mayBE 2015: four.

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”


Today I am taking yesterday’s prompt of exploring the straight line and the curve and taking it one step further.  We are taking a closer look at something we take for granted – letters.  Letters are all made up of the simplest straight lines and curves.  A letter on its own is a symbol.  Then you add letters together to form words.  And from there comes the miracle of the written word.

Before tackling the prompt, try writing the entire alphabet to cover one page – uppercase, lowercase, printing, handwriting.  Play with the letters without actually forming words.  Look at the letters and focus on the shape and not what they symbolize.  Try to imagine what it’s like to see these letters like a child does who is just beginning to grasp their meaning, and who is just getting a glimpse of the power that they contain.

Some inspiration:

An alphabet using fun visual imagery.

Alphabets that take on different forms.

And I think I would love to this project one day.

And for further reading on the history of writing, visit here.

Take one word today: a word that carries weight for you; a word that moves you;  a word that brings joy or peace to you; a word that reminds; a word that holds a universe of possibility for you.

What one word has changed your life?  What one word could change your life?

Whatever that word is, make it big and bold or beautiful and delicate, and illustrate it across your page.  Be deliberate with each letter as if you are channeling the monks of the middle ages, illuminating manuscripts.

“Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.”

-Elie Wiesel


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