Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Block Letter Monsters

Last week, Trevor showed me that he has figured out how to draw block letters.  I hadn't even realized he was interested in learning, since he would ordinarily ask me about something he wants to learn, especially if it's art-related.  But apparently he'd been working hard to figure out block letters on his own.  

Not only is it cool that he can make block letters now (and doubly cool that he taught himself), but it means that we can do some of the fun crafts that I've been saving!  First up, Block Letter Monsters.

 
Materials: white paper, pencil, black crayon, rub-on tool (a popsicle stick works too), and markers (color pencils, crayons or paint would all be fine).

Begin by folding your paper in half lengthwise.  Using the pencil, lightly write your name in block letters.  The base of each letter should sit on the fold.  When this is done correctly and you're happy with your letters, trace over them in black crayon.  Press hard.
Reverse the fold you made before so that your name is now on the inside.  If you pressed hard enough with the crayon, you should be able to see your name lightly through the paper. Trace over your name using the rub-on tool or popsicle stick.  Press hard.

 
The pressure will transfer some of the crayon to the opposite side of the paper.  If you miss a spot (like the middle of my C), just refold the paper and trace over that area again.

 
Use the black crayon to darken the faint mirror image.

 
Now it's time to get creative!  Turn your paper vertically and transform your name into a monster!  You may want to add a few extra lines, like eyelashes or teeth.  This is fine; just make sure your name is still legible.

 

Here is Trevor's completed monster.  The scanner cut off about 1/4 inch from the left side, but you get the idea.


Here's my monster.

I've done this project at least a dozen times in my life and each has turned out completely different.  Using all caps or drawing the letters in a slightly different style will transform the finished shape into something totally new.  You can also rotate your paper 180 degrees for a very different look.  As you can see, Trevor chose to have the first letter of his name at the bottom, while I put the first letter of my name at the top.  If you give it a try, let me know.  I'd love to feature reader work here!

4 comments:

  1. Sooooooooo awesome!! I love love love how they both turned out!!!

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  2. Cindy,

    What a fun project! I am surprised that Trevor kept that little secret from you! Glad you are having fun with his new talent!

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  3. Oh my! This is super fun....I totally have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I've never seen this project before. Really fun idea. Both turned out so cute!

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