Posts Tagged ‘word art’


Dove

When I’m crafting, I’m really enjoying the creative process, and thinking about the person who is going to be getting the gift, and sometimes, I’m even watching a movie or a television show I know by heart.  It makes the whole process for me, very peaceful. This year, I had to be quick as well as crafty and thinking back on the first journal I made, I believe you’ll see its influence in the others here. The third journal (one and two are in Making Merry) I made was for my sister-in-law Beth, who is also a writer. I found the C.R. Gibson journals at Tuesday Morning(TM) the week before Christmas and hers is more of a ledger size than the one I made for my friend at work. I like the smaller ones myself, because the band holds them shut and they’re perfect for tossing into a backpack or purse, meaning people get more use out of them.  But beggers can’t  be choosers at Tuesday Morning (TM)  and hers only cost me $5.99 and is made from bonded leather. Not bad, considering the regular price for on that size is $17.99. Because this year has been hard for everyone in my family, including Beth, I thought a whimsical theme with a bright play on words would suite just perfectly.  I decided to use gears and birds to give it a ‘clockwork fantasy’ feel and I think it came out rather well. She certainly was delighted on Christmas day. Take a peek.

Beth Best
The mixed up letter types looked so good on the first, I figured they’d work here too, and they do. Writers are always cobbling together bits and pieces of things to make books, and with them being all different kinds it was all right if the letters were slightly wonky. Adds to the over all feel of whimsy.  Next time one of your crafting projects suffers a misalignment just tell the recipient that you were going for a ‘touch of whimsy’ which hides a multitude of mistakes.

Now this last one, I didn’t  buy, I sort of kidnapped it, and altered it the Saturday before Christmas.  Mom got this journal from Pastors Annette and Robert Stagmer as a Christmas present, and while she loved it, I thought it looked a little plain. It was the same dimensions as the blue one above, only pink. Pink, a blank. The funny thing about it was what I selected to put on the cover, she’d been studying all week. I’d say that’s confirmation that was where she needed to be, wouldn’t you?  It’s a paraphrase from part of  Revelation 12:11.  I was afraid at first that letters being as they were looked a little less formal and a little more ransom-note but Mom really likes it, and that’s all that matters.

Mom Best
Tada. And that’s all the journal altering I did this year for Christmas. But four  was enough, most definitely. Now, time to restock ideas, and my altered gear and see what else I can make and pass along.

What projects do you have planned craft wise for the new year? Any resolutions to try something new or expand on your own skills? Let me know in the comments below!

Coriam Deo Scribes

Then perhaps the opposite is also true, a word is worth a thousand pictures. The site Tagxedo, takes a fun spin on this and helps word nerds make art from their favorite phrases. The interface takes a little getting used to but once you’ve got it figured out, you can refine and tighten your ideas to make fantastic pieces of art, like this one. All images created with Tagxedo  belong to the company but they allow the creator to use them free of charge as long as you aren’t selling the image. Now, there are limited rights you can buy if you want to do that, and I might look into this in the future but for now, I’m having far too much fun doing things like this.  It’s definitely worth a look, Scribes. I’d love to see the different ideas you come up with. Oh, and I am warning you now, I’ll be posting MY word doodles here, so you might want to learn how to do this just in self-defense.

Coriam Deo, Scribes!

PS. Click the image and you’ll go to the site.