(Following on from yesterday’s post, here is more info about my “7MSN Scherenschnitte” project)

To create the images, first of all I had to select a picture that I liked, and then  hand-trace the outlines. (I wish I had software that automatically created silhouettes! On the other hand, that would feel like cheating.)

k20121212 outline of 7msn image - compressed

(Here is the original: http://www.the7msnranch.com/2011/08/one-piece-at-time.html)

Then I filled the outlines with black just to see what they would look like when they were finished:

k20121212 outline of steve the turtle(This is of Steve the Turtle)

Then I juggled the pieces around until they started to look OK:

First draft of 7MSN
First draft of 7MSN

Things from the blog to look out for in the papercutting:

Willie, Honey Bunny, Rooster ornament
Willie, Honey Bunny, Rooster ornament
Chickens eating birds and mice
Chickens eating birds and mice
Coyote fence, skulls, mouse
Coyote fence, skulls, mouse

(I sneaked the alien skull in, because on the 7MSN front page it looks like Alan’s nose has got an evil skull painted on it):

Alan's alien nose
Alan’s alien nose
Hank, Wynonna, chicken eating tarantula
Hank, Wynonna, chicken eating tarantula
Alan, heron, swift
Alan, heron, swallow
Lucy
Lucy
Smooch, Linda/Carson, George, Deets
Smooch, Linda/Carson, George, Deets
Lyle, Steve the turtle
Lyle, Steve the turtle
7MSN gate
7MSN gate

and the suspicious-looking ‘Art Nouveau branches’…

"Art nouveau branch"
“Art Nouveau branch”