THAT means weekends are for play…right? I recently came across this fun little alphabet and while its not calligraphy it’s a fun technique. I can’t give credit to the author cause horror of horrors…I tore it out of one of my CARD MAKER magazine WITHOUT realizing that if they gave credit to the author it wasn’t on the page I tore out…:-(…but I am going to share it with you and also my version. And I should say I am not totally certain that it came from CARD MAKER magazine but that’s the only one I suscribe to so I am just assuming that is where I got it.
So the first thing I did was to create templates to use for the boxes..and I didn’t stop with just squares … I did circles and some funky rectangles mostly because I have a discontinued punch from STAMPIN UP that punches out funky rectangles…lol…and so I used manila card stock or old file folders to make the templates below..
Then I played with the letters and decided that it would be more fun if they were not so regular so some are capitals and some not…then too I wanted to use different shapes to contain the water…and I also didn’t want the letters to be wiggly on the underwater part…I didn’t think it showed enough to be worth the effort to remember to do it on each letter… I told you I was lazy…lol….so here is my version…
Now I know in the past I have said that the letters need to match each other but this alphabet is different in that each letter is contained in a box, circle etc of water so they letters don’t have to be the same but if you are writing more that just one word each “a” should look the same and the same for each of the letters that repeat especially if in the same word…but even in different words… does that make sense? I did like that the water lines ran outside the boxes and at different levels or at least mine are at different levels..but the water should probably be the same color for all boxes on a given card… but you know what there are NO RULES for this so try it if you like use it.
Here are some of my samples….
I used a die for the octopus and of course he needed goggly eyes and then the fish are tiny brads…the wavy water is from a paper cutter that I can’t find any longer so don’t think its out there any more but you can just cut wavy lines with scissors..I use this saying a lot and with lots of different fish etc.
I didn’t do it but a fun way to add the splash effect would be to mix some water color up and then just get the brush loaded and hold it over the card and tap it… it will make droplets now WAIT till your letter boxes are dry.
Last TIP:… You need to write the boxes and the letters with WATERPROOF pen… I am using my ZIG WRITER…little end for the boxes and the fat end for the letters depending on the size of your containers you may need to use and even finer pen… like a Pigma Micron or some sort of tech pen..Like the Pilot G2.38 for a very fine letter..
I did just what I said …. I did I took my waterbrush and filled it with paint then held it over the card and gently tapped it and it made the droplets on the card…
For my watercolor I used may absolutely favorite TWINKLING H2O’S.. I love the little bit of sparkle that shows and I love how easy they are to work with.. also there are lots of colors and they tend to be bold and vibrant ..which I also love.
Ok guys that’s it for this week… go make some letters sink or swim…lol
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY... wire headed cyber toad…aka kath
Well you know me I am never finished…lol.. I found this really cool site just to show you some very intricate EYE CANDY.
Oops…here it is..