Inspired by ~ a handcrafted envelope

Efuto ~ e=picture,  futo=envelope

How nice would it be to find a colorful, hand crafted, envelope tucked in amongst all the other plain, old white bills? Very nice! I know I would be quite pleased.

julie hamilton, artistically afflicted, surface pattern design

Efuto’s are just that ~ colorful, artfully created, envelopes designed especially to send to one happy recipient.

julie hamilton, artistically afflicted, surface pattern design

I was recently introduced to this concept by a fellow creative, Gill Eggleston of Pattern Addict. She has thoughtfully put together a group of participants each partnered up with another member somewhere in the big wide world. We are to create an envelope for this person and mail it off.My efuto is heading off to France and I am to receive one from Germany.Something lovely to look forward to!

julie hamilton, artistically afflicted, surface pattern design

Her idea  gets even better as she is currently putting together a directory of surface pattern designers The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers with envelopes created by us.

Here is my entry.

julie hamilton, surface pattern design, artistically afflicted

I have had a peek at the work in progress and it is looking great. I will be sure to share it with you when it is finished.Until then you can follow its progress here.

This is not the first time I have sat down to paint envelopes. A few years ago our family took a half year off life and travelled through Europe.To keep my creative juices flowing and to mark the occasion I thought it would be nice to have a stack of mail, from all the places we visited along the way, to greet me on my return home. The kids filled each envelope with notes and goodies from the area. I now keep them pinned up on my inspiration board ~ they make me smile.

julie hamilton, artistically afflicted, surface pattern design

Would you like to receive a bit of color in your mailbox? If so, then please leave me a comment. I have a few extra lying around and if I draw your lucky name I will mail one your way. It will be a fun way to connect!

I have a feeling these wont be the last. I am finding them the perfect, go-to, for shorts bursts of creativity. My little fix!

And yes, those are little white snowflakes you see slowly falling down your screen. Its December and wordpress likes to add snowflakes. I tried once or twice to rub them off my screen until I remembered that ’tis the season.

Have a great weekend and please feel free to leave a comment saying hello!

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18 thoughts on “Inspired by ~ a handcrafted envelope

  1. Hi,
    I must admit I’ve never seen such beautiful envelopes before !!! These are very very beautiful, unique and amazing !!!

  2. This is such a wonderful idea especially right now to brighten up a gloomy winters day! I definitely need to get involved in this! I’ve already got an envelope out and start!! Your Europe envelopes are beautiful, that is probably one of the best ideas for travellers I’ve seen!

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