Saturday, March 31, 2012

Deb - letters for March

Just made it in time!  March seems to have been very busy, with too many things other than textiles! Have really enjoyed seeing what everyone else comes up with. Such a diverse range.

Noela's letters for March

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kim Schoenberger - FGHIJKL

Once again I am late! Seems to be the norm for me these days, funny thing I used to be so punctual - not sure where that went to.... ? :-\
So my post today is both February and March and an additional picture of how the piece is coming along. Still working on the polka dot theme...

February merges into March with "I"

Starting to take shape all rolled out - A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J

I've started looking into the finishing of the piece, this one's a bit more technical and I believe it's going to take a little more time to nut out what I'll be needing in turns of the final touches and from whom. I want to create a light box effect like they appear in these photo's, hopefully it'll work out - things always sound great in 'theory'

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Have caught up with the rest of the field and can relax.  These letters are chugging along and I'm looking forward to mounting them.  Grandma would be proud to think that I was recycling some of her stuff, but she would't recognise what I'm doing with it.  Happy Easter to ALAW'ers.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


 There is not much else I can tell about my letters,
 The story is pretty much the same
 as all my letters before
 so....... cardboard, wax, shellac, rust, copper strip and split-pins.

can't wait to start on the finishing and putting it all together!

The next letters from Judith

I'm posting these on behalf of judith who is travelling in India I believe!

Monday, March 26, 2012

March Letters

Here are the next letters, better late than never. I did not have enough of my marbled paper to complete all letters so decided to introduce a plain harmonising colour that will complement each page when I assemble the final alphabet.
I am enjoying creating my bubbles rising into the chunky letterform.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fiona's third instalment

Here are my next four letters - I, J, K, and L - and I am still pleased to be on track.

The four of them together on block mat board.

I and J - I think I got my piercings a bit close together on the I; with one hole a little bit big as well, so I may need to re-do this letter at some point.

K and L seem to do OK.

And this is the tool I have been using to pierce with. I bought it in Japan at a hardware store (may I just digress and say that a Japanese hardware store is to do die for!) and it is super sharp and strong; and has a great grip. If I ever go back, I expect several more of these will be in my bags on the way home. Note to self - not in my carry-on luggage!

I started a new piercing mat as well when I started these letters - so this is it so far.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

circle alphabet - k & l

hello everybody ! spring is back here, with little flowers in the field and singing birds in the trees, and the SUN and some warmness !

and so is back my circle form with this K

and I did what I could for the L ...

not so easy to have an alphabet as a whole, but I'm having fun and I'm so admirative of the amazing letters of all of you !

Back on track .........

I had fun trimming down my letters ..... not sure they have the same sense of design though I think they look more cohesive now.  Only my 'f' would not reduce - could have been worse.

Here are the pics ....... I actually like the photo of the letters on the discarded 'bits' and the remnants on their own.

Have really enjoyed looking at everyone's alphabets :-)

Be back next month. Happy lettering.


Friday, March 23, 2012


Hello everyone

Thank you to all of you who commented on my first blog effort. I was just sitting here looking over some of the recent posts when I noticed (not sure how I missed this the first time) the parameters for our alphabets ..... 7cm squares! Didn't see that so am going to have to re do my letters ...... Some may reduce but I am not sure that many will. Just when I had caught up and was about to submit my second post.

Watch this space and I will come back with trimmed or re done letters. Think I will be dotty by the end of this particular alphabet!


More from the Tea Chest

Moooving Forward, as they say.  I forgot to put the drawing pins from the chests (still in their original packaging and surprisingly still shiny) on the first lot of letters.  The pins will anchor them onto the support for the finished project.  Am loving everyone else's creations....isn't it a great way to spend creative time!!  Heather

Thursday, March 22, 2012

First Timer

Hello fellow ALaWeekers

This is my first blog to this site and as such I am a little apprehensive about what I am doing. I have begun my own blog too and am just beginning to get the hang of it.  (

I have joined this project and have been looking back over the last couple of years of blogging - loving all the creative alphabets I have seen, coveting many of the ideas and envious of those with obvious calligraphy talent! As you will see from my alphabet (I have begun with the spotty one), I have no calligraphic talent though I absolutely have a deep love of language and its place in our artwork.

For some years in my art practice as a painter and etcher and over the last dozen years an artist's bookmaker, I have used the theme 'The Art of Language' - using ideas such as interpretations and reinterpretations, the concept of telling and retelling stories in various ways by leaving some of my books unbound.  I even use language in my artwork though it is by no means recognisable as such ....... scribble would be more accurate.

I am attaching a couple of images rather than an image of each letter alphabetically.  Over the course of the year I am certain I will enjoy this project more and more - not just delighting in it as a voyeur but with practice, enjoying it as a participant.

As you can see, there is little coherent in my letters other than the dots ....... well, thank goodness for them. I will try to make my next alphabet more cohesive ..........

Happy lettering.  Glad to be part of this fun group.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lorinda's i, j, k, and l

Hello everyone! Below is my latest installment for my dot alphabet.

These were an interesting bunch to design. It took a while to find balance for all of them except the letter "l". Here I figured that one would be the most difficult!

See you next month!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

JGR I, J, K & L

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a good month. Things here are fine it's 86˚ (f) today, Spring is here!
Continuing with my first alphabet for the year (dots). This color palette is way out of character for me
but I like the industrial texture. 

 Next is a slightly whimsical approach, also out of character but it's good to step outside the comfort zone sometimes.
 Now, K is much closer to my usual approach: subtle chaos in the background and bright clean colors.
 Last but not least, this is my favorite. It reminds me of the beach.
Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

From Grandma's Tea Chest

I'm into catch up for 2012.  Have just had access to 8 tea chests sealed in 1962 and unopened since, from my grandmother's house.  Apart from the hilarious newspapers and remembered childhood bits and pieces, this material (linen) and a variety of plastic beads caught my eye so I used them for my dotty alphabet.  The letters are painted in gold on the linen and gel pens used to trace the circles.  I sewed the beads onto the linen and mounted them on mount- board scraps after fringing.  Heather Courtis

Hand crafted letters by Tien-Min Liao

I saw this post on Colossal and immediately thought of ALaW participants.
Hope you enjoy it as well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Julie's IJKL

Here is the next group of cut out letters...there is a fold in the middle of the K to work with the book it will go in. You'll see that at the end!

 I’m Annik.
I live in the west of  France and i’m happy to take part in ALAW

I love all about letters, calligraphy, artist books, papers.
I like to mix different  materials and technics : I like to saw  on papers, write on cotton or linen, cut up, fold, etc.
I send you my first letters for 2012, painted on “papier kraft” (I don’t know the name in English) each one in a circle and surrounded by paper  “confetti” and little pearls.
As I take part late to ALAW, I send  my first letters  all together.
Excuse me for my bad English.