What's in a Name?

Week 14 - Write your name.  Embellish it.

I HATED my name when I was a kid?  I mean, HATED IT!  I would tell people my name was Lori or Laura so that I didn't have to choke out my full name.  I was named after my mother's childhood imaginary friend, Lorraine,  which made it seem even weirder to me!

Fortunately, I am older and wiser now and not worried about "fitting in" or having a cool name like Becky or Jessica - haha - those were two names I really wanted to have when I was a teen!  I actually LOVE my name now!  It wasn't until I was in my mid-twenties that a sweet elderly man I worked for told me my name was "hollywoood glam" and that it suited me because I was different and not like all the other young women my age.  He said I was an old soul and matched my old-fashioned name.  {and no, he wasn't hitting on me - just a kind, grandfatherly type of mentor that I adored.}  From that day on, I embraced my name.  I like that there aren't many Lorraine's out there.  Finally I am at the point in my life where I am glad I am different instead of trying to be like everyone else!

Well, okay, that's more than enough about my name, but I always like to give a bit of background!  So anyhoooo......  I grabbed my trusty graphgear mechanical pencil and wrote my name in cursive across the page.  I then went back over it again and outlined it. {I should mentioned here that I am highly trained in writing, thanks to the nuns at St. Margaret's Catholic school where we focused on Jesus and penmanship - and barely in that order!}

Next I grabbed a Tombow Marker and filled in my name.  I left all of the pencil marks and didn't bother to erase.  When I went over the pencil marks with the marker, they blended well and actually enhanced the lettering!  I didn't focus on it being perfect!

Then I took a light gray Tombow marker and drew along one side of each letter to create a shadow effect.  Because the Tombow's are water soluable (to a point), I was able to use a water brush to blend the gray and make it look more like a cast shadow by each letter, giving the word dimension.

After the page was dry, I took my handy little Micron black pen and outlined all of my letters, did a little shading where letters crossed over one another, and drew dots of all sizes.  I also framed in the name with a wonky border.

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Next, some fun coloring with the Tombow markers - filling in spaces and creating a background.  And there you have it - Lorraine Embellished! 

Hope you enjoy the challenge - can't wait to see how you all decorate and embrace your own names, and don't forget to check out the other Art to the 5th members blogs for more inspiration!  Happy Documenting!

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