Word Art

A key feature of the illumination of the text of the Lindisfarne Gospels is the elaboration of initial letter forms, the first letter of the first word in a phrase.

Use a word processing program to experiment with designs using one word.

  • For instance - Element, Cosmos, Sun, Moon, Star, Comet, Meteorite, Galaxy, Gas, Oxygen, Water, Metal, Iron, Steel, Gold, Copper, Bronze, Wood, Tree, Leaf, Oak, Herb, Stone, Rock, Sand, Slate, Bone, Fossil, Tool, Axe, Sword, Shell, Bird, Hawk, Fish, DNA, Ancestor.
  • Choose a word from the word list or come up with your own (it may be a word related to your other explorations)
  • Type out the initial letter of the word in a large font size on the screen. This will form the main part of your design around which the other letters will be arranged
  • Use the features of the program (font size, font style, overlay, transparency, shade, colour, distortion) to experiment with the layout of the remaining letters of your chosen word
  • Some word processing programs have built in letter manipulation features. Use these but don't be limited by what they have to offer. Use them in your own way - there are no rules

Element 1
Element 1

Element 1
 
Element 2
Element 2
Element 2

 

Element 3
Element 3

Element 3

 

Text and Texture

The CD box is a modern container of ideas and beliefs whether it be as packaging for music, computer software, games and CD Roms or for film and TV in DVD media. 12 x 12 cm is a now classic format for artists and designers to work to.

Produce a design for a fold out book to fit in a CD box.

  • Look up your chosen word in the dictionary and copy out its definition
  • Scan or digitally photograph a selection of textured objects (stained or torn paper, drawings, distressed paint surfaces, rusted iron, weathered wood, mechanical objects, rough or torn textiles). Use an image manipulation program to change and combine your textures
  • Using a word processing or image manipulation program create a page measuring 12cm x 12cm (standard CD format).
  • Paste in one of your textures
  • Overlay the initial letter of your word in a large font size (350 point) as the main feature of your design. Make the letter transparent so that it becomes part of the underlying texture (see Elemental)
  • Build in the other letters from the word and build in extracts from the dictionary definition of the word. They too could be blended with the underlying texture or typed in a contrasting colour to float above (see CD Elements image)
  • Experiment with different ways of combining and folding a series of 12x12cm squares to form a folding book which would fit into a CD box. You will need to consider both the fronts and backs of the pages (see 12x12 image)
  • Produce Text and Texture designs for all of the pages of your book. This will mean using other extracts from the dictionary definition or even introducing other words (see CD Iron images)
  • Print out your design and assemble in a CD box. Include in your Research Book Box or produce a version for your Research Book (see CD Box image)

Elemental image
Elemental

Elemental
 
CD Elements image
CD Elements
CD Elements
 
12 x 12 image
12 x 12
12 x 12
 
Image of folded out CD sleeve
CD Iron
CD Iron

 

Image of unfolded CD sleeve
CD Iron Folded

CD Iron Folded

CD Box image
CD Box

CD Box