Hand Lettering the World | Being Art'ruistic

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In an attempt to get better at drawing, I have started hand lettering recently. I'm not exactly good at it but it takes me back to the time I would sit doodling in my notebook at the back of the class and try writing every single heading in a different style based on how I felt at the time. Or, as I would say in my most pretentious voice then, "the way the topic speaks to me". [pouting and throwing my hair back]

It took me ages to do my notes but I loved it!

Recently, I sewed handkerchiefs for two little kids from loads of fabric laying about. I simply went at them with a sewing machine and embroidered their initials on each of them since the brother-sister duo sure get into a lot of fights over every little thing. (Of course!)

It looks like I didn't take a decent picture of the monogrammed handkerchiefs but you can still make out the embroidery in that picture.

It took me longer to draw the boxes the hankies were going to go into -- which again I made -- because I was just in a very DIY mood.

I personally don't believe in the color assignations that blue is for boys and pink is for girls. It frustrates me to no end when everything sold around you also follows that unconscionable dictate, the origins of which are unknown and unfortunate. Colors are colors; if colors wanted to be associated to genders, you wouldn't see the beauty of a rainbow now, would you? [waving arms around in indignation]

So, just stop it already!

Blue is blue, and it's the color of water, sky, and if you have ever done watercoloring, you know that it adds depth when coloring skin. Just like, pink is pink, and it's the color of roses, a blushing cheek, and if you have ever used photo filters, you know that it makes for a happy medium between warm and cold emotions of your picture.

Whether I subscribe to it or not, these kids' parents do follow that and so, the R is in blue and the T's main focus is pink. Just to be a little defiant however, I did make the background of the R pink. Then, I went over the shadow of the T with a blue color pencil and gave the deeper background a blue-ish hue.

In hindsight, I shouldn't have used a fine marker to color them in giving it the sketch-y line-y effect but it has its charm too, I s'ppose.

I like how the dropcap effect worked out. There are a lot of areas to work on and I'll get there someday but for now I am happy that they look like they were definitely made for siblings - similar but very different as well.

After I was done with my boxes, I stuck two papers inside with quotes, not that they can read yet -- they are just three- and one- year olds (LOL). But, whether the boxes will last their enthusiastic use or not, I am glad I got to make something for them.

P.S. It's been a couple of months since I gifted them the boxes. The older one can read and practices writing his R exactly the way it shows up on his box because "I will learn this letter and show teacher how it's really written" - so adorable! The younger one apparently goes to bed with her hankies. Awww :) Sigh. Sometimes handmade things really do convey love, I guess.


Ray out! Peace!