Shredded money . . . foliage . . . some of you got really inventive with the materials you used to make your initial! I love looking at what you’re doing. And I’m having lots of “what a great idea” and “why didn’t I think of that” moments — haha! You all are inspiring!
I haven’t gotten my barbed wire initial made yet, but it snowed about 4 inches here, so my chances of finding a random piece of rusty barbed wire were covered up for now — but I still plan on doing it later.
I’m also making one out of fabric and cardboard, and I’m thinking one from buttons might be neat, but I haven’t decided just yet how I’m going to go about that.
But it’s time for this week’s challenge. I want you to:
This might sound really weird, but once you get started, I think you’ll find it’s kinda fun!
This is a good one to do while you’re in a waiting room, or while boring TV is on, or while listening to the radio. (I used to do this during staff meetings — it looked like I was busily taking notes!)
Here are some of the reasons I’ve chosen this assignment:
Just like the doodling you started off with, I want you to keep at it. Start a page, then add to it whenever you have a few spare minutes. Make several pages!
And keep what you’ve done, because we will most likely be using it in a later project down the road.
I did this one while listening to classic rock on the radio. I used a fine Sharpie Pen and a page from my sketchbook. I put a lined sheet of paper behind the sheet I was writing on, so I’d sort of have some straight lines to go by, but you can see it’s still a little crooked — this does not matter. Just write!
My handwriting has suffered greatly since the common daily use of computers has come along. Just as I still practice my shorthand skills regularly so I don’t forget them, I like to spend time just hand writing. My father (who is left-handed) has the most beautiful handwriting of anyone I’ve ever met — still, at the age of 81! My handwriting more closely resembles my mother’s and grandmother’s, even though they were neater than I am, but it’s probably because they didn’t ever use computers!
You can use whatever utensil you want to for this project, but I recommend using a pen or pencil that moves easily on the paper. If you have to fight with a pen that skips or drags, you’ll end up annoyed, and this is supposed to be fun!
So there you go — gather your pen and paper, and go start writing down random words you hear — I’m interested in seeing what you come up with.
If you want some inspiration to improve your handwriting, go check out this guy: Jake Weidmann. I’m so in love with his art, in every form!