W is for...

Words and Writing

'A picture speaks a thousand words.' -- Anon

Word: A single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.

Today’s project is a bit special: a piece of handwriting will be our inspiration. The wording is from an inscription in a small storybook given to a young boy as a reward from school. The date is 23 February 1902.

This project is about subverting letters to become a pattern, drawing or design. Links to the mini projects R for Reverse as well as B for Basics, L for Lace and Loopy Letters and N for Numbers and Nature can be incorporated. You can also use your own initiative to turn this antiquated handwriting into something different.

Creative Process

Print out one or more templates of the W project (download here) and study the shapes of the letters. Written with a dip pen, the shapes are quite ornate and accentuated. How can this be incorporated into your drawing? Look at it from different directions to figure out how you will subvert them to suit your style. Do you see figures, plants or animals or a combination of shapes to create a floral arrangement maybe?

Draw and explore, adapt your letters and shapes to link it with the written letters on the sheet. Keep it to black outlines, grey shading or colour is up to you.


Using another person’s handwriting to explore your own creativity. This project is about imagination, adapting and creative problem solving.