Sunday, 11 May 2014

A stack of animals and a paper cutting tutorial

Hello everyone, happy Sunday!

Yesterday I joined a paper cutting group on Facebook run by Suzy from Folk Art Papercuts. A new paper cut theme will be set every few weeks for everyone to work on and we'll share our sketches, progress photos and final pieces with the group.

For the first challenge we were given the theme 'stacks of animals'. I sketched mine out yesterday and began cutting it today, here's how it looks so far.

paper cutting

There's quite a bit more cutting left to do around the edge, but I'm really happy with the animals in the middle. I'm used to cutting patterns rather than pictures, so it feels strange to cut such large sections.

The whole teetering stack is supported by a turtle and chicken.

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This reminds me, I need to cut out some seeds for the chicken to peck! There's a little spider lurking in the undergrowth too...

paper cutting

This week I've also been busy working on a paper cutting tutorial for Hope and Chances Creativity's blog. It's the first guest post I've ever done so I was keen to get it right! If you'd like to have a go yourself, you can download my free paper cutting template here and pop over to Hope and Chances Creativity for instructions on how to use it. This is the what you'll end up with (fingers crossed)!

free paper cutting template

The other project I've managed to finish this week is a series of mini heart paper cuts which I started back in the middle of April. This one is to go on our wall so it's taken a back seat while I've been doing a couple of commissions. Here's what it looked like unframed.

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And this is it finished.

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The box frame was one we picked up at a car boot sale, full of dried plants!

I'll leave you with this photo taken today on our walk along the South West Coast Path through Bucks Woods, near Bucks Mills in North Devon. It was carpeted with bluebells - beautiful!

Bucks Woods, Bucks Mills


I'm sharing this post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour, Be Different Act Normal, Sunny Simple Life and Tatertots and Jello.

9 comments:

  1. WOW WOW WOW! I have had a little go, inspired by you. I have posted a mini tutorial for my very meagre effort! I will have to practise for years to get anywhere as good as your pieces tho! Loved your guest blog. Thank you once again for such an inspiring post. Giraffes are totally my fav animal so this one is particularly appealing!

    Jen x

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  2. I agree with Jen, your tutorial is so easy to follow, I too am going to have a go at it. Thanks for the inspiration. I have been busy doing cards today, hoping it will rain tomorrow so that I can go down my shed and have a go instead of mowing the lawn haha.!!
    I found you from Christines blog so will be watching you from now on. I love the animal stack
    Sue x

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  3. Your animal stack is brilliant. So much to look at. Bluebell photo is great too. I must go and find some before they are over.

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  4. These are so dainty and beautiful - I wish I had a steady hand, to be able to do things like this! Chris x

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  5. WoWza - the animal piece is going to be AWESOME !!!! Great tutorial and thank you for the template. I might have a go at this (when I am feeling nice and calm hahaha !!)
    The picture of the woods is gorgeous - that's one thing I really miss !!

    Hugz
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  6. Your work is top notch! Could never do that, mine would have tape all over it.. Love the bluebells. x

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  7. wow, you must have so much patience! I love your giraffe in particular one soooo much! :)

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  8. Your animal stack is gorgeous - it would make a perfect picture for a child's bedroom. I love your framed hearts too.

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