The mail art continues! Since March, I've been sending out mail art with my doodles and illustrations on the front. Since I draw so many little owls, I figured I will share my original illustrations by sending them out into the universe along with personalized letters!
At times, I only have a small pad of paper in my purse and a few minutes to sketch, so I quickly draw the owl. Later on, I get back to it, tracing it with a black pen, preferably a Sakura Micron. Then, I take a tiny brush and wet it and use the tips of my watercolor pencils to add color. Because of the tiny size, minimum water and color is used. Despite how small these illustrations are, it's quite fulfilling seeing the end result.
Made from scrapbook paper doodled with a teal Sharpie, washi tape, and plant sticker.
Made from a magazine ad, doodled with a black Sharpie.
Above, I used a white Gelly Roll medium pen to trace around the owls to make them stand out. Since it was on glossy magazine paper, I had to go over it a few times to get a layer of white that I was happy with.
Made from scrapbook paper.
The above envelope was made from a piece of scrapbook paper that was originally a faded out yellow color. I used some inexpensive Crayola watercolors to make the blue background, since my son was right next to me playing with them. :) The dark blue swirls on the bottom left are also Crayola watercolor. I cut out the owl with my tiny surgical scissors I bought on eBay years ago. Next, I added some collage elements: lanterns, garden globes, and snow cone, all taken from a Bed Bath & Beyond summer sale catalog. I used white acrylic paint and a tiny brush to add the dots and the white liner around the owl. Then, I added the stamp and washi tape and used Sharpie to write on the washi tape.