Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Creating a repeated pattern

So we do this in Photoshop, tiling (tutorial coming soon) but here is a great #skillshare video showing how to do it by hand. A great share, thank you Skillshare

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Papercuts - Framing tips - Superglue

Did you know that superglue is used in forensic investigations? It's true. Husband watches far to many programs on the Crime and Investigation channel, this is how i know this. The fumes of superglue fog up and adhere to blemishes and grease spots on an object and can help lift fingerprints. See here if you want to give it a go.

I also know this from personal experience. I glue most of my pieces with thick superglue and on occasions I have hastily framed a newly finished piece. The result, foggy glass.

Not a disaster as the powder can simply be wiped off with a rag and polished away.

But I would recommend, to save you the bother, leave for at least an hour, overnight if possible before framing your cut.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Meet Sakura - revisiting an old friend and tackling infills

Meet Sakura
A business assosiate of Rob's (husband), a lovely lady who helped me with some HR advice last year, commissioned me to produce a papercut version of a digital illustration that I made for Heidi's nursery in 2013.

The design never considered the closed paths that papercutting requires so there was a wee bit of adjustment but overall I am very happy with the cut. In fact it's my new favourite. I was always fond of the illustration but it was a little crude, I am not master of Illustrator and my formal graphic design training was minimal.

I cut the design from a piece of 160gsm smooth white card, as a negative cut, removing all sections of detail rather than cutting away the negative space. The blossoms were infilled with pink 120gsm paper and rather than struggling with my cocktail stick and wanderlustful superglue, I secured the infills with slivers of masking tape. (thank you to Paper Panda and By Charlie's Hand for that revelation! and seriously join the Papercutting groups on facebook, an education and social life rolled into one!)

I then superglued my firm favourite, kraft card, to the back of the piece, dotting superglue over the masking tape slivers too for extra security.

Client wants to piece mounted so her friend can chose her own frame.

Here are the pictures of the original print, through to completed conversion into cut. Links to papercutting groups at the bottom.

Sakura Digital Illustration available as print only £4

Negative cut Sakura - cherry blossom
Infills, secured with masking tape 
Detail of negative cuts
Papercutting Groups on Facebooks: Advice, support, inspiration, chats, hints and tips.

Papercutting Hideaway,

Papercutting and Paper Craft, Trainee - Expert,

We Love Papercutting

Friday, 27 February 2015

Easter Egg Templates

Here is a freebie - free for personal use.

I'll post more designs as I create them.

Print off and cut away the grey. Hopefully this will keep your hands busy and away from those tempting foil wrapped chocolatey goodies that have been in the supermarkets since Valentines Day!!

This first one is great for beginners.