Envelope Art

Get creative with your snail mail!


  • An envelope
  • A stamp
  • Drawing materials. You may want to use pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons, or a combination of tools. I recommend staying away from pencil, charcoal, or oil pastels, as these will likely smudge or fade while in the mail.
  • For may also want to experiment with collage and embellishment materials, such as magazine clippings, ribbon, buttons, stickers, or scraps of colored paper. If you opt for any of these, you will also need glue and scissors.


There are endless ways you can approach designing your envelope. For instance, you could draw a repeating pattern, a character, a scene, or try for a more abstract look. If you’re having trouble getting started, it’s helpful to find an embellishment or collage clipping that can inspire your design. I used a cutout of an airplane to inspire my cloudscape scene. 


Once you have a design idea, think about placement. Make sure you leave room for a stamp, a return address, and the recipient’s name and address. Don’t be afraid to incorporate these into the design, just make sure they are legible. If you want to test your design out, try lightly sketching it out in pencil first. 


Now it’s finally time to put pen and glue to paper!

Music Credit:

Music from https://freemusicarchive.org/, “Comedie” by Jahzzar, License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)