Book Binding Workshop

Hello All as promised here is the first Anyone Creative Workshop.

Workshop are running at the wonderful Jasmin Pottery Studio , Wakefield in July. Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite

or contact below for details

Begin Again

Its been a while since we’ve posted on this blog. Many things have changed Bobby Kate and Emma have all carried on with their fantastic careers and are still doing wonderfully creative things. With their blessing I have taken over the Anyone creative blog and decided to carry on doing participatory visual art as well as my own practice under Anyone Creative banner. We’ve had a bit of a rebrand and we’re rolling out creative workshops for anyone who wants to turn their hand to being creative. So look out for upcoming workshops around bookbinding and photography for social media. Our first workshops will be held in Wakefield at the wonderful Jasmine Pottery Studios.

Contact us if you want to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.

Photographing 3D Type

Our equipment

  • Canon 700D DSLR
  • Bulldog clips
  • coloured papers
  • Canvas backdrop
  • lots of hands to help
  • 5 in 1 Reflector
  • Continuous table top lighting
  • A large table
  • masking tape
  • cotton string
  • various props, pens , pencils , canvasses, paintbrushes, teacups,
  • Lots and lots of tea

We decided to take photos in the largest space we could find which happened to be a kitchen with very little lighting as we were shooting at night and using limited lighting we had to do the best we could with the equipment we were using

1. Set up your background

When you’re taking photos you need to think about your background, a nice plain background is good – we didn’t have any plain walls so we used a hung canvass background.


2. Think about your lighting

Because we were shooting in a dark kitchen at night we need to think about how we got the best images we could.  We used a set of table top continuous lights; provided by Emma to bring a bit more light into the shoot.  Allowing us to set up the camera to get the best shots we could.

We shot at 1/80 –  f4.5  – IS0 800.  Ideally we would have shot with a higher f-stop maybe f16 and a lower IS0  maybe 100 but we would need better lighting for that.

3. Lots of hands make light work.

We all got stuck in to pull together the letters for the first shot – arranging the back drop getting the letters in place and setting up the equipment


4. Be creative.

Once we’d started taking the photographs we didn’t want to get stuck taking pictures of the same thing so we arranged and rearranged the letters adding props and trying different ideas to get the best image we could

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We didn’t want to get stuck with one angle either so we took photos from different angle so we could choose the best shots from the final images.

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Finally we had a little bit of fun trying putting together some different words.

Here’s the final image.


The best of the rest

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DIY: 3D Type with curves, and decoration

So yesterdays post showed you how to make 3D type, but what if the you want to make letters with a curve? Here’s how I created a lower case ‘e’:


You will need:

• Mountboard (or cardboard, at least cereal box thickness) • Thinner card or cartridge paper • Print out of letters you would like to make • PVA glue • Masking tape • Cutting ruler • Cutting Mat • Craft Knife • Biro • Pencil • Paintbrush (or finger for glue)

Start the same way as yesterday by creating two stencilled letters.


Then cut strips for your straight edges, I used strips 3cm thick for this letter. Cut your strips the whole width of the letter, so it supports the front face, also add any extra support you feel necessary.

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Then glue your top face onto your supports.

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Now measure the width of your new letter, mine measured 3.3cm. Cut a strip in your thinner card or cartridge paper at this width. Your next step is quick fidely and messy, but don’t worry any mess can be cleared up later. Your going to wrap you thinner card around the letter.


Apply generouis amounts of PVA to both edges of your letter, then slowly wrap your thinner strip of card around it, part might ping off but just be patient with it and hold them down, eventually it will all stick. Let it dry for a while as shown below.

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Once dry trim off any access.

Little Tip: if you want to weigh down your letter pop your rice/beans in now!

Repeat the process with your inner eges.

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Let your letter dry and then your free to decorate as you wish 🙂 I’ve added some photos below of how I decorated a few of my letters.

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DIY: 3D Type

So to make your own 3d type you will need the following:

• Mountboard (or cardboard, at least cereal box thickness) • Thinner card or cartridge paper • Print out of letters you would like to make • PVA glue • Masking tape • Cutting ruler • Cutting Mat • Craft Knife • Biro • Pencil • Paintbrush (or finger for glue)


Start by placing you printed letters on top of your mountboard. Draw around your letter with your biro so it marks the board below. Don’t worry if this isn’t done too neatly as long as you cut it neatly later!

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Use this as a template to cut out your letter carefully with your craft knife and ruler. Make sure your blade is sharp and don’t apply too much pressure, let the blade do the work. Then place your newly cut mount board letter on top on your board again, trace and cut out, so you have 2 identical letters. The front and back of your 3D type.

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Next cut strips of card at your desired thickness, for this letter I cut mine 1.5cm.


Mark and measure your outer sides, and cut your 1.5cm strips to size. I’ve left out the middle edges for now, I’ll explain why later. Also don’t worry about any little bits at the moments, like the top of the A or the edges of the serifs, they are easy to cut off as you need them.

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Liberally apply your PVA to your first side, apply this to the edge of your letter so you can hold your side on easily while your waiting for it to dry a bit. Make sure to move your letter around if your doing it on a surface as you don’t won’t to stick to that as well, you can see in the photo below where I nearly stuck to my craft mat.

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Then continue with your other sides and the small edges.

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Here’s what the back looks like, nice and neat!


Now cut another strip of mounboard, the same as your last strip but minus the width of your mountboard. So my mount board is 0.2cm thick, so my new strip will be 1.3cm wide instead of the 1.5cm I used for my edges. This is because we will stick the inner edges ontop of the card instead so it’s a bit easier.


It’s ok if these pieces are a bit longer than needed, anything extra inside just helps to support your letter more. I decided not to finish the inner of the A with mount board as the curve is too sharp to do neatly, we will attack this later.

Now liberally coat your 2nd A’s edges with PVA and squeeze it onto your base. The inner part with help hold it in place while you wiggle the stencil into your frame. All big gaps fill with PVA and smooth over with your finger.

Little Tip: If you want your letters to stand, pop some rice or beans in the bottom before popping the top on, so they are weighted at the bottom!

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So now my shortcut for those sharp inner angles, masking tape!


And then trace around this once more onto your thinner card or cartridge paper and cut out. Then stick on the front of your letter to make it neat and have a smooth finish.

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