Look what just arrived on my doormat this morning. Will settle down to these later!
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
These are the first few cuts from yesterday's sketch. I thought it would be nice with a coloured background for a change and it suited the strawberry theme too! The cutting is quite hard-going as it's quite heavyweight sketchpad paper, but actually this gives it a crispness that I really like and it sits above the background too, making lots of lovely drop shadows behind.
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 15:00
Friday, 25 June 2010
Having a bad back might have halted cutting temporarily, but it doesn't have to halt sketching. This preliminary drawing is an idea I've got for some new papercut design notelets. Sorry for the not great photo but the scanned version was almost invisible!
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 14:18
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Today is not a good day. I've done my back in - emptying a sandpit (stupid I know). Plus Poppy's got chicken pox. So far only about 16 spots - but only day 1. Still just over a week till the Bar Mitzvah so hopefully she'll be over the worst by then. Terrible timing - so much to do next week!!!
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 15:14
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I've made good progress today, but I feel that this piece is going so slowly, especially compared to the round one I did a few weeks ago. Must be something to do with the awkward leaf shapes and twisty tendrils (what WAS I thinking when I incorporated those into the design?!) Anyway, at least I've completed about two thirds now. I need to start thinking about the outer and inner borders too. Hmmmm...
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 13:50
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Here's another option for a mug. The problem with using companies like Zazzle or Cafe Press is that the shipping is so expensive and realistically no-one's going to want to pay £20 for a mug. What I really need to do is find a ceramics company who's willing to put my designs on their products. Any suggestions very welcome!
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 17:41
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Jonah's Bar Mitzvah is only 3 weeks away now - yikes - when did I get old enough to have a son that age??? Anyway, this is the papercut that I made for him which I've also used as the artwork for the invitations. I was really interested to discover that papercutting is a traditional Jewish craft, so I've tried to use some of the traditional patterns in this papercut.
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 11:33
Friday, 4 June 2010
I've made a start on a new heart-shaped papercut. This time with oak leaves, acorns and ivy, as well as my little flower-gathering birdies of course. I always feel disheartened when I start a new project as I can't quite tell if it's going to be successful or not - so I'm going to try and ignore myself and carry on regardless! The white side is the wrong side. The right side is black.
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 11:43
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
This is my newest piece and is still a work in progress. As you can see, I'm now working on the border which is in a traditional papercut style. So far I've gone through three blades on this piece! The finished piece (including the border) will measure 39cm in diameter.
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 09:44
So sorry for being a completely useless blogger for a long LONG time. But I'm determined to be more conscientious from now on!
I finished this piece last week. I was surprised at how quickly I managed to do it. It only took me a couple of days to do the whole thing.
Posted by Suzy Taylor at 09:39