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Art Project: Letters and Words

Friday, 29 November 2013 08:55  by Jessica W.

Our handwriting, letters and words can say as much about our frame of mind as the pictures we draw. Using letters in art is both revealing and fun: it can create whimsical, beautiful artworks or express the deepest parts of our emotions. It is also a good way to tackle art if you find words comforting but pictures difficult. The exercise below is a fun and easy way to lose oneself in art. The words, images and colors chosen can say volumes about our mental health. When you are done, add it to your art journal to look back on.

For this exercise, you will need a white pen and white acrylic paint, paper and markers in the colors of your choice (fine-tipped black marker, calligraphy markers, etc.)

Pick a color palette that you love. You can find inspiration anywhere: your favorite colors, a beautiful dress, a home décor magazine, etc. Find markers and pens that match this color scheme. You can also prepare your paper in this color.

Begin by writing words. If you don’t know what to write, start with the alphabet. An easy way to start is with your own handwriting. Then branch out: elongate the letters, stack them on each other, overlap them and so on.

Let the rhythm of writing calm your mind and emotions. When you have created a lettered background that you are happy with, sketch an image that inspires you over the top: leaves in the wind, a woman and eggs are all examples.

When the image is done, continue writing. It is important not to overthink this; just let the words come through your hands. Quotes, lyrics, titles and book passages can all help get you out of a creative stump.

When you feel finished, add white lettering to highlight existing words. Finally, survey your work. How does it make you feel? What does it say about your emotional state?

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