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« on: March 08, 2013 10:27:55 PM »

So I just posted about the big art project that I did for the "Art for Arthritis" benefit in my hometown, so I'll paraphrase here. In addition to the big auction piece, the artists and their mentoree artists also create a smaller piece for a silent auction. We made this papercutting, called "Even This Gecko is Meta."

It's (obvs) a big gecko, but all the lacy cut-outs are smaller geckos, each a little different. My mentoree artist came up with the concept and design for this one all on her own! We did the watercolor backing with the same blending technique as the other piece, but in vibrant greens and blues. I stupidly didn't get a pic of the framed final product before it went to auction, but I framed in in a black gallery frame with a wide charcoal outer mat and a thin, dark teal inner mat. It looked really sharp. This one is 18"x18".



Work in progress. We both went through a box of Pac-Man bandaids over the course of these two projects. Smiley I've been preparing a collection of papercuttings for an upcoming show (I'll post pics soon!), and I think I might be single-handedly keeping X-acto and Bandaid in business. Smiley





 
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2013 10:55:14 PM »

Wow, that is amazing! So much detail in the paper cutting and I love it against the watercolor background!
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013 05:14:40 AM »

That is amazing!  I love the fact you used little geckos inside the large one.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2013 06:36:01 AM »

I love this!  The watercolour is so vibrant and the gecko design is fantastic!
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2013 07:05:23 AM »

Another very cool piece! What type of paper do you use for the paper cut portion of the work? I'd be so worried about tearing it if I picked the wrong type of paper. I've always wanted to give papercutting a try, and now that I've seen your work, that desire has been renewed!
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2013 08:20:43 AM »

I used heavy watercolor paper, same as what the backing is painted on. It doesn't tear as easily, but you will probably go through more blades and have to take more breaks, because it's harder to cut through. I used the heavy paper since my mentoree artist had never done this technique before.

When I'm cutting, I generally pull the blade towards me, and I'll use a finger of my other hand to hold down the area from where I'm pulling (does that make sense?), so that the drag of the blade doesn't pull the paper apart. If it does tear, no big deal. Press on a little piece of tape or glue a little paper brace over the tear, then cut away the excess. The map that we did had several braces, oops! Sometimes the blade just runs away from you, lol.

Honestly though, thinner paper is a lot easier to cut because you can move the blade much more fluidly, like drawing a pencil across paper, rather than drawing a knife through a steak.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2013 11:41:58 AM »

Thanks for the info and the tips! I think I have everything I need (well, almost everything... just trying to work up the courage to take the first step!), so I can make an attempt soon... I just got a book all about hand lettering, and it might be fun to combine my attempts at hand lettering with my attempts at paper cutting. And, since I'll be lettering in reverse, I can forgive any goofy looking letters (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!).
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2013 12:57:08 AM »

That is so cool! I love how the little geckos make up the big one!
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2013 05:09:50 PM »

Bravo! A beautiful work born of incredible patience.
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2013 03:50:47 AM »

I ma amazed with your work, congrats.
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