Today I have a post that I wrote last night which is just as well, as this morning has not been good so far as I have a sick kitty (Miss P) and had to take her to the vet this morning. Not really sure what’s wrong with her but she’s not her normal self so it’s better to have her checked out. We’re back home now, after the vet gave her some injections and now I have to keep an eye on her for any changes or improvements. She is usually desperate to get out after being inside all night but she is hiding under the cat tree instead.
And now here’s the post I wrote last night…
Happy WOYWW day!
Here’s the current state of my desk… even with all the stuff covering the desk Miss Lily still managed to find a place to sit down, right smack in the middle of it all lol. In the background her brother, Mr G, is also cluttering up another flat surface with his huge self.
These two had their 5th birthday last month and for their birthday I made them new luxe cat beds that they totally ignored (typical cats!) but I am happy to say that now that the weather has turned cold and wet, they have now deigned to use them! Lily in the new bed…
She’s only little so there is plenty of space for her to spread out and stretch.
Here’s Mr G in the bed, for some reason he has pulled all the cushions down on his head. He’s a big weirdo cat! They do have one each btw but they are both fighting over this particular one!
Art Journal Journey – Type
Today I am sharing (yet) another art journal page for the August challenge over on Art Journal Journey which this month is Type chosen by this month’s host, the lovely Neet. You can probably tell by the number of pages that I have done so far, that I love this challenge and I love TYPE. Here is my very basic page… maybe I will paint the background or maybe I will leave it the way it is as I kinda like the simplicity of the black text on the white.
Yes it’s just a page with a whole lot of stamped letters on it lol, but the difference is that I made the stamps that made the letters! Here’s what happened…
Making alphabet stamps from craft foam
A couple of years ago I made these stamps by diecutting some craft foam using alphabet dies. At the time, I only made foam stamps for the letters I needed, not a whole alphabet, and to use them I stuck them onto small acrylic blocks with removable tape. Here they are below…
I always planned to cut a full alphabet and mount them on something for use, but never got around to it as it would have cost me a lot in acrylic blocks for one thing.
You might not know this but I LOVE metal dies, I find they are one of the most useful craft supplies available. I often make stencils and stamps from my dies and I’d been thinking about making some alphabet stamps to use for this challenge and for art journaling in general, so I could have a set that I could kept handy on my desk. Then when I went to The Range yesterday (yes I went back for another look!) I found a couple of products that would help me do just that! They had quite a lot of alphabet blocks in various formats, including these large wooden ones. I think it was about £4 for this pack of 32 wooden tiles. I didn’t go there looking for these blocks, so I was just eyeballing the size and guessing that they would work for my large dies as I hadn’t measured anything beforehand.
And these small wooden ones that look like Scrabble tiles… These were £1.99 for 200 wooden tiles. I actually love them on their own and can think of lots of things to do with them, or with the left over tiles.
I ready had the craft foam so I used the same big alphabet that I used for my original diecut stamps, and matched them up with all the letters, cutting three copies of each letter and gluing them on top of each other.
Then I used strong glue to stick each letter onto the back of the tile. So because these tiles are alphabet tiles, they already have the letter printed on the front, so that will come in handy when I start using them.
Then I used the small tiles and a Tim Holtz Sizzix alphabet die set to cut out another set of letters. I glued four tiles on top of each other to make a wooden block that would be easier to hold and use, and three copies of each foam letter as I did with the bigger alphabet.
And now I have two different sized alphabet sets to use in my journals. At the moment they are stored in some vignette boxes. It was meant to be temporary storage but I kinda like how they look in there so I might keep them in there. I’ll know if they make good storage once I start using them.
I turned the little stamps around so that the printed letters show on top and that will keep dust off the craft foam letters.
The smaller Tim Holtz dies also have numbers and punctuation so when I get time, I might make some stamps out of those too as I have plenty of wooden tiles left over. Making these really small ones was a bit fiddly so I need a break from doing that and having static-y craft foam stuck all over me lol. If you have another way of making wooden blocks, do that instead of buying these little wooden tile blocks, but I didn’t and I like that they already have the letters printed on the top, makes them easier to use and saves me having to do it myself : )
Oh and the other reason I went back to The Range yesterday was to buy an A3 sketchbook that I saw there last week. I have a bunch of A4 image transfer gel prints that I wanted to put into a journal but keep them whole, so I thought the best way would be to put them into a much bigger book and then I have space around them. Here’s a photo of one of the gel prints sitting on top of the A3 book. Once I get them all in the new book, I can start using them as backgrounds for AJ pages.
That’s it for today, hope you enjoyed the post, let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
watercolour paper, my usual journal, gel prints, wooden number blocks, craft foam, glue, versafine clair nocturne ink pad, wooden tiles, alphabet die sets,
Art Journal Journey – Type – August Challenge
WOYWW – #636 – What’s on my desk (I’m number #21 in the linkup!) Happy WOYWW!
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