How to write 100 alphabets

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to write 100 alphabets: No.30: #100daylefthandalphabet

The virtues of any routine that produces results (deep sleep, learning a language, 10,000 steps) are myriad, and a creative habit is no exception. There are many tips and foolproof methods to try – I just recommend keeping it simple!

You know how to write the alphabet, but what happens when you use your non-dominant hand AND repeat the exercise over and over? How to write 100 alphabets:

You’ll need:

  • Something to write on
  • Something to write with

Step – by – step:

Decide on the medium (I’ve used biro, pencil, ink and brush, crayon…and prefer the looser inky alphabets best.)

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And then begin! One day at a time. They might be very wobbly…it doesn’t matter. Take pictures if you want to. Burn each one if you want to. Or keep them to bind into a book later…

A benefit of doing the same thing 100 times is that you have the scope to experiment.

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Notice how your alphabets develop. If you fall behind, play catch-up and do a few at the same time.

It’s hardly a typographically correct venture – rather, an exercise in repetition, curiosity, habit. A meditative practice.

Read Michael Beirut’s essay: He started this whole thing.

Search the hashtag #the100dayproject for inspiration and camaraderie.

Find out more and sign up to the global project!

And send love to Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson who keep the energy going on Instagram.

With warm thanks to Middle Years Monday for their ongoing companionship, and to Monica Dengo for showing how writing can be drawing….

Let me know how you get on…

4 thoughts on “How to write 100 alphabets

  1. Thank you for this. I really appreciate this idea and it’s giving me some of my own. Your work is so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.

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