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Bubble letters are an attractive alternative to ordinary writing in the production of visual aids either for the classroom, the art class, as graffiti or as a teaching tool in other larger spaces. This new alphabet also produces a pleasing and easy to produce substitute to line lettering for flashcards or headings cards. I have personally used both the bubble and ladder lettering alphabets many times over the years in teaching and in illustrating stories with great success.
Bubble letters have become an impressive graffiti art form and highly stylish forms are appearing all the time, not just on rail cars but on large walls and 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 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. 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. One can do this in chalk on an outside wall or pavement.
For an italic effect, slope the 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, draw a curved base line 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 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!