Ben gave me a beautiful alphabet book called Alphabeasties: And Other Amazing Types by Sharon Werner for my birthday last month. It's filled with clever illustrations that use different letters to make pictures.
I've mentioned before that my brother is expecting a baby boy this spring (I am nearly mad with excitement to meet my new nephew!) And there is something about babies that makes me want to make things for them and especially their nurseries.
The problem is that they haven't decided on a name, so I am kind of stuck waiting for them to make the big reveal so I can start the perfect name art, search for a name book, etc. (What else is a crazy aunt supposed to do while she waits?)
However, since the theme at the CSI project is typography this week, I decided that I would go ahead and try my hand at copying a few of the cute ideas in this book in the hopes that maybe one of these letters will be THE letter. And maybe one will inspire them to commit to the perfect name.
I used some scrapbook paper, sharpies, and my little letter stamp set to make these. A simple goodwill frame makes it art. These are some of the more manly/boyish ones from the book. I think this one is my favorite. Perfect for a little Max or Marco, Malcolm or Malachy or any other mustache aficionado in general.
Here's the b one. I'm not really crazy about the background paper color, but I do like that beard. I think Beckett, Barnaby, Beau, or Bernard would love it, too.
What little boy wouldn't like this pirate whether his name were Patrick, Peter, or Pedro or not? I know an Asa who would probably get a kick out of it...
And lastly, I love the saw for a little Sam, Sawyer, Sebastian, or Simon.
Just so you know, I completely copied these illustrations from the book--please don't think I am taking credit for their cuteness! Just inspired by them and trying to find a way to avoid ripping a book apart to turn it into some nursery art.
Most of the smaller illustrations are simple enough to imitate--they are line drawings that you can freehand or trace. You can see my guy has a somewhat different nose and more pointy ears, but that's because I'm not very exact. If you have a steadier hand and more patience, you could probably replicate it exactly. Also, if you have some tiny letter stamps, they are perfect for the type portion of the design.
Here's one more that I thought was cute, but didn't get a chance to make (plus, we already have a b one...) What do you think, Daniel? Do you have a name yet?
I just remembered that my best friend is having a boy a month after my brother and my sister-in-law on Ben's side is having twins (gender yet to be revealed...) so hopefully, at least one of those little guys will be able to use some of this stuff! If not, I'll just have to save it for a future little boy of my own someday.
What letter would you make for your child--boy or girl? (There are several more feminine ones in the book!)