Posts Tagged ‘paper cutting’

Mesmerizing Paper Cuts

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Recently, I came across the ever so detailed, intricate paper cuttings of Elsa Mora and fell in love.  She completes each of her imaginative paper cuts by hand with an X-Acto knife and self healing mat.

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I find the delicacy of her work very inspiring, I think the next paper project on my list is to delve into my own exploration of the craft. If you’re interested in trying your hand at paper cutting we have numerous books at the store to help get you started. Have a flip through ‘Paper Cutting’ for some inspiration-the beautiful cover is the work of Elsa Mora. 

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If you would like to see more of Elsa’s work you can visit her website at www.artisaway.com

 

Happy paper cutting!

-Abby

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Constellation Charts

Friday, June 27th, 2014

I made two Constellation Charts for a friend of mine.  They’re all the constellations that can be seen in the night sky, in Canada, in June and October.

Star ChartsI used the Sumi-e ink on the 6×8″ pieces of Etchu Hagaki for the background.  Using a Metallic Silver Sharpie I drew the oval and the Roman Numerals.  The holes were created using an awl as well as the Martha Stewart Screw Punch for the larger ones.  I then connected the dots with a pencil.

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I liked the subtle look of the pencil on the black ink.  You get a different experience close-up and far away.  I used floating frames to really let the light shine through the holes.

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Jax

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Crafting with Dresden Trims

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Of course I had to wait until after the holidays to post photos of cards and crafts I made as gifts for Christmas this year. I’ve been really inspired by the Dresden Trims we carry in the store. Made in Germany from antique paper moulds, some of which are over 100 years old. We carry a variety of different shapes and colours of these fun paper shapes, most of them covered in gold foil. I was especially taken with the arrow and antler shapes we carry, and worked them into my holiday crafting.

I used the arrow shapes as inspiration for my cards this year. I thought I would play on the idea of seasonal fruits, I chose a pear, a clementine and an apple, and made it look as if a gold arrow had been shot through them! I used Nepalese papers and origami papers to make the fruits. I also made use of the Make Your Own Card packs we sell in the store in a variety of  sizes.

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The results were quite luxurious and rich. Paper cutting crafts can be time consuming, but using good quality tools can help. I made sure I used a self healing mat and a fresh Exacto blade when cutting papers, and I use Coccoina glue sticks for all my pasting. I used the left over Nepalese paper to make an envelope liner for the cards. A simple effective way to customize your cards even more!

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I also made a smaller simpler small gift item using the antler Dresden Trims and some of the wooden shapes we sell in the store. A wooden badge shape and the antlers, with a bit of help from a fine Le Pen, helped me make these cute, very canadian looking fridge magnets!

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These were so simple and easy to made. A dab of white glue and a stick on magnet roll is all you really need. I made a whole bunch of these and packaged them up with little tags for a cute little holiday craft that can stay on your fridge all year long!

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The store is full of little treasures that may inspire you to craft something this year. Being artistic doesn’t need to be complicated, sometimes you just need to find the right materials to work with!

Happy crafting in the New Year!

 

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Easy Silhouettes

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

I made some easy silhouettes of my boyfriend and I for our apartment.  I wanted something simple that wouldn’t contrast any of the other colours in our apartments decor.

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I got black oval frames that already had cut matting inside and painted a gold rim in the centre.

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I used Chiyogami for the background with a cut piece of Moriki Kozo for the faces.

Simple.  Easy.  Classic.

Jax

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So Many Pickles…

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I made a mini art work for my baby nephew.  His name is Dylan and my family has started calling him Dilly or Dill Pickle so I wanted to make something dill pickle themed for his room.

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I used a 6×8″ piece of Etchu Hagaki for the background and cut and pasted Moriki Kozo shaped pickles in Lime.  I used a variety of papers to make the pickle outfits, including Moriki Kozo, Metal Momi, Nepalese (available in-store) and solid colour and shimmer card stocks (available in-store).

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I used the Micron Pens (available in-store) in black to draw the jar, lid, and some of the details on the pickles.  I also used watercolours to paint a light brine in the jar.

Jax

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