Paper Cutting, Random Crafts

Papercutting pleasure!

Papercutting is a trend that is sweeping the crafting world at the moment and I am well and truly obsessed. Most of what I have been doing is practising cutting rather than making anything for a reason. Some of what I have been doing have been for gifts, but I must admit my cutting skills have got better so they may just end up as early prototypes rather than the finished articles! So as a result a lot of what I’ve cut hasn’t yet been shared. But this one I am sharing as a work in progress!

I joined a Facebook group where the idea is to draw your own designs and then cut them … But there is a theme every few weeks to challenge. The theme at the moment is architecture. Now I was completely inspired by a cut that Suzy Taylor did of some cute houses … http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/folkartpapercutsbysuzytaylor (link to her shop). Knowing I had no chance of getting to her standard of cutting I started on my own street…

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After posting the sketch on the group, Suzy politely suggested it may be a bit close in design to her… Which it was… I had completely used hers as inspiration, and whilst no where near her quality of drawing and sketching… So here is the full cut for you to see … Purely to make sense of where this then went!

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Thank you Suzy for the inspiration!

That night I work up thinking about fairy houses in toadstools… No I hadn’t eaten cheese the night before I promise! So the next morning I spend some time in our local cafe sketching… And in the end I came up with this little road full of fairy houses…

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Which was even more delightful when cut!

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No idea what to do with this now I’ve cut it as it’s such a strange shape … But still I love it!

Now onto the main piece of work in progress … My thoughts of fairies have not disappeared (more little toadstool houses in the planning) but i suddenly wanted to draw Rapunzel’s tower and cut that … So sketched, scanned and increased the size a bit (just to make the fiddly bits work) and then cutting commenced whilst watching tv … And in no time at all I was done!

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Now this I have a plan for … An ambitious plan … So will say no more and we shall see what shall become of this!

I am loving sketching and cutting these things even if I have no idea why I am doing it… But my skills have improved no end so I suspect it might be back to the drawing board on the gifts I had already started … Wonder if I can improve some more before I do them though … Ahhhh Christmas is ages away!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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