DIY Envelope Cards and Jason McLean

Hello everyone! It’s been two weeks, but I have a lot to share with you today!

When I visited Museum London a couple of weeks ago, besides seeing Colette Urban’s exhibition, I also had the chance to see a collaborative art exhibition called “L.O. Today”. This exhibition features a group of artists including Marc Bell, James Kirkpatrick, Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean, Jamie Q, Peter Thompson and Billy Bert Young. Most of these artists grew up locally here in London and I have even had the chance of meeting Jamie Q and hear her talk about her own work and her experience with zines. The name of the exhibition stands for “Hello Today” which emphasizes the optimistic energy in this particular show. The art that is displayed ranges from posters, printmaking, sculpture and drawing. This particular exhibition will be running until December 15, 2013 if you’re interested in visiting!

Here are some pictures from the exhibition:

After visiting the exhibition, I did some further research on one of the seven artists, Jason McLean. The first time I encountered his artwork was when I visited his exhibition “if you could read my mind” last year, at the McIntosh Gallery that is located on campus at Western. Since then, I have been fascinated by the dialogue he creates in his art and the concepts he aims to question. McLean’s work is stylistic in his use of graphic lines and figures used to convey real emotions through the use of humour. I was really impacted by his work in the exhibition last year because of the way it seemed like the viewer truly was taking a peek into his mind. His drawings are like visual mind maps that jump from one space to another. His work ranges from  simplistic doodles to chaotic masterpieces, but they all have a similar effect on the viewer; They give the viewer the ability to see a person’s inner thoughts. He uses colour and shapes to create movement throughout the page and leads the viewer’s eye in many different directions. I love the way he uses text because it emphasizes the randomness of thoughts that go through everyone’s mind. It makes me wonder about the way people present themselves in outer appearance and how much we filter out what we are really thinking. This is one of McLean’s artworks from the exhibition I went to last year:


Artwork from “if you could read my mind”

My favourite part of the work is where it says, “This is a stone falling from the sky maybe actually a large rock it will hurt me for a little more but I’ll get better.” The way the text is written as a run-on sentence is an accurate depiction of the way our thoughts are in a constant flow.

This week I will show you how to create this gift card:gift-card-diy-envelope

I was inspired by McLean’s doodles and decided to create my own, which is what I will be using to create the little envelopes – but by all means, you can use your own drawings, patterned paper or even images from the Web to personalize your envelopes.

Here are the materials you will need for this DIY:


TIP: I have made a template that you can print out to make your envelopes!envelope-template-cut-out

Step 1: Fold your cardstock in half. This will be your card. step-1

Step 2: Cut out your envelope template and then carefully use the template to trace the same shape onto your other images/paper. Cut out your envelope shapes by following your pencil guideline. step-2

Step 3: Fold each envelope according to the dotted line. step-3

Step 4: Use your gluestick to create your final envelope shape. The best way to do this is in two mini steps. First, fold in sides 2 and 4 of the envelope. Next, only put glue on side 3 and glue this side down onto the other two sides. step-4

Step 5: Glue your envelopes onto the cardstock. At this point, I felt like my card was a bit too long so I cut it down in length. It’s completely up to you if you would like to do this or not. step-5

OPTIONAL: Write a short phrase to describe the intention of your card.


That’s all there is to it! Hope you had fun doing this DIY. Comment below and show me how yours turned out!

Also, as I was browsing other DIY blogs, I came across this awesome tutorial on how to make snow globe necklaces. Since Christmas is coming up kinda soon, I thought I’d share this with you: http://tatertotsandjello.com/2013/11/diy-snow-globe-necklace.html

Have a great weekend!


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