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Topic: Two new papercuttings: Mothers and Winnie the Pooh  (Read 8142 times)
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eakarink
« on: December 04, 2010 07:54:49 AM »

I made these two papercuttings recently. The first one was a gift for my mother; the quotation is from Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet." The second one was a gift for a friend who loves Winnie the Pooh; it was my first time designing the text freehand instead of using a typeface! The first is cut out of an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper and the second one is in an 8"x10" frame, to give you a sense of scale.

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2010 09:18:34 AM »

Lovely, especially the first one. Did you design it yourself? It looks absolutely beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010 10:01:05 AM »

Those are beautiful!  While I love Winnie the Pooh as much as the next person, I have to say my favorite is Khalil Gibran quote.  I had to read it several times to actually get it because its Saturday and I'm slow on the weekends.   Roll Eyes  But I love that tree.  Its beautiful.  Great work!
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2010 10:33:39 AM »

These are fantastic! I love the details in the tree and how well you've done the silhouette of Winnie. The ducks are super cute too Cheesy did you use an exacto knife?
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2010 01:43:53 PM »

These are great. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift!
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2010 08:34:09 AM »

I ADORE the winnie the pooh one!!! so cute!!!  Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2010 03:27:46 PM »

This is super cool!  I really like the swirls and such in the tree! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2010 04:50:59 PM »

what beautiful work, love the first one
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2010 06:18:57 PM »

Oh, stunning!  Incredible work!  Very inspiring.
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2010 10:25:32 AM »

Those are beautiful.
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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2010 02:55:30 PM »

Those are so beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen papercuttings matted and framed so I think that is very neat.
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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2010 06:31:51 PM »

They are awesome! I love the designs of both. Very well executed!
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2010 10:58:26 AM »

Gorgeous! I'm working on decorating my little one's nursery right now and I love this idea.
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2010 03:13:22 PM »

You've given me some great ideas Eakarink - though I'll probably choose some simpler designs.  The great part about paper cutting is that if you get a great message or design together (like your Winnie the Pooh) half your work is already done.
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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2010 05:55:02 PM »

Wow, they are AMAZING!
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« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2010 05:46:10 PM »

My husband gave me The Prophet when we first started dating.  I love the imagery in his writing and I love the tree you made.  They really click. 

Huh, I'm going to have to go pull that book out again.
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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2010 07:27:01 PM »

Oh, wow. I don't even know what to say they are so beautiful!
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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2010 12:49:20 PM »

Uhhhhmazing.  How long did it take to do that tree?  It looks flawless.  And I adore Pooh and that is just too cute.
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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2010 06:53:56 AM »

They are both beautiful!  I'm jealous of your mad papercutting skills!!  They look like something that was perfectly cut by a machine.
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2011 04:46:24 PM »

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! To answer a few questions:

-I generally design my papercuts on the computer, and I usually create the design by arranging images I find online, because I'm not so great at the art part but decent at the layout/design part. For the one for my mother, the tree was based on an image that I found online, and I added the text and the ducks. For the Winnie the Pooh one, I traced a picture of Winnie, but the balloon and text were done from scratch.

-I cut the designs using an Exacto knife, on a self-healing cutting mat.

-I would guess the tree one took maybe 4-5 hours of cutting? The Winnie the Pooh one was a much simpler design and so it probably didn't take me more than 2 hours. It's hard to calculate because I tend to work on papercuttings in bits and spurts -- if I work for too long I start to go a little bit crazy and the knuckles on my index finger get sore!
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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2011 08:01:30 AM »

These are amazing!
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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2012 03:42:09 PM »

 Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2012 12:00:23 PM »

These are great! I specially like the first one.
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« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2012 11:09:12 AM »

I have done german papercutting for 25 plus years. I love your tree cutting. Do you share/sell patterns?
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« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2012 04:48:16 AM »

Great work - my favorite is Winnie and how he seems to be climbing the frame.
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eakarink
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2012 10:35:35 PM »

I have done german papercutting for 25 plus years. I love your tree cutting. Do you share/sell patterns?

Sorry it took me several months to see this -- I'd be happy to share a PDF of the tree pattern for free. Since I don't hold the copyright for the image it certainly isn't my place to sell it. :-) Send me a message if you're still interested!
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