You’ve Got Letters
Today was a hot, hot day and my love affair with wood burning has been tempered. Standing in the sun in a swimsuit, dripping beads of sweat onto my picnic table, I finished up my wood burning. It was pretty awful, but I am behind. Today was polyurethane day one, so I needed to finish up the doodles.
Do you know what is worse than wood burning in the hot, hot sun? Polyurethaning in the hot, hot sun. I cannot believe that I have to apply another coat tomorrow. Polyurethane is vial and stinky and toxic. I generally avoid projects that require stinky and toxic processes. But soon wee-one will have her fantastic wee-table.
This evening I decided to take myself up on my challenge for the summer and I made a little project without running to the store. I used three sheets of 18 X 12 inch drawing paper, a sewing kit, a pair of scissors, school glue, and a red marker to make a little letter book.
I have been seeing lots of lettering books around on the tubes that make up the interweb. I have also read (and identified with) numerous blog posts about people hating their handwriting. So I decided to make a little booklet to write out different alphabets (a personal favorite doodle motif during my school days). As I was making the booklet (with a simple pamphlet stitch) I noticed the shadows on the bright white paper and was inspired to make a freehand pop-up alphabet.
I also added my backwards alphabet. Not only can I say the alphabet backwards (in Spanish too), I can write in perfect mirror writing. I turned in an english paper in entire mirror-writing once. Kind of snarky eh?
I plan to fill this book with pretty little alphabets!