Good morning everyone! Happy Saturday, hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I am pleased to say that Miss P is a little better after her second visit to the vet yesterday and has gone out to do secret cat business in the garden.  I have no idea what she does out there but I’m sure it’s very important and essential. It’s raining so I don’t think she will want to be out there too long and will soon be back at the door knocking to get back in.  Meanwhile I wanted to share another page I made, inspired by Type which is the August challenge over on Art Journal Journey and chosen by this month’s host, the lovely Neet.

The background is stamped in Sepia Archival, using two Tim Holtz background stamps, one is a newspaper background and the other is rows of different alphabets.

Then I used my handmade alphabet stamps I made during the week to stamp on this quote about typewriters, using some Versafine Clair ink in, I think it was Warm Breeze. The quote seems to be anonymous, I found it on website selling old typewriters (a dangerous place for sure, so many lovely typewriters).

I had already been preparing another Tim Holtz die cut typewriter, this time from Blackout paper stash, which I had sanded, and then painted parts of it with silver acrylic to make it more like a real typewriter.  I even wrote some letters on the tiny key spaces, though when it came to it I couldn’t remember the positions of all the letters (shameful I know) so some of them are wrong. I console myself by the fact that there are not enough keys for a real typewriter anyway.

I used a Darkroom Door book stamp to stamp the row of old books on the right, and used a stabilo to give them all something to sit on.  Then I added the little cat sticker (a recent purchase when I visited The Range).

I really thought I had finished this page but overnight I was thinking how it would be nice to have a bird perched on the typewriter, so when I got up this morning, I added one!  It goes without saying that nothing is in proportion on this page, not real life proportion at any rate lol.  The books, the bird, the cat, the typewriter, not reality haha.

The bird stamp is from a Prima/Finnabair set, and I stamped it on with whatever black ink was closest, which just happened to be Stazon.

I also found this little card which is one that comes from Moo when you order business cards from them. It fits perfectly on the typewriter!  Is it the bird talking to the cat or the cat talking to the bird, I wonder?

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
watercolour paper, my usual journal, typewriter die, my alphabet stamps, versafine clair teal ink, archival sepia ink, silver acrylic paint, Tim Holtz newspaper stamp, Tim Holtz blackout paper stash, Darkroom Door book stamp, cat sticker, stabilo all, gel medium, Finnabair bird stamp, black pen, Moo card, Stazon Jet Black ink,


Art Journal Journey – Type – August Challenge

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September 5, 2021 2:04 am

I need a different typewriter!! My hubby used to repair them before he retired. He will love this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! So creative!

August 22, 2021 1:19 pm

A beautiful page and all the better for the addition of the little bird. I love that quote too. A great page for Neet’s ‘Type’ theme at AJJ, Hugs, Chrisx

August 16, 2021 9:45 am

An awesome page Elle, its a super background for the typewriter, the cat looks so content and that bird draws my eye across the page. Thank you for linking to Nett’s theme at AJJ and for another great inspiring page and quote.
Yvonne xx

Erika N
August 15, 2021 12:55 pm

Wow Elle, this is adorable. You definitely have the feel for typewriters themselves in this challenge. Funny how we both have the same idea for a page on this day, but tell it with very very different page stories. Adding the cat is a cute little addition too. Glad to hear Miss Kitty is improving, and glad you joined us again at AJJ. Thanks. Hope the rest of your weekend is also goo. Hugs-Erika

August 14, 2021 4:16 pm

Fabulous journal page, and love the idea of each typewriter producing another story. The books, bird and cat are great additions. Thanks for joining us again at AJJ for Neet’s theme, Valerie

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
August 14, 2021 9:44 am

What a clever sentiment you came up with. I love how you shared your step by step photos that made it easy in which to follow along. As much as I love the little cat (and who wouldn’t?), the little bird is what did it for me. Such a different and unique addition to the typewriter. I love your stamping, too. You did a great job with that perfect sentiment. Thanks for another wonderful entry using Neet’s theme at Art Journal Journey, Elle.

Neet Hickson
August 14, 2021 9:39 am

First of all I am glad Miss P is a little better – I see she has positioned herself on your journal page, she must be feeling much better. I think it is she who is talking to the bird, most cats have fun with birds, attempting to chase them off.
Well, Elle, I love this page. That typewriter is wonderful. Love the effect you have got with it – it is a lovely old typewriter indeed.
As for the letters – well you got the qwerty bit fine at the top (until you ran out – no fault of your own – artistic licence here.). The next line I always know as asdf(sp);lkj because that is reading from left to centre and then right to centre – the home keys. The bottom line I have not a clue but my brain works my fingers and hits the right keys there. It’s what is left over LOL.
The two stamps you used for the background are perfect, love the rust on the typewriter (it reminds me of the old Olympia I first used at college), the book stamp I am envious of and I just love the cat, the bird and the card. Great use of your own lettering – what a lot of use you are going to get out of that set, it reminds me of typeset.
Thanks again for a fab page for my theme at AJJ.
Hugs, Neet xx

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