Hi everyone happy Friday! A couple of fun things happened that I thought I would share. Firstly, I discovered yesterday that a new shop has opened nearby. It’s another branch of The Range but we’ve never had one this close before, and I didn’t even know it was there. Turns out that it opened at the end of July, so as I was in the area, I wandered in and took a look around. If you don’t know, this shop has homewares, garden stuff, toiletries, pet food, etc and most importantly – art and craft supplies! Quite a lot of them actually.
This display was all Winsor and Newtom paints and mediums, quite a good selection. It’s not a brand I usually buy but knowing that it’s so close if I happen to urgently need some gesso or gel medium is very comforting and I wouldn’t mind switching brands in an art emergency lol.
I was super excited to see all of this A1 sized Pastel Paper (also Winsor and Newton) and although I didn’t buy any yesterday I was actually thinking of going back there and getting some today in case they decided to stop selling it. I am wondering just how many people would be interested in it locally, but perhaps there’s a hidden community of pastel artists that I haven’t discovered yet. Anyhow, it’s textured paper so I guess it could also be handy for cardmaking. Next to the pastel paper is a display of pearlescent cardstock (also a little specialised I would have thought) but the colours are gorgeous, and next to that is a display of mountboard for picture framing, or if you are like me, diecutting with those bigz XL dies! Beyond that is a good display of canvases in various sizes and options.
Did I buy anything yesterday? Yes I did but only a few things and didn’t spend much. The Mandala Stones kit is a gift for a friend, as is one of the white pens – so nice to see they stock my favourite white pens in open stock, so I bought three of them. Then a couple of cheap paper pads with mixed paper, two small “scrapbooks” that will use as journals, and of course, who could resist the cat stickers!
The other exciting thing that happened was this morning when the postman delivered this lovely package below. It’s my prize from Country View Challenges from their 100th Challenge back in June. My prize was this package from Tracey Easson and a £20 voucher to spend in the shop. So exciting as I haven’t done any crafty shopping for ages (apart from what I did yesterday in The Range, but that’s not technically a craft shop). The prize consists of two prints, one a limited edition for the 100th Challenge, a card, a badge, a stamp set and a bag!
And now today’s journal page for the August challenge over on Art Journal Journey which this month is Type chosen by this month’s lovely host, Neet. This page started out with some ink spraying through a stencil (made from a negative diecut that I’ve been saving for a while now and wanted to use for something) and this page seemed to fit the bill. Some of these other bits and pieces will be appearing in other pages this month.
After using my ad-hoc stencil for spraying, I put it aside to use again and you will see it later on another page! The ink I used was watered down turquoise acrylic and the avocado ink I made last month, which is a love rich brown colour.
I used a Visible Image typewriter stamp on the right side, and then used some small planner stamps from Prima – the number stamps, the dot and dash stamps, and the day stamps that look like typewriter keys. I cut out three journaling cards and attached them to the left side using some small metal brads.
Then I cut out a white piece of card and cut a slit above the typewriter for it to slide into, and added the stamping YOUR STORY MATTERS. My page is ready to journal on later.
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
watercolour paper, my usual journal, typewriter stamp, journal cards, brads, turquoise ink, my avocado ink, gold paint, planner stamps, stencil made from negative diecut,
Art Journal Journey – Type – August Challenge
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