For at least a couple of years now, we have been decorating the envelopes we use to send out our newsletters. Nan thought it was definitely time we shared them with our members! as usually she collects them from individuals and I get to see them when I do the mailing. Each a piece of artwork, we thought they should be shared (yes, I 'erased' parts of addresses...)
Wouldn't you like to see any one of those arrive in your mailbox?!
After the business portion of our meeting and lunch break, it was on to the program. Lucky our morning went quickly, giving us a bit of extra time to play / work. We were writing with bleach. Yes, straight chlorine bleach. Good thing we had a great day as we were able to throw the windows open to get lots of fresh air circulating inside the classroom.
Different papers react differently and you can't really predict what any one piece is going to do. We were given some Strathmore Art Paper and samples of different card stocks as well as whatever we had brought from our own studios. Randomly, some of the best results came on some of the least expensive paper! Perhaps the more expensive the paper, the better the dye job! Some papers worked much better than others and some didn't change colour at all!
I had some ruled gel pen paper, some black cards, a black envelope and some black post-it notes. They all worked super well! sure wish I knew where I had gotten the cards from. We had all manner of tools to write with, brass pens, regular broad edge nibs, chop sticks sanded down to make a pen, our "Dear John" pens (dowel with a slit cut in one end to take a doll house roof shingle, voila! a pen), bamboo cut to a broad edge, pieces of matte board and several other "tools" to try. Some worked better than others but we just had to try everything.
Here are our fearless leaders.........