Early in January I thought I’d give the art of papercutting a go, because I had a silhouette image in my mind’s eye and wanted to bring it to life in something other than pen and ink. Despite the title of this post it’s actually paper and a really sharp knife that you need; those, plus a cutting mat (and a pencil, if you’re not brave enough to cut freehand), are all the equipment you need for this craft.
Oh, and patience. Lots of patience.
So I drew the image I wanted, then traced it onto the back of the card I wanted to cut (this way you don’t need to worry about trying to rub out lines on what will eventually be quite a delicate piece of work). Then there was nothing left to do but cut! It did take a while, and I had stiff fingers and a sore back by the time I was done, but oh my it was worth it. It was mounted on a piece of Bockingford watercolour paper (which has a lovely texture) and put into a simple IKEA frame.
That first one was called ‘Shiba Moon’ and I took my inspiration from a drawing my father did (which you can see here – and another piece, gocco printed this time, which it inspired is here), clearly evident in the tree and the general style. This piece sold within a couple of days (yay!) and is now somewhere in the USA.
I then cut another design, this time mounting it on a pearlescent purple.