A post on Nuvonova’s blog the other day re: updating artwork from her school days got me thinking about a piece I made when I was 17. Our assignment was to create what the word Freedom meant to us.
I chose the three most powerful pieces of paper Americans have….and I painstakingly hand lettered each word. No photocopying, no tracing. I even included all the mistakes the original scribe made.
This is a partial scan of my piece…it was too large for my scanner.
Looking back, I see many mistakes I made. Number one being why the heck didn’t I ink it on parchment? Bristol! What was I thinking? Then there’s the line over-runs on the top of the Constitution…I improved as I went along. And cutting off the Declaration…gah! Why didn’t I pen it to look like the other document overlapped?
All in all, I actually still quite like it. Sadly, the word Freedom, which I brushed over the inked words in dark blue watercolor, has faded almost beyond recognition. Some of the black ink has faded, and before I thought to get it framed, it got water spots on it...
Still....a good effort. I received an A.