I’m updating and redesigning the blog a bit, but I’m quite the amateur when it comes to those things. So if you see something wonky over the next few weeks, it’s just me playing the Wizard behind the curtain (or maybe more like Caractakus Potts).
Our door has been looking so woefully bare since the Christmas wreath came down – it’s so much nicer to come home to be greeted by a lovely piece of art instead of burgundy sameness day after day. (Okay, it’s not that bleak.)
I don’t like storebought wreaths and I loathe fake flowers, all plasticy and … fake. So I decided to try my hand at a spring wreath, again in paper:
Each petal is hand cut from white or cream cardstock, as are the fringed centers. Glitter and holographic embossing powder coat each petal, giving them a bit more depth and dimension. And each flower (after endless gluing) is finished off with a vintage button from my mother’s stash (and to think, just a short time ago I was going to get rid of the buttons altogether!).
I won’t lie – this took me about a month and two false starts to get it right. But it’s so worth it, don’t you think?
I am in awe. This is probably the most interesting paper cutting I’ve seen in the last two years. Forget laser cutting through books (does anyone else think laser cutting is kind of cheating?), this is… well, I’ll let you see for yourself!
Meg Hitchcock painstakingly cuts letters from religious texts and then reassembles them to create the words of other holy books.
Isn’t that beautiful?
My mother-in-law’s birthday is coming up, and I am unable to be there for the big celebration, which just stinks. But at least I can send my husband over with a little gift.
This is papercut is kind of unusual in that it is brand new to me – I’ve never before used vellum, and this is my first go at a multi-layer cut. I only have the top layer done so far – but you can see what I hope to do with the rest of it.
And for those of you who might wonder: this is the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, in North Carolina.
I hope to have this completed by the end of the weekend, so keep an eye out!
I’m still here, folks! My project progress has been greatly hampered by severe chronic headaches and a tendonitis flare up. When it rains, it pours, right?
Hopefully I’ll have a few things for you by the end of the week, including:
- A DIY softbox tutorial
- Progress report on the project graveyard
- Last but not least, some mouth-watering food porn!
Thanks for sticking around!
I’ll just keep this short and sweet:
Here is a card that I made for my friend.
It took me 4 tries to figure out that I had to cut to the left of the fold (spatial reasoning fail).
As you can see, I’m still learning to cut the curves (lithium shakes don’t help).
It’s backed with watercolored and ironed tracing paper.
I hope she loves it.
I have several favorite tools that I use in my paper cuts – my two favorites are the swivel-headed X-Acto, and the retractable X-Acto. I know a lot of artists prefer to use a knife with a #11 blade, but I find those harder to control and harder to keep sharp (although you can sharpen them with a knife sharpener). I also have favorite pencils and papers, and so on.
But now I also have these:
Do you recognize them? Here’s a close-up:
I had never seen these before… until the day I stopped into Sally Beauty Supply for some hair goop. And there they were, beckoning to me from the manicure rack. They are sanding sticks, and they are a mere 39 cents each. And they are awesome because, however sharp or swivelly your blade is, your paper cuts will always have some jagged edges, especially in the curves.
The sticks are small, smaller than a pencil, and they fit perfectly into all kinds of swirls and curves. As long as you aren’t using tissue paper, they take the rough edges right off. (When you’ve been doing this with a tiny roll of uncooperative sandpaper for a while, you will see how miraculous these are. )
Did I mention how cheap they are? Love that.
… in other words, I promise that I’m actually working on something. Just a little something, but my brain has been churning around ideas for some much larger somethings.
It’s just a little card for a very dear friend who was recently hit by a car (and by hit, I mean smashed). She’ll be in rehab for a long time, which means lots of chances to create art for her!
And I have not forgotten her furbabies – the dogs will be getting a tin of peanut butter biscuits shortly. I am still working out what to make for the cats – I have a feeling tuna treats won’t ship well from Vegas to Boston!
It doesn’t take much to make me happy (this may or may not be a lie). At the very least, it doesn’t take much to delight me. Finding the perfect piece of metal on the ground, the way Draya’s tongue lolls farther and farther the more tired she gets, that sort of thing.
The delivery man has a special place in my heart, though. This is what he brought me today:
A brand spanking new cutting mat! (Do you like how I put my knife there, so you would know what it is?)
I’ve been cutting on the same battered – and very small – mat for years. It’s crusted with paint and medium and who knows what else. There are chunks taken out of it because it’s been used so much. So it was high time for a new mat. Bonus: because this isn’t that horrible dark green, I’ll actually be able to see the lines I’m cutting!