Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Henry Hudson Sails Again

Okay, this is not exactly a paper cut, but I did cut paper to make it. My daughter had to impersonate an explorer in her third grade class last Friday. They had the option of wearing a costume, and that got my creative juices flowing. It is a challenge to think in more three dimensional terms. The hat, beard and collar are all made with paper. I like how they turned out. She ended up being the only student in her class to wear a costume. She was very brave to put it on anyway. She was the best looking Henry Hudson there. It is to bad that the photo ended up so blurry.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mother and Daughter

Sometimes it is fun to cut just a plain silhouette. I should have cut this last week and used it for Mother's day.

Monday, May 11, 2009

May ATCs

This month's ATC theme is "Asian Things". I thought that bonsai trees would make fun papercuts.

I cut the outline of the trees out of the top black paper, and then placed the color paper behind the open cuts. Being the organic things that they are, I used pictures out of some of my seed and garden catalogues for the color. The bowl on the second tree is a picture of asparagus spears.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Robin

I have seen several papercutters who have done cuts of tree branches, and I have really enjoyed the results. I wanted to try it too. Last January, I saw four robins perched in the trees to the side of my house. They had their feathers puffed up against the cold. I liked the way those red feathers contrasted against the bare branches of the trees. "Ah hah!", I thought. "There is a subject for a future papercut." I took a picture and tucked it away for a future project. Last friday was that day. The cut above was the result.
When I was done, I placed the cut in a frame pressed between to pieces of glass. I really am pleased with how it looks in this kind of framing. It is hard to see it in this picture, but the shadows cast by the cut onto the wall add an extra dimension to the cut and makes it look like there are more tree branches. It is a nice effect.

Friday, May 1, 2009


What better way to start a new month then with another fairytale papercut? I cut this one just yesterday. This time I did not try to take a new look at the fairytale but went straight to one the most illustrated scenes of the story. It was still a bundle of fun to do, even so. I have to admit that I would have left out the shoe if I thought I could get away with it. I don't like doing shoes.

Here is Cinderella's fairy godmother. I cut her last year. I tried to be a little more creative with this one.