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SkillShare Class+Project Complete: The Art of the Envelope

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April Creative Challenge: Complete 5 Online Classes

As part of my April Creative Challenge, I completed Pen and Nib Calligraphy: The Art of the Envelope on SkillShare.

My Project

The class assignment was to address 20 envelopes. Not one for waste, I tried to think of a real use for my envelopes. I don’t have a need to mail 20 people right now (too bad I didn’t do this last year at this time!).  After thinking about this for probably too long, I decided to make enough envelopes to pay the rent each month for the rest of our lease. Usually I pay this online with bill pay. I kind of cheated on my assignment because I wrote the same address repeatedly, but I wasn’t getting graded. And I finally got to play with some of the leftover A2 envelopes from our wedding.

Materials Used

Note: French Chipboard Kraft envelopes are toothy because of the fiber used to make the pattern. The nib occasionally catches. I anticipated this after the first few and was eventually able to stop errors before they started. 

My Finished Envelopes

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

Here’s where I lost steam. I figured out that I am good for about ten envelopes before a break.

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

Notice an uncrossed “t” and a spelling error? I took a break after this one, finally.

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

I played with adding flourishes but they don’t work when I add them on later. You can tell the difference between the ones that happened organically and the ones that I planned out.

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

I tried writing one diagonally but didn’t like the outcome.

Vintage on Selby Address in freehand calligraphy with Nikko G Nib with Sumi Ink on French Paper Kraft Gray

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Love on ya, chimes

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