From Leelee, with love: classic correspondence cards

Handwriting a note is an art that brings out the best in both those who create it and those who look at it.

I haven’t done much blogging, but I love to write notes. Somehow it is easier for me to get my words out when I’m writing to a dear friend rather than a blog post on the world wide web. So here, in this online journal, I picture myself writing to a friend, and feel comfortable knowing that I’m in good company.

For those who don’t know me: I’m Leelee, a graphic artist and surface designer living in Toronto, Canada. I am a creator of designs that can be applied to textiles, wallpaper, clothing, accessories, gifts, and stationery.

Esmerelda in Bumble Bee Notecard by Leelee Macdonell

Esmerelda in Bumble Bee

I like to make meaningful connections with people, and I adore stationery, so its an obvious choice for me to turn my first series of designs into notecards for handwritten correspondence.

I think correspondence cards, or notecards, are a refreshing way to convey short, yet meaningful messages. They don’t require the commitment of a letter and have the same, if not more of, an impact (as they don’t take long to read).

A handwritten note looks beautiful no matter how bad your handwriting is and it is profoundly personal. Putting ink on paper will forever be the classiest way to express the thoughts that really matter on the occasions that really count.

Part of the Classic Elements Collection of Notecards by Leelee Macdonell

Above: Ophelia in Lemon Seafoam; Below: Sully in Vintage Plum

Classic Notecards

A few years ago, I was doodling with aquarelles on Yupo and ended up drawing several elements that were “classic Leelee” — lots of swirls, loops, and curls. Six of these elements caught my eye, and I manipulated them to create motifs for repeating patterns. The resulting designs are a modern and abstract variety of decorative repeats, some with accidental Arabesque influences and others reminiscent of African symbology.

Cadence in Nebula Personalised Notecard by Leelee Macdonell

Cadence in Nebula


Let me know what you think in the comments.

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  1. Deborah on 22 Feb, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Leelee I love the Esmeralda in bumblebee
    and your thoughtful exotic names for each style and colour.

  2. Leelee on 22 Feb, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks, Deborah! It’s one of my favourites too… I have so many! 🙂

  3. Katrin on 22 Feb, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    These are simply a feast for the eyes. They are fresh and inspiring. I love them too.

  4. Leelee on 22 Feb, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks, Katrin!

  5. Shauna Heron on 26 Feb, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Ohhh! This is gorgeous stuff!! I think I need a wallpaper version of these cards!! 🙂

  6. Leelee on 26 Feb, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Thanks, Shauna! I would love to turn some of my designs into wallpaper! 🙂

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