June 18, 2014

arts & crafts: shakespeare edition

You know I enjoy my literary-themed crafts (like here, here, here and here). They serve as a way for me to embrace the bookish world I hold near and dear to my heart while also expanding my horizons and creativity in new and exciting ways.

In short, they enable me to rationalize procrastination when I'm trying to write.

Last week I found myself in need of a real pallet cleanse when I shifted between doing another round of edits on Book 2 and resuming writing on Book 3. (In case you're wondering, I've officially decided I do not endorse juggling multiple projects at the same time unless you want to be completely nuts like me. However, if you're psycho like me, you'll soon learn that this is the norm.)

Fresh off of watching the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, my first foray into this Shakespearean tale, I found myself captivated by one particular quote in the play.

"I do love nothing in the world so well as you--is not that strange?"

Is there nothing so well in the world as that spectacularly wonderful line? Seriously, I can't even imagine a thought so brilliant. Which makes me sad. Sigh. Is it any wonder I was looking to avoid writing when my wit falls so far below that of Bill Shakespeare?

Imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a set of sticker letters in the dollar aisle at Target. (Quick note: This aisle is basically a drug for me. I can't and won't quit trying to find deals for little items I never knew I wanted.) The wheels in my head were turning (or spinning, as you do). What if I was able to make some sort of wall art for my newly rearranged office that featured this quote I found so amazing and inspiring?

I was home all of ten minutes before I broke into my stash of fancy papers and cardstocks.

After cutting a rectangle the size of one of the empty picture frames I've been hanging on my wall since moving in last November, I checked to make sure I had enough letters to spell out the quote...

Then I spaced them out like I was writing a very neat and orderly ransom letter...

And started sticking them into place. I decided not to be 100 percent perfect with my placement. I could tell you I did this to allow the line room to exist freely and creatively without the shackles of precision, but in actuality, I didn't have the patience to do it.

Once I'd spelled out the quote and give a little credit where credit was due...

I put the letter art in a frame...

And hung it on my office wall. Is it as brilliant a masterpiece as the Fifty Shades of Grey movie poster I received from a friend for my birthday? No. But did it cost me more than $1 or 15 minutes of my time to make? No.

And now that it's up on the wall, I kind of adore it. I had enough fun making it, I went back to Target and bought the rest of their sticker stock (for a grand total of $5 of supplies) and have plans to try my hand at future letter art projects. And if I never get around to them, at least I'm not out too much money, right?

Do any of you have literary artwork on your walls? Describe!

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