Step Two: Identifying The End Grain
Before you begin making your toys, it is helpful to identify the end grain of your blocks. The two dark, ‘arched’ sides on your blocks have a unique beauty. If you love their natural look, then leave them be! But if you want a consistent look for your Love Letters, we recommend color-blocking all of the end grain sides and applying stars to them.
Set Your End Grain Side 'Up'
Start setting your blocks end grain side ‘up’. In the next step, you will be painting the end grain with your favorite colors and applying the ‘star’ on the end grain sides.
In the photo above, we are about halfway through setting the blocks end grain ‘up. A few more blocks turned around and they will be ready to go.
Now that you have identified the end grain, you get to decide! Do you want to keep the end grain exposed, with its quirky, unique character? Or do you want to cover it with paint to highlight the consistency of the creamy long grain?
There is no wrong answer. Either way, you will be able to make beautiful toys. Do what you think would be the most beautiful!