Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Noela's November letters

...'Q' was a wooden stamp that I found in the Brick Lane markets in London.
I was so excited when I found many large trays of typeface - wooden and 'copper' - what a find. They were rather expensive, about 4 to 10 pound each, but I bought about 60pounds worth so got a bit of a deal. About 4 months ago I washed and cleaned the 'copper' typeface only to discover that they were in fact copper coloured plastic glued onto weathered looking chipboard/cardboard. ---Ripped off!!! My daughter is still in London and she went back to the stall holder and told him the story - Don't think he believed her.
The 'R' is from the sign 'Riad' in Morocco which is like a guest house.
'S' is again from Gaudi's bronze doors on La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
 The 'T' is from the sign 'Attic Rooms' - a pub sign in Surry. This fabulous pub had such low ceilings that even I had to duck - and I am only 5ft tall.

Lau's letters, from Q to Z

I'm late! I'm late!....

Here are the final letters of my second alphabet, the black and white.
The coloured one is already done in a flag book, but I cant post the photos today (sorry!).
Next month, I will show you the final pieces of both.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kim Schoenberger - STUV

This month's letters are somewhat random in choice of material, and staying well and truely within the boundaries of my KISS method, and remnants of (all) sorts that find there way into my sewing room... (which can look like a bomb has hit it some days :-)

S - a wool strand, certainly simple!

T - a gum leaf, Eucalyptus Citriodora Lemon Scented Gum to be exact, and exuded a lovely fragrance of lemon when sewing. I suspect the hue of ruby will fade over time.

U - a bread bag tag. Funny how I'm seeing letters in the most mundane things since starting alaw!

V - an old patch that's been in my sewing basket for like, eons.

And now for the close up shots...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

As usual - running late

It was September when I last posted letters to ALWA 2011. I have been creating my post with the words BE, PAX, JOY and MINDFUL on four faces.

 I now need to present the rest of the letters on the post. I have used the balance of letters to create a base border on the post as you can see from the photos below. Of course I did not have enough letters so I have used a boxed X as a filler.

And below are a few photos of the post as a whole - it now sits in gravel garden area on our block.

Barry Smith © My favourite - Be Peace

The post is about 1.2m high and 150mm square. It is a post for Peace. It will age gracefully in the elements.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Jenny's November Letters

 Here are my final letters - now to work out how to display them!  They make up an A3 page with the background all connecting up.  Might have to try out a few options...

I've really enjoyed being a part of this project and have been in awe of some of the truly beautiful letters that people have produced.  Wow!

The end of the letters...

Well I've reached the end of the letters - now all I have to do is to make the final piece!  At least we are home now after another 6 weeks or so on the road.

Here are U, V, W and X all from the same size paper. Hmmm U is wide enough but lacks a litlle something in height me thinks.

Y and Z complete the rainbow look.

A close up of the lovely X - so simple yet so dramatic.

The revised V - I used a slightly bigger piece of paper, but didn't have my glasses on as I coloured in the dots so will need to go and re-do a few - laugh!

And a lovely playful jumble of an alphabet. Almost a shame to create some order out of the chaos...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lyndell's second alphabet

I had a couple of weeks off and during that time I made a concerted effort to finish up the alphabet and put together the display. Maybe it's because I'm getting older but time just flies by.
As it happens, these letters turned out to be black and white with a touch of red! Pure accident. I have used an old reclaimed book to alter the book and then insert the letters into the pages. I sort of had the idea that the letters would look like they were falling out of the book. Not sure that it worked as well as my imagination had thought it would.
I've had fun this year both with my own letters as well as keeping up with all the other blogs.

Jeanette's black and white and ...

Here is my alphabet for the theme: black and white and a touch of ...
I used red - quite a lot of red, in fact. The letters are on newspaper (SMH), with ink, and they are set on cotton paper that has black and white ink that uses the text "writing has been used to tell lies as well as truth, to bamboozle and exploit as well as to educate, to make minds lazy as well as to stretch them" (Robinson, 1995, The Story of Writing, Thames and Hudson, London).
Thanks for the opportunity to be involved this year.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wendy's Second Alphabet

I thought about my second alphabet for a long time and finally decided on "Party Neuland". I took a workshop with Sandy Sommerfeld several years ago and we did an outline Neuland which we divided into sections and then added some embellishments. We added colour with highlighters. When my husband saw my first attempts at this lettering style, he said it looked like it was going to a party. Hence, "Party Neuland". I found some party scrapbook paper--party hats, noise makers and candy and used it to make origami pages for my book. The letters are inserted into the pages. At the moment I have 5 books, but I will probably join them all to make one long concertina.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

final daze

Well done, all feathered out, feathers have been tied down in a reversible collar to mix and match with

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The rest of Julie's alphabet 2.

I might as well post the rest of my second alphabet, as I have a feeling that December is going to be a VERY busy month! Plus I added a couple of pictures of the whole thing put together.

And here is how I put them all together...The book and box are made out of red bookcloth, and the piano hinge posts are none other than children's size chopsticks! You can find ANYTHING on the internet!

I have SO enjoyed doing both alphabets this year! And even more, enjoyed seeing all of yours! Thanks so much Fiona...brilliant idea you came up with! Plus it's really been an honor being among so many talented artists.
Julie Gray, Albuquerque, New Mexico