wraps, cream print paper from my stash tray. 3. Choose washi tapes that will fit the theme. I used tapes …

Colors on my Traveler’s Notebook

Colors, I just love colors. And I loved how this page turned out because I didn’t have any idea where this was going when I started it. ​First, on my Traveler’s Notebook, I adhered a bubble painted paper for my background. To do the bubble painted paper: 1. Add warm water in a basin or in any wide mouth container. Add shampoo to water and make bubbles, a lot of bubbles. Add more shampoo if bubbles do not form easily. 2. Add drops of ink spray in different colors. Do not stir the bubbles after adding ink. 3. Place paper on top and just leave it there for a while until it is fully saturated with colored bubbles. Lift the paper when you’re content with the result and let dry.​ Next, I added an image using one of the photo transfer techniques that I love to use. 4. Cut an image you like from a magazine. 5. Adhere clear packing tape on it. Make sure that edges of the tape overlap each other. 6. Soak or spray …

Mail Box Art

Not so long ago, I turned one of my many empty letter set boxes (from letter sets, of course) into a mixed media mail art which I later sent to one of my few mail swap friends in Arizona. I filled it with everything that I have personally hand crafted from passport sized journal to doodled book pages to stickers to altered pencil (similar to this ) to a wrist mala and of course some coffee packets in different flavors. If you have these kinds of boxes… no, don’t throw them away. You can still make use of them like what I did to this letter set box. How I did it: Secure one side of the box with a tape and leaving the other side open where your recipient can open from. Using a gel medium, cover the box with collage paper, old book pages or any scraps that you have in your stash. Let it dry for a few hours before proceeding with the next step. Add on some colorful acrylic paints by …