Thursday, February 23, 2012

More Letter Lovin'

I am working my way slowly but happily through Joanne Sharpe's Letter Love 101 course.  I keep up with watching the videos, but take my time to actually complete the assignments, so I'm only about a third of the way through.  I am really enjoying the assignments, though, because the pressure is OFF and the playtime is ON.

In my last post about the class, I shared my notebook and some of my practice exercises.  Then Joanne moved us into our mixed media notebooks, and for me, the fun really began!

I really loved the Whimsy Grids that Joanne showed us how to construct.  As far as I am concerned, the Whimsy Grids lesson alone was worth the price of admission!
I love the opportunity to use lots of styles of lettering in one piece, and a chance to include lettering and doodling.  I wasn't happy with the final look of my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils; I'm still working on how to use them to best effect.  (The purple came out muddier than I might have liked.)
I tried another Whimsy Grid with a quotation from Gandhi:
And you might have seen another example of a Whimsy Grid in my post about the Pay It Forward project:
(I'm still looking for my third participant, by the way!!)

Joanne also encouraged us to try other stacked lettering layouts:

In another fun lesson, Joanne had us working on composition, arranging fun alphabets across the page:
For several days, I've been working with her second example of alphabet composition.  Before applying it to quotations, I did a basic alphabet:
Then I combined this composition style with some Bible verses that I have been memorizing.  Spending time on lettering is a great way to commit the words and ideas to memory!
So, while some of my classmates are working on lesson 23, I am way back on lesson 8.  But by not putting pressure on myself to go any faster (after all, we have access to the class forever), I am still very much in the midst of letter lovin'!


Janet said...

I'm way behind on Joanne's class but I've watched most of the videos and am enjoying her class.

You're doing some really great lettering. said...

Very beautiful lettering!
I am really enjoying your work :)

laurie said...

i am so going to take that class! your work looks gorgeous and i'm sure we will see you transfer what you have learned to all of your other projects.

Andria said...

Thanks, Janet! I'm way behind, too, but we have a lifetime to catch up! :-)

Thanks for the encouragement, April!

Thanks so much, Laurie! I highly recommend it, and I agree that a lot of what I'm learning is going to transfer to my work.

lee said...

I am also way behind, but still watching the videos and taking it all in. Yours are great

Carin Winkelman said...

I wish I had time to take this class, I'm so blown away by everything you're learning in it! Wonderful stuff!

scrapwordsmom said...

I LOVE this!! I have another blog friend taking this, too. That's why I have been so inspired to doodle lately. I wish we weren't so darn tight on money...I would take this in a heartbeat. But right now it's either we eat and pay our bills or we don't eat and don't pay our bills...very little extras at the moment. DARN!

Keep sharing...I love your work, Andria!!!

maureenb said...

Love your font in Pay it Forward in Art!
Great sentiment and great zig zag idea. Thanks for sharing- I'm so enjoying the class as well!

Beatrice, Bea, Bibi--That's me! said...

Lovely work!! Everything is wonderful. You have talent!!

Lynette (NZ) said...

Only just finished lesson 8 myself...I don't think of it as being behind, just savoring the course :-) Your work is lovely...keep having fun

Linda Kittmer said...

Glad you're enjoying the class. Your work is lovely. I'm totally hooked on lettering thanks to this fabulous class!

Lynda said...

Your art is just beautiful! Love it! I'm also in the class but not real good at practicing. I do have my journal put together but no writing yet. Thanks for sharing.

Andria said...

Thanks, Lee. The videos are fun to watch even if you don't immediately do the assignment, aren't they?!

Thanks so much, Caatje! There's still time to sign up...:-)

I hear ya', Leslie. It's easy to get carried away and spend a bunch of money with all the tempting classes and supplies floating around in the world!

Thanks for visiting, Maureen! I will come visit your blog, too!

Thanks, Beatrice! You're sweet!

Thanks, Lynette. "Savoring the course" is definitely the way to look at it!

Thanks, Linda. I love your work, too!

Thanks, Lynda. The good news is, we have lots of time, right? :-)

Beatrice, Bea, Bibi--That's me! said...

You work is lovely!! Colors are beautiful!! You are doing a fantastic job...matters not where you are in the class :) Enjoy!

Parabolic Muse said...

You are ever moving forward!
I so love that whimsy page. This is really what I would love to do right now. Play! Not that any of what I'm doing isn't playful but I miss my journal! You have so many fonts going on. Great meditation and relaxation !

Anonymous said...

Your lettering just gets better and better! Love, love, love it!

iHanna said...

Wow, these pages are so very cool Andria, and it one can tell that you've been having a lot of fun in that class! Love all the colour in the first spreads. :-)

Kym said...

I love the work you are sharing with us. So cool. I am really loving the overlapping letters on the bottom 2 pieces but they are ALL fabulous.

Frau S said...

Wow! I am so impressed by your lettering skills. Thanks for your comments on my blog. They have led me here, and now you have a new follower! xo Kelley