Saturday, May 18, 2013

More Envelope Art

My first window envelope art, about a year ago.  Alcohol ink and markers

My first envelope doodles this year, markers and Pitt pens.

Envelope 2.  Jane LaFazio inspired flowers and a blue-bird drawings.  Pitt pen, markers, Gelly Roll pens.

Envelope 3.  My more usual doodled mandala flowers. Pitt pen, markers.

Close up from envelope 3.  I really like the wavy lines and curlies.

I signed up for 21 Secrets this year when it first opened.  I've only had a chance to do the first
assignment in Ro Bruhn's "Flower Power" workshop.  In her workshop we were asked to make
flower doodles on the inside of business envelopes.  This background was used in order to add
interest to our drawings with the envelope security patterns.

I think this series of envelope doodles is interesting in terms of my various styles.  The first
doodles seem blobby and overworked.  For the second envelope I was looking at some Jane
LaFazio flower drawings.  I like the second set better, but they look like Jane LaFazio's flowers,
not mine.  I drew the bluebirds from a Google image of bluebirds and ended up being pleased
with how the male bluebird turned out.  I think the female does not exactly have a bluebird shape
but I like her as a generic bird drawing.  So, after envelope 2 I was more relaxed,
happy, playful.  I returned to my usual mandala flower doodles and even tried a curly wavy line
around my final doodle.

I'm not sure what it all means but it is interesting that my doodles progress during my three attempts.
Makes me think about how useful it is to warm up, experiment, relax and play, and persist.  Also
love the up-cycling of business window envelopes.  Life gives you phone bills?  Answer the call to creativity.


  1. Beautiful envelopes. Now that's creative art...Judith, Texas

  2. I love hearing how you developed your work. I think you've definitely achieved your own style. Thanks for taking my class.

  3. Ro, I've only begun, that was just your first assignment. Looking forward to your next assignment. Your workshop is my first project with 21 Secrets--thanks for making it a good experience! Drawing flowers is my favorite thing so I gravitated to your workshop right away.