Sunday, 15 June 2014

3D paper cut buildings

We've had a very busy and enjoyable weekend down in South Devon seeing family and friends, but Sunday evening has, yet again, arrived too soon. It has a horrible habit of turning up when it's least wanted!

It's not been a quiet week craft-wise either.

I'm so happy to have finally framed this paper cut. From finding the perfect shade of olive green to tracking down a suitable-size frame, it took the whole of Saturday morning but I think it was worth it.


It turns out Sainsbury's is a good place for frame shopping! The raised layered mount really suits the paper cut.


I have a to-do list in my bedside table which is where I record ideas for art and crafts which fleetingly pop into my head. I write them down because I'm bound to forget about them if I don't, and when I have some spare time, I work on one.

This idea was for a paper cut resembling knitted fabric. Although I trawled the internet for knitted folds falling in just the right way, I couldn't find anything which matched the image in my head, so I grabbed a jumper, threw it down and took my own reference photo!


It's raised in places because it's not stuck down yet. I can never make up my mind about finishing touches and once an idea's been ticked off my list I move onto the next without spending time on boring bits like mounting and framing!

Another idea is this 3D architectural paper cut, inspired by the amazing creations of by Marc Hagan-Guirey of Paper Dandy. This style of paper cut involving folding is known as 'kirigami'. My first one was small and a little rough (you can see the lines from incorrect folds in the top two small buildings), but it left me full of ideas for more.


The next one I cut was a little more ambitious, but my measuring let me down, making it a bit wonky!


Can you see the cuts extending from the tops of the buildings on the right hand side? Well, they shouldn't be there!


They look lovely with light coming from behind them. Here's a photo including my mitt for scale.


 Below is how they start life, on a flat sheet of paper with lots of measuring involved!


I'm not finished with them yet though, watch this space for more!

While at Mum and Dad's this weekend I 'borrowed' their scanner and printer to prepare my next design ready for paper cutting. I drew it out by hand on a piece of white A4 paper, scanned it in, and printed it out on dark blue. I find it easier to draw designs out first on rough paper so that any rubbings out don't damage the good quality paper. If they're A4, it's then easy to copy them onto the chosen paper for cutting.


Finally, I'll leave you to ponder what I could possibly do with these tiles and glue! As an art and craft blogger I've been invited to take part in a mosaic competition by Topps Tiles who sent these materials out to me to play with. I'll be working on my entry this week and hopefully including it in next week's blog post!


I'm linking to today's post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour, Weekend Doings, Be Different Act Normal and Manon Popje's Illustrations.

13 comments:

  1. Brilliant as ever Clare. Love the paper cut house, would love to see St. Basils Cathedral done like this, may just have to commission you x As for the Topps tiles, Lego springs to mind, i don't know why or how, look forward to the next blog, have a good week x

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  2. I love the paper cut house. You have such an eye for detail. It looks brilliant in the back lit photo.

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  3. Awesome talent Clare, it must take lots of patience to do this craft. I like your knitting one, a very original idea.
    Visiting you via your link from Martha's Slow Blog Linky xx

    linda-dawn-designs.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Just popping over from Handmade Monday to say hi. Your papercut buildings are amazing!

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  5. Your work is beautiful and awe-inspiring!:-) Will be looking forward to seeing the results of your mosaic.

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  6. Fantastic paper cutting and I think you did a beautiful job with the 3D art very effective.

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  7. Beautiful paper crafts. Your 3D paper cutting projects are so impressive and inspiring. I love how they look with the light coming through they windows. Amazing!

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  8. Your work is jaw-droppingly amazing. You are so talented, and adding folding as a dimension to your work is so clever.

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  9. Gosh, these are all so brilliant, I love the details in the heart, the frame and mount set's it off lovely, the supermarkets are great for frames. The 3d is lovely with the light behind it, it's very cleverly done :)

    Jan x

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  10. Wow, wow, wow! I wish I had your talent and your patience :)

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  11. Thank you for all your lovely comments! I'm cutting the world design at the moment, it's fiddly to say the least! Hope you're all having a great week :)

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  12. Thank you for all your lovely comments! I'm cutting the world design at the moment, it's fiddly to say the least! Hope you're all having a great week :)

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  13. Wow I am totally amazed. I have seen them float by on Facebook but did not have the time to have a really good look. I love what you have done here and I must have another go at cutting a pattern you make it look so easy and I know it isn't. I love every single thing Clare, thanks for sharing. Happy belated Paper Saturdays!
    ManonX
    Oh and if you email me your address I will send you one of my zines :)

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