Bubble letters are an attractive alternative to ordinary writing in the production of visual aids either for the classroom, the art class, as art graffiti or as a teaching tool to an audience in a larger spaces. Bubble lettering produces a pleasing and easy to produce substitute to line lettering or printed letters for flashcards or headings cards. I have personally used with great success both the bubble and ladder lettering alphabets many times over the years in my teaching and in illustrating stories.
Bubble letters are an impressive graffiti art form and highly stylized types are appearing all the time, not just on rail cars but on large walls and as artwork on canvases. The letters in both styles are produced quickly and are very impressive to the viewer! Once you have mastered this technique, people will be astonished at the instant results you can achieve with a stroke of the paint brush or felt tip marker.
Bubble letters are formed in a manner similar to ladder lettering. First, form boxes on a sheet of paper or card in the proportions 4 units high and 2 units wide for the bubble letters of the same proportions as before but this time in light pencil. These could be 4" x 2" or 8" x 4" etc but always in these proportions, that is two units wide and four units deep. The "M" and "W" letters are three units wide, the "1's" and the "I's" are a single unit and every other letter is two units wide. Next, take a pencil and sketch in the rounded off corners of each bubble letter on your paper, making sure that all the sides of the letters touch the frame except at the corners.
For an italic effect, slope the vertical sketched out boxes for the letters or to form pear shaped letters widen the base of the boxes. One can use any combination of these. To be really artistic, try drawing a curved base line with a compass with a central arc point some way above it (or below it) then draw a parallel line the letter height of 4 units above it with your compass and finally mark off the individual letters of one, two or three units wide with their vertical lines radiating from the center point. Lightly pencil in the corners and you are ready to complete your bubble letter masterpiece!