Whenever a friend or colleague has a baby I try to do them a name card, some names are easier than others, a five letter name is my favourite as it fits well with my teddy bear design. My friends have the reached the age that it is now grand-children who are arriving but I’m carrying on my card making. I know a lot of these cards are framed and some are used as name plates on bedroom doors which is very flattering.
I have blogged about doing these before but although there are similarities the cards are actually all different so here’s how I do them.
I start by drawing lines across the card to give me guide lines as to the size of the letters and pencil in the name. I like to do fat letters so I can decorate them with drawings inside the lines. Before I ink in the letters though, I add the teddy bear or doll or whatever takes my fancy at the time. I like to place the ‘bear’ behind the letters but with a little overlapping. Yes there have been many times when I have got confused hence the pencil lines first!
Once I’m happy I usually start to ink in the letters first. Then I draw the ‘bear’ using dotty lines to show the furry edge…
I’ve left this image large so you can see the pencil lines and the way the bear is over the letter in places and under in others.
Once I’m happy with the drawing, I rub away the pencil lines and start to colour in. Sometimes I go straight in with watercolour paint, sometimes I use bold felt pens but my most favourite medium is ‘water-soluble colouring pencils‘. Love, love, love them.
The colours are vibrant, the control is great and I can’t recommend them enough. Here’s a great YouTube clip showing you just how great they are.
thanks for reading.