One of my favorite materials for writing is a vellum. Transparent sheets give a lightness to the letter view. I use the vellum in snail mail decorations quite often. I make flipbook’s pockets, envelopes, use vellum for packing and even for writing letters on it.
There was an article about choosing vellum for letters, and now I’m going to give you another one idea for using vellum and the way to decorate it.
The trick works on the transparency of vellum. Obviously, that the text of the letter we can write only on one side, but this does not mean that we can not use the reverse side for the decor.
And if the use of stickers and decorative tapes here is meaningless, the drawings and transfer tattoos are very suitable. The transparency of the vellum will allow us to see the image, but it will not hide the text, it wouldn’t interfere reading.
As an example, you see my work. I performed it live on my instagram.
For the drawing I took white (tempera), you can use acrylic or gouache. The white drawing under the text does not prevent reading, but enhances the visibility of the text, you can easily draw leaves, flowers or frosty patterns. In my case, these are branches, I repeated the idea of the envelope.
The important point is when working with a tracing paper, you shouldn’t make a pencil sketch, the paint will hide the pencil from the side of the drawing, but it will be visible where the text is. The second tip is to work with a practically dry brush. The vellum is not intended for painting and a large amount of water can spoil the shape of the sheet (and can damage the text). You can add other colors, but do not get carried away with too active painting, the drawing should remain in the background, to read the letter easy.
Some more adeas for backgroung: to make a pencil drawing, to use color pencils, above I mentioned transfer pictures. Or maybe you have your own ideas on this topic? Share ideas in your instagram with a link to me and I will tell about them in my profile, the most interesting will be on the site.
Have questions? - write to me, I will help!