Patterns of Friendship

The different patterns on this envelope remind me of friendship. No two people are alike. We each have our own patterns and certain people/patterns compliment each other more than others.

This weekend, I made this piece of mail art as I was writing a note to my cousin. We recently started becoming pen pals even though we see each other every 2 weeks. I have been a part of her family, through marriage, for almost 12 years now but I never really got to know her. An hour or two at family gatherings once a year didn’t leave much time for in depth conversation. Besides, most of that time was spent reigning in our children, talking about mommy exhaustion and our ever expanding post-postpartum waist lines. Finding a friendship that was right under my nose all these years was so refreshing. And  since we are family, she can’t get rid of me anytime soon (evil laugh). Sometimes, these are the friendships that last a lifetime. In my case, I hope so.

Do you have any friendships that were discovered long after you met that person?

Creating The Mail Art

I started with a plain white business envelope and spread some Fresco Finish Green Patina paint. I added a few pieces of washi tape. Using the StencilGirl Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen I stenciled with Black Soot Distress Ink all over the background. I spritzed a few areas with water to run the ink and then dried it. Using the Black Soot Distress ink again and the StencilGirl Art Deco Borders, I stenciled right in the middle of the envelope and then applied yellow embossing powder while the ink was still wet. Don’t you just love the bold yellow?!

To spruce it up a bit I added some other paint colors, sprays and white dots. And of course Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. I just love these two guys!

Happy Tea Day! I am playing along with Elizabeth today.


Challenges Entered:

A Bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes

A Inky Mess: Anything Mixed Media

Frilly and Funkie: Trick or Treat (Treat- a letter hidden inside)

Altered Eclectics: Mixed Media