Draw Your Words: Doodle Letters Two

Sakura Glaze pens.

Sakura Glaze pens.

In this section, we're going to draw strange letters that remind me of characters from Dr. Seuss books. Let your imagination, and your inner child run wild, creating letters that look like amusement park rides, donuts, ribbons, park swings, rocks, earrings, beaded crowns or quilts. I'm working on the letter A. The beginning of the alphabet and the start of words like AQUAMARINE and ASTEROID. And memories like the "A you're adorable, B you're so beautiful, C you're a cutie full of charm..." A tune that I sang to my daughters when they were babies. 

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Your challenge is to draw one letter of the alphabet in outline fashion, each version with a different twist. Then draw patterns inside each letter, each different too!

You can draw the patterns in black or draw them with your colored markers. Consider stripes, plaid, bubbles, curves, diamonds, chevrons, flowers, leaves, dots, rainbows, feathery lines, faux stitching. 

The pens

You can draw letters with a black marker and something to color in letters - try PITT brush nib markers, Sakura Gelly Rolls, colored pencils, watercolor or gouache paint. You could also create funky black & white doodle letters.

To draw the doodle letters: black water-based Sharpie Poster Paint marker.
To colorize the doodles: Sakura Glaze Pens. Deliciously translucent and bright with a slightly raised smooth texture.

Forget the rules of penmanship, the angle you are supposed to write letters, the idea that your letters must be uniform or even legible!

If you dare, pick one of the letters that you like - think of a short word - and design the rest of the letters in the same style.

And remember that we are all learning. Please don't be critical of your efforts. It is work! But it's also play. You cannot improve without practice. So try to find 15-20 minutes each day this week to play with your letters.

Creative insight...

At Poets & Writers, author Cynan Jones notes, “Writing things down can be dangerous. If I sit at the desk without a clear idea of what I want to say, I can get into all sorts of trouble. I love the physical act of writing, like a kid who's just learned to whistle loves whistling, and before I know it, I can generate pages of prose. Hours (days) can be wasted on a story that ends up trying to beat a path through an increasingly thick jungle of possibilities, dead ends, and pitfalls. I've learned it's better to stalk the story down in my head first. Over a period of months, often longer, I try to build the story block by block until it feels right. Then I write it down as if I'm remembering it. That process is quick and intense. It's about getting the story onto the page as clearly and strongly as I can. The balancing and testing of that initial writing happens afterwards, and I try to trust the instinct that made me put the words down in the first place. The process as a whole takes a long time, even if the actual 'writing down' itself doesn't. I've learned to have patience with the process, and to be patient when the writing is only happening in my head.”