I mentioned that I had been papercutting again this week and promised to show you the results. The first piece was a card for my Husband, which I can safely show you now we are past his birthday.
It is quite different to the other cuts I had done and not perfect in any way, in some ways a prototype. If I had more time I might have redone the design without the mistakes and with a bit more finesse, but I liked the energy and honesty of the lines and cuts and I think that might have got lost with tweaking. I decided to go ahead with this original, which should have been displayed the other way up (until I remembered the text should have been cut on the reverse!), and chose to mount it on a dark background. I didn't rub out the pencil marks as I was afraid that the delicate paper might rip.
In the end I was happy with the overall effect, it seems to have a calm and peaceful feel to it, and Tim was very pleased with his card (he wants to keep and frame it). I enjoyed this design and think I might have another go, playing around with some ideas and remembering the orientation of the text next time!
'Fairy Picnic' , shown here before it was stuck down, is a gift for a friend who has kindly promised not to look at my blog until after her birthday next week. I was inspired by her love of all things Fairy (she lives in a magical pink house with it's own real fairy visitors) and the picnic set we gifted to her family at Christmas.
I saw no reason why the fairy's wouldn't follow them on their picnic and liked the idea of them sprinkling down magic on to the hamper below.
I was extremely pleased with how this design worked out and hope that she will be too! It was the first time I had tackled such a complex piece out of one sheet of paper, previously I had cut out the individual objects and placed them into a frame once they were completed. I am enjoying learning as I go along and hope that shows in the finished work. There are some more ideas spinning about my head at the moment, so it shouldn't be long before I have some more steps on the learning curve to share with you all here.
# Both pieces cut from origami paper and mounted on 300gsm acid free watercolour paper #