I've been brush lettering with Tombow Dual Brush Pens for a few months now, so I was excited to try a different style of lettering.
I didn't know who I wanted to address the envelope to, so I went with something festive for the holiday season.
I went to my local art store (Art Supply Warehouse in Orange County, CA) to pick up some supplies. It was hard to choose, but I settled on the most affordable and opaque markers I could find: Bistro Chalk Markers in blush pink, white, and light green.
I also picked up a pack of envelopes at a dollar store, which ended up being a mistake. :(
Since I had several envelopes as backup, I started my lettering layout on the envelope right away. I figured it would be a good way to get used to my new markers.
Unfortunately, the cheap dollar store envelopes warped and deteriorated with just a light layer of the liquid chalk. Shavings of the paper would get caught in the markers, so I couldn't layer as much ink as I would've liked.
I salvaged what I could and switched over to using my trusty Tombow marker to finish the address portion.
You can see the rough surfaces in the pink and green areas below:
I do want to experiment with opaque markers more, so I may pick up a better quality envelope and try again. I would also love to purchase a set of paint pens for more color options. (Maybe the Posca pens I keep hearing about?)
What I liked about my project:
I LOVE the pastel colors I chose--a slight twist to the traditional red and green.
The shadow on "North Pole"
What I would change for next time:
Space out "Santa Claus" more evenly--that section needs a lot of work.
More variation in the address.
Try higher quality envelopes that can withstand the markers.
Make the whole thing BIGGER. Too much white space!
Thanks for the awesome class, Erik! I love your bold style of lettering!