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Christmas Envelope Zentangles
by Jessica Rich, December 2010
All images copyright Jessica Rich 2010.  Use without prior written permission is strictly prohibited.

I had some leftover envelopes after I finished my holiday cards this year.  Not one to waste them, I stuck them in a drawer assuming I'd mail a bill payment or something equally boring in a few months.  I must say that it made me slightly nuts to think that these heavyweight envelopes would be thoughtlessly torn open by some person who'd tear open a hundred more like them that day without a second thought.  Ok, I'll admit that I'm a little weird about paper.  I decided that they needed a second life, and as such, thought that some holiday Zentangles on them would be an appropriately dignified use.

I don't think the Postal Service would think very highly of them if I tried to use them, but I'm sure that if you slipped them into a larger, more modestly adorned envelope, they'd make a welcomed change from the usual humdrum cards for an art enthusiast you know.  If the best gift is your time, I suspect they'd be thrilled to know you put such thought and effort into a one of a kind piece just for them.


Letters to Santa, Anyone?



A Quick Note for The City of Lights

After I made the first envelope to Santa, I realized that Zentangles can look overwhelming, so I scanned the envelope before I inked it in.  The pencil sketch before the ink shows that the base is really just layers at work.  When I finally ink, I started with the address letters, then Tangled the stamps and the Eiffel Tower, inked in the cancellation mark and finally filled in the background.




A Special Note for My Boy

Again, I started with the letters at the center, then I inked in the presents, Tangled the stocking and hat, added the feather border and filled in the background.



If someone on you Christmas list deserves a one of a kind piece of handmade art, here are the supplies you'll need:

Smooth Paper, in this case envelopes - If you're not sending a card, try some of our many kinds of paper suitable for Zentangle.
Micron Pigma Pens and/or Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens
Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencils
Sanford Magic Rub Eraser

If you're new to Zentangling and want some basic info, check out this Joggles tutorial:
Doodles & Zentangles

Additionally, there are some wonderful books that will help you get started, as well as add to your repertoire of Tangle designs:
Zentangle Basics
Zentangle 2: 25 More Tangles
Zentangle 3: With Rubber Stamps, 25 More Tangles
Totally Tangled: Zentangle & Beyond
AlphaTangle: A Truly Tangled Alphabet
Inspired by Zentangle: Fabric Arts, Quilting & Embroidery
Oodles of Doodles


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