Thursday, February 24, 2011

February ATCs

The theme for this month's ATCs is "everyday things that surround us". It took me awhile to come up with an idea, but in the end, I thought that I would challenge myself to cut something that would require lots of thin lines. Thus the wire whisk. Thin lines are not easy. I cut two of these, and I accidentally cut through one of the lines on the second one. Ooops!

Okay, maybe an antique phonograph is not a typical everyday item, but it is something that I see everyday and thought it could make a nice cut. I love the sound of these acoustic machines.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Something Funny Is Going On

Here is the latest papercut. I just finished it, yesterday. It is based on another old photo that I dug up somewhere awhile back. It caught my eye because it just looked like something funny was going on between these two. Maybe, the guy just told a really bad joke, and now he is waiting for the girl to laugh. He maybe waiting for awhile. I loved the girl's dress with the tie. The color is just colored paper that I glued to the back of the main cut. I kept the colors simple and few in order to help retain the idea of an old photo.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Lady with a Bag

I found a copy of an interesting old photo in one of my file folders the other day that I thought would be a challenge to make into a papercut. I was drawn to this lady's great handbag. I was pleased with how it turned out. Sometimes when I try to use a photo for reference, I can't seem to make it work.

The papercut felt like it needed some color and a backdrop to finish it off, so I broke out my watercolors. After painting behind the cut, I must have been feeling really brave because I attempted to paint the rest of the photo for the background. I like how the lady with the bag stands out against the grays like she has a new hope for her future.