The ABC of ME :-)

Hello friends

I hope all is good with you, me, I’m doing OK 🙂

I finally completed a whole project, it took a year but I’m chuffed with it. In July 2018 I was doing my regular trawl around all the local charity shops looking for a bargain when I found this book. I can’t tell you just how excited I was 🙂

It’s chunky book to help young children learn the alphabet, the pages are thick board covered in a plastic wipe clean surface.

First of all I carefully removed the cover and put it aside to reconstruct it later. Then I stripped all the plastic from the pages, it pealed off really easily and left me with a pristine blank book. To strip the pages gently start rubbing at one of the corners until the plastic begins to separate from the board page, then, if you are careful (and a bit lucky) you can usualy pull the whole plastic covering away from the backing.

Because blank pages are a bit scary I coloured every page with a random colour and then starting at A and finally finishing at Z I made my very own personalised ABC of Me. I used quotes and words that I find inspiring and to keep my spirits lifted. After I had removed the cover I was able to work on each spread flat, which made the job so much easier,

Once it was finished and because I still wanted to be able to open the book out flat I strengthened the spine with fabric and PVA glue, I also covered the front and back covers of the book with fabric and then stuck the first and last pages to the covers with more PVA glue. I made the titles for the front cover and the spine from an old piece of bandage which I coloured with ink and used alphabet rubber stamps for the lettering on the cover.

Here is the completed book, it took me a year to finish it: If you click on the Vimeo link you can watch it full screen, you will probably have to pause it if you want to read all the words. I have tried to attribute the quotes to the appropriate author, but didn’t manage with every one of them.

If you would like to create your own ABC book, the original My Big Alphabet Book is available from Amazon (and presumably other suppliers) at a reasonable price.

That’s all for now folks, take good care of yourselves and I’ll be back here sometime soonish I hope.

Big love AJ xxx

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4 thoughts on “The ABC of ME :-)

  1. Janette, I am nearly speechless!! What a marvelous wonder your precious book is. Your illustrations are exquisite, particularly on the “O” spread. The drawing behind the “O” looks like a marvelous part of the circulatory system, or small life-form. All of the different lettering styles, and your signature tribal designs, make this a book I’d love to own. I guess I will need to make my own. You must be very pleased!! Love you.

  2. W is for Wowzer! This project is absolutely amazing. Well done! I loved every single page. I actually have a project in mind that involves illustrating an alphabet and now I am inspired to try and find an extant book to alter for that project. So I is for inspirational.

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