Summer Envelope Art using Irojiten Colored Pencils

Hey Tombow friends, it’s Katie here to show you how to create fun Summer Envelope Art using Tombows Irojiten Colored Pencils! There’s something magical about receiving cards in the mail, especially in today’s digital era where happy mail from a friend feels extra special! This summer, I’m excited to send out more letters, beginning with adding some artistic flair to the envelopes!

Summer Envelope Art using Irojiten Colored Pencils on the @tombowusa blog swatch out your irojiten colored pencils on kraft paper


supplies you'll need: irojiten colored pencils, kraft paper envelopes, mono drawing pencils, and the eraser variety pack

I always love to start by swatching out my colored pencils (especially if I’m using a colored paper) just to see how each color looks! The irojitens are so beautiful on kraft paper.

For these envelopes I’m using Volume 1 Pale Tone 1 & Volume 2 Vivid Tone 1 from the Irojiten Colored Pencils Rainforest Dictionary

swatch out your Irojiten Colored Pencils on Kraft Paper

Envelope #1: Create a pattern

This is such an easy way to add a bit of fun to an envelope without taking too much time. To create this jellyfish pattern: start by writing the address with a Fudenosuke Brush Pen, and then use the Irojiten Colored Pencils to draw jellyfish all around it. Don’t worry about making them perfect, just give them fun squiggly tentacles!

Envelope #1: Create a pattern Envelope #1: Create a pattern

Envelope #2: Add waves to the bottom half!

Focus on just the bottom half of the envelope but adding some bright ocean waves to it. I recommend sketching them out first in pencil, and then filling in the lines with different shades of blue colored pencil.

Envelope #2: Add waves to the bottom half! Envelope #2: Add waves to the bottom half!

Envelope #3: Draw in ink first!

If you love black outlines as much as I do, try sketching/doodling in ink first using a MONO Drawing Pen, and then going back in to fill in the lines with the colored pencils!

For sketching the small details of the mermaid, I’m using the 005 size tip MONO Drawing Pen!

Envelope #3: Draw in ink first using @tombowusa MONO Drawing Pens Summer Envelope Art featuring a cute mermaid and addressed with a @tombowusa Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Envelope #4: Go vertical!  Bonus idea: Make it a landscape!

There are no rules that say you have to address an envelope horizontally, so why not turn that envelope 90 degrees!

For a creative summer envelope idea, sketch out a beach scene, making sure to leave a big area to fill in the address, such as the the big blue ocean on my envelope below.

Vertical envelope featuring a landscape drawn with @tombowusa Irojiten Colored Pencils Try drawing a landscape on your envelope, leaving a space large enough for your address Drawing clouds on the landscape envelope using an @tombowusa Irojiten Colored Pencil

One last fun idea:

Match your envelope art to your stamps! I have these cute manatee stamps and tried to match the blues of my wave envelope to the stamps!

DIY Summer Envelope Art using @tombowusa Irojiten Colored Pencils Cute Summer Envelope Art: mermaid, jellyfish, a landscape, and waves


I hope you enjoyed these ideas! If you create your own envelope art using Tombow products, make sure to tag @tombowusa and @studio.katie on instagram so that we can see, we love connecting with you!


If you’re looking for more Happy Mail projects, check out these from the blog archive:

5 Ways to Letter Happy Mail Addresses

DIY Envelope Scrapbook You Can Mail

Simple Envelope Liner Tutorial

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