Saturday, March 10, 2012

I Double Dog Dare You (to try hand lettering)

When I'm working on something scary (like my upholstered chair), I often have to dare myself to try. Not just dare myself, but double dog dare myself. Once I get started, I usually get in the zone and just go. It's making the first cut or taking the first step that is the trouble.

I thought I'd better make a reminder that sometimes the first step is getting the courage to try. I opened Hand Lettering to the Roman lettering page, grabbed graph paper, and got to sketching. I like to use blank 4x6 index cards as my canvas.

I drew out a 6x4 in. area and made judicious use of the eraser until I was happy with my sketch. (The book even suggests you trace their letters, which is not cheating!)

To make my transfer, I scribbled with a pencil on the back of the pattern and traced it to the card using my light board and a sharp pencil. I actually had to trace it out twice because I had a marker bleed on the first one. Having a graph paper master pattern allows you to make multiple copies of your own work.

Add color. (I bought that paint set when I was in junior high and had to ride the city bus to the mall.) I used a fine Sharpie to outline.

I framed my piece in a dollar store frame so I can display it wherever and whenever I'm working on something.

Here's one for you.

Do you have a project where you need to double dog dare yourself to get started?


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  1. Cute story! I love the lettering you did :) I guess I should take your dare too because I am terrible at writing.

  2. Very cute - I wanted to let you know that I featured your link up from last week:


    1. Wow! Thank you so much for your support. Love your site.

  3. thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday
    Hope to see you there again tomorrow

    Natasha xxx


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