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Paperwork – the fun kind

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

My papercutting adventures continue. The last couple of days I have been adapting more art nouveau flowers from Polly Pinder’s book and have been cutting the designs from white paper with a craft knife (the pictures below are scans of the actual pieces):

bell-flower on white paper

bell-flower thing

daffodil on white paper

daffodil on white paper

daisy on white paper

daisy on white paper

lily of the valley on white paper

lily of the valley on white paper

tulips on white paper

tulips on white paper

rose on white paper

rose on white paper

In search of inspiration

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Now that I’ve finished the 7MSN laserschnitt piece I am wondering what my next big project should be. But <…sigh…> nothing really leaps out and grabs me like that one did.

So in the meantime while I continue my quest for a new major subject I am just going to keep playing with paper and polymer clay and see what I can discover.

The other day I bought a copy of  “Art Nouveau Flower Designs” by Polly Pinder.

polly pinder art nouveau book

Polly Pinder book as seen on Amazon

I’ve made some papercuts adapted from some of her line drawings:

rose on black paper

rose on black paper

rose2 on black paper

rose2 on black paper

rose3 on black paper

rose3 on black paper

It is very relaxing and therapeutic, cutting paper with a craft knife.

Throw your hands up at meeee

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment

I laughed the other day when I read a description of me as a “struggling artist”. Now I don’t like to brag, but last Saturday I had a stall at a craft fair and made ….

…(drumroll)…

MINUS TWENTY THREE POUNDS!

(Clue: The stall fee was £25.)

In my defence, it did start to snow and sleet shortly after I arrived to set up the stall. So actually there weren’t many customers there to not buy my wares.

If there had been any customers, they might have been interested in the new pieces that I have been developing for Mother’s Day. I’ve been experimenting with inkless handprinting kits (like these), and have made things like phone charms…:

laser-etched handprint wooden charm

This is my actual handprint! On a tiny piece of wood

…and mini (1cm diameter) stud earrings:

laser-etched handprint earring

My other hand! On an even tinier piece of wood

How would a handprint get onto the wood? Here are the basic steps:

Step 1 Wipe someone’s hand with the special wipe

Step 2 Press the hand onto the paper, and marvel at the result

Step 3 Scan the handprint and email it to me

Step 4 I etch it onto a piece of wood

I can even do double-sided pieces of wood, so there could be a message on the other side (or even another hand):

message on back of handprint charm

message on back of handprint charm

This is a sneak preview only; I haven’t put any on Etsy or my website yet. But if you are interested please contact me and I’ll be happy to make one for you.

And don’t worry by the way — although the craft fair didn’t go very well my craft business is actually paying my bills at the moment, and the rest of 2013 is looking very promising :)

Valentine

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Bleeeuuuurgh – it’s Valentine’s day.

Valentine’s Day is really not my thing, but because I love my laser cutter I have created a new design for it to cut out:

K Vincent scherenschnitte valentine card 2013

Valentine scherenschnitt design

Hahaha – I’ve just noticed that if you screw your eyes up and look at this design from a distance, it looks a bit like a devil sticking its tongue out. Not very romantic after all!

Thank you!

February 13, 2013 2 comments

A huge THANK YOU to everyone for their kind comments about the 7MSN scherenschnitt that Linda Carson featured on her blog on Tuesday. I am so glad she liked it, and am sending her the original.

I actually wanted to send it to her for Christmas, but I couldn’t think of a way of saying “Hi – I am a big fan of your blog and want to send you something” without sounding like a stalker, so I chickened out.

My husband thought (thinks) I was nuts for spending so many hours on making a picture about someone else’s blog, but it really did seem to almost create itself. And I loved the idea of creating traditional homestead art by using new technology. In fact, some of the design is so delicate that it would have been impossible to cut with scissors or a knife, e.g. the vine that is trailing out of the cow’s skull:

close-up of vine

Over the last few days people have been asking if they can buy copies of the artwork, so I’ve been thinking about what to do. I don’t want to churn out lots of identical copies, because they wouldn’t feel special. I also don’t want to profit from them without giving Linda Carson something in return. So here is my suggestion:

Remember the giant egg story? Well, I think there is room (just about!) for that egg to appear in the artwork. So what I’m proposing to do is to make a limited number of copies of the “7MSN Laserschnitt”, and for the three eggs (medium, large, and mutant) to appear in a different place in each version. That way if anyone does decide to buy a copy, they will know that they are receiving their own unique piece, and nobody else will have one exactly the same.

scherenschnitte with mutant egg included

egg-sample of how it will look

And of course I will arrange to donate half of any profits to Linda and the herd, because without them I would have just had a blank piece of paper.

18 Feb 2013 update: I have now put some copies on Etsy here