InCoWriMo 2017

InCoWriMo - The Aftermath

February has been and gone which means InCoWriMo has come to an end. This has been my first year taking part and it has been enjoyable spending time sending letters, cards and postcards to people.

A note and a small gift

A note and a small gift

I didn't complete the task of sending one letter per day. I managed to send 20 pieces of correspondence this month. There were days I just couldn’t find the time and other days where I wrote multiple letters. I may have not fulfilled the InCoWriMo challenge but by participating I have written 20 letters more than a usual month. Today I will share some highlights and learnings with you from my first InCoWriMo experience.

The planning process

I didn’t really have a plan. I had a small list of people I wanted to send letters to, I checked February birthdays and included them in the challenge. I kept track of who I had sent something too in my Hobonichi Techo using the monthly calendar. I also included the type of correspondence I had sent. This worked really well for me because it was easy to keep on top of and easy to reference.

My InCoWriMo tracking tool

My InCoWriMo tracking tool

What I sent

To add to the fun I decided to make my own cards during this month. I spent a little bit of time thinking about different designs and then sketched them out in a notebook before drawing anything up on the card stock.

Doodles in my notebook

Doodles in my notebook

I referenced Pinterest a lot looking at how to guides and images that I could copy. I actually really enjoyed doing this. I got to play with lots of my stationery and it was a simple creative outlet. Some of my drawings and designs are questionable but others came out better than I expected.

I was pleased with some of my card efforts

I was pleased with some of my card efforts

I got to play with watercolours and drawing pens

I got to play with watercolours and drawing pens

InCoWriMo was also the perfect opportunity for me to practice brush lettering. The recipients names were lettered on envelopes using the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen as this is waterproof and can survive the elements. In most cases I decorated the envelopes with stamps or washi to jazz them up.

Washi tape made the envelopes look that little bit nicer than normal

Washi tape made the envelopes look that little bit nicer than normal

Receiving letters

I received a few letters myself this year. Not too many but it's really nice to get post that isn't a bill or that I wasn’t expecting. I enjoy the surprise and reading something that someone's actually spent time writing, no matter how short therefore I hoped my letters did the same for other people.

I will definitely take part in InCoWriMo again next year, but I won’t just wait until February, I plan on writing letters and creating more cards soon. I've had a lot of fun and I've found another way to use and enjoy my stationery supplies.

InCoWriMo Toolkit

A selection of the tools I am using for InCoWriMo

A selection of the tools I am using for InCoWriMo

This year I am taking part in InCoWriMo and so far it’s going pretty well. It's my first year participating and as I am a stationery addict I was pretty excited to have another reason to use all my goodies. I don't normally write many letters and very quickly found that I was missing a few things. I quickly fixed that and I wanted to share what tools I have and will continue to use for my correspondence.

I bought some writing paper from First for Paper, a site recommended by Priya from The London Parchment. I opted for the Light Grey writing paper in A6 (this was a mistake I meant to get the A5 size) and an A6 card stock. To go with these I bought golden yellow and wedgewood blue envelopes. These colours are so pretty and look great in person. The paper has worked well with fountain pen ink and some light watercolour washes. I would definitely buy more paper from this company again.

Close up of the gorgeous envelopes from First for Paper

Close up of the gorgeous envelopes from First for Paper

Most of my cards and letters are being written with a fountain pen. To address envelopes I am using the Pitt Artist Pen with a B nib to brush letter the recipients name. Then to complete the address I am using a fountain pen with Noodlers Black as this is a waterproof ink. I don't want to risk using another ink colour in case the rain washes away the address on the envelope.

I am sending a mixture of cards, letters and postcards for my correspondence. I am making most of the cards myself. I like the idea of this as I can be a little playful and creative with the designs and I think it adds to the fun of InCoWriMo.

At the end of the month I will share with you the letters and cards I created and update you on how many I managed to send through the month.