Day 25: Address an Envelope
Hey, this is Erik Marinovich, and this 28 to Make. Today we are making an envelope. Why an envelope? Who doesn't love receiving personalized mail in the mail? I'm tired of getting catalogs, and the thing that I always remember, and the things that I have kept in time is like, actual personal notes that have been sent to me by friends, by my wife, and one aspect of sending mail that kind of gets overlooked is the attention to detail that you can quickly invest on actually making a custom, hand-addressed envelope. This takes me a little bit while to do, but what you can do is maybe instead of picking a traditional size envelope, is next time you're at the stationary stores, look for something that's slightly larger, 'cause how cool would that be, like the juxtaposition of a really large envelope and then inside is this tiny little note? I think that's a surprise in itself, and it'll probably bring a smile to someone's day. I know it would me. What's nice about putting a ...
little extra effort into these is that a lot of the things that we make get thrown away, and for me, being a lettering artist, I find this is a great way to exercise drawing letters, and so rather than just drawing on tracing paper and throwing it away, it's nice to actually invest that time into making something for someone. So I found that envelope is something that you can do and just mail it out, and it's one less thing that you have in your studio space or in your apartment. If you do find a large envelope, it's a little bit overwhelming to have this much space to draw on. Sometimes it's really easy just to get a ruler and actually grid out some lines on there to help you figure out where you're gonna plot the address. Another thing I do is if you're really, really scared, you can just quickly put tracing paper over the area in which you're gonna draw the address on, quickly draw it out, and then once you feel comfortable with that, actually put pencil to paper, and last but not least, once you're done, go to the mail and send it off. This might be a little bit more expensive than sending a small one, but it's worth it. I'm sure you'll surprise the person, whoever it's being sent to. And again, whatever you do make, I know it's personal to share your person's address, but what would be great is if you can document it, and maybe share a part of the address that you really love. Either it's like the letter A, or the Dear or the Mister, some part of the actual address, maybe not the whole thing, and when you do, please hashtag 28 to Make. (upbeat music)