In my last post I talked about a pencil outline for the word Create, I had a little experiment using felt tips to turn the outline into a more solid line using Black and Red. I like the weight of the lines given by the pens but it’s much too plain, looking at it doesn’t make you think much of Creativity.
Having decided the size and shape of the lettering for the word Create I moved on to finding fabric & paper with prints and patterns of interest. Below is a photo of the cut out letters in the fabrics I chose.
I then began to consider what background the lettering should go against. I wanted the background to reinforce the word but not distract too much! It was a nice day outside, and because I take a lot of interest from objects within nature, I thought it might be interesting to get that into the image.
So I took some blue tack and fixed the letters onto the sliding doors in our house, I experimented with a variety of layouts, as you’ll see on the photo’s below.
While I liked the idea of this, there’s a couple of things that helped me decide not to use these images for the final postcard design.
Firstly the fact you can see the blue tack through the letters, looks pretty rubbish! It wasn’t really a surface I could stick the letters onto without worrying about the glass being marked. I’m not a skilled photographer so I wasn’t sure how to shoot in a way to get the best light, you lose a sense of the pattern and texture of the letter due to the different light levels on the letters.
For example, the ‘E’ looks quite dark, lost, whilst the ‘C’ looks quite transparent. I think it just ends up looking a bit sloppy rather than a coherent image.
I tried out placing the lettering on a few other surfaces; a wooden chair (I like working on DIY projects, like repainting wood) & a cutting matt.
I quite like the lettering on the Wooden chair, the backdrop isn’t too busy so the word is still legible. But I think it looks to flat, lifeless to be describing creativity.
Part 3 coming up next….