blueprint mail art

There are many ideas of what blueprint mail art is, and my take on it is creating a piece of artwork with the theme of old ships, postage/mail and vintage.

This was so much fun as I got to play with a bunch of different things such as working with blueprint styled paper, an old world postal stamp stencil, transparent acrylics, chalk paint and metallic waxes.

Blueprint Mail Art

Background Type:

  • Anything that will accept acrylic paint that is sturdy.


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Transparent Red Iron Oxide – DMFA41
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide – DMFA42

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish

  • Everlasting – ADC01

DecoArt Metallic Lustre (wax metallics)

  • Copper Kettle – MLC01C

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20
  • DecoArt Media Black Modeling Paste – DMM22


  • DecoArt Americana Decor, Postcard from Paris – ADS13

Collage Material

  • DecoArt Americana Decou-Page Paper, Ship to Shore – DP06


  • DecoArt Application and Texture Tools – DAS221



Royal Aqualon

  • 1/2″ & 3/4″ Glaze Wash – R2700
  • #8 Shader – R2150

Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

Royal Clear Choice

  • 3/16″ (green handle) White Bristle – 1111
  • 5/8″ (orange handle) Short Length White Bristle – 1112

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun
  • Palette Knife
  • Rubbing Alcohol


What did you think?

Have you ever worked with blueprint paper before? if the nautical theme isn’t your thing, what type of blueprint paper would be your choice?  Share in the comments below.