January 27th, 2014
A friend suggested making paper cut hearts using black paper instead of red, and it led the designs in a completely different direction than the previous ones. I used triangles as the repeating shape within the form of a heart.
The first version has randomly cut triangles. I cut these freehand without a ruler or drawing anything other than the outline of the heart and lines to centre things on the page.
Cut paper heart made of triangles on Etsy »
With the second design I decided to go with a more structured pattern of triangles working from a centre point within the heart. I drew lines radiating from the centre point and used a ruler to guide me as I cut. The end result makes the heart seem shattered. Take from that what you will…
Abstract cut paper heart on Etsy »
January 20th, 2014
I’ve been productive since my last blog post, with three more paper cut hearts available in my Etsy shop. Valentines Day sure has been inspiring this year.
A heart of leaves »
A heart of curves and crescents »
A heart of many shapes »
Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and is cut by hand from a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock.
January 10th, 2014
Earlier this week I was feeling uninspired and not really sure what I wanted to do next with my paper cutting work. At the same time an upcoming project unexpectedly went on hold so I decided to take the time to play and explore ideas for Valentine paper cut pieces. This is something I mean to do every year but I never make time for it. I don’t have any special feelings about Valentine’s day, but I do love the colour red.
I’ve had this idea of a paper cut heart in my head and it felt so good to get it out. I drew the outline and freehand cut the design with an xacto knife. The heart is roughly 4.5″ x 6″ on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of card stock paper.
Making time to play with a simple side project, and to work with coloured paper rather than white, was just the thing I needed to get inspired.
The paper cut heart is listed in my Etsy Shop as an unframed original. I plan to create a few variations of more hearts as I have time.