Here’s another scherenschnitte that I created during the Zoom class that I took.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
I'm taking a papercutting Zoom class this weekend. There is a wide range of skills of papercutting in there. Many people are artists in other media and are new to this. So, I am a little ahead of the game here since I have been papercutting for many years. I am learning some good, new tips along the way though.
The assignment we did today was to take an image we found (or had) and turn it into negative and positive shapes. Since I used a photo out of the newspaper, I won't put it on a nice background and give it the appearance of being a finished work of art that I composed all on my own. But, here's what I did today.
The paper I cut into was a heavy sheet of paper from the back of a magazine. I used it because it was dark on the majority of the paper. The original photographic image was one from the front page of our newspaper this week.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Egg decorating season is upon us. I have had my new dyes and my workspace ready for weeks. I have been working on art lesson plans and felt like I needed to push through finishing that before getting my egg decorating time in.
I bought jumbo eggs from the grocery store, in the hope that they would have harder shells than the smaller ones. I am not sure about that theory now. Boring holes in them to blow out the egg matter, several got nasty, rough-edged holes, almost as big as a dime. Some blew open when I was emptying them. Some came out perfectly. So, I need to search for a better egg than just by size.
My next one is going to be a much harder design from Jane Pollak's book, Decorating Eggs - Exquisite Designs with Wax and Dye.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
At one of my favorite shops, they had a simple metal tree with Mexican milagros on it. I looooooooove it. I do not need it though. The one I saw was exactly like this one from the Sundance shop online.
The wooden ones looked like an easy build so I contemplated making my own. Then it occurred to me that I have many pairs of stained glass earrings that I haven't worn since I retired...and wouldn't they be pretty hanging in front of a window.
So I gathered scrap wood for the base and dowels for the tree trunk and branches.
After guesstimating how to build this tree, I did a little sawing and drilling and then put it all together. My tree is a little off-kilter and wonky but it serves my purposes. I rather like it.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Every year, designing my 3D scherenschnitte (paper cutting) Christmas cards takes FOREVER! I cut designs that I love but they take too long to produce en masse. Here's the one I have settled on to send this year.
I started far away from that design though. After contemplating cutting a fancy covid molecule, my first real attempt was at a Celtic knot, thinking it would be quick and easy. Nope. Not quick and not easy.
Then I went for a beloved image; the matryoshka or babushka.
I took pictures of myself dressed as a babushka to have a model to work from. I liked the design but just could not seem to cut them very quickly. That, plus the fact that when I asked people to tell me what the image was, they called it a Santa. Instead of adding more details to make it look more grandma like, I went to other designs that I just never loved. My Christmas cards are 3D and I was going to sew together the babushka and bunny side with the boy, tree, and house side.
Russian stacking dolls followed that. The face took too long and easily fell apart because it is so delicate. Again, for multiples, it just would take too long. There were multiple iterations of that as I was determined that this was going to be the theme.
Next, we move to birds. This is a delicate and small design. Once again, the intricacy was just too much.
The birds inspired the final design though. Actually, I bought a dishcloth at a Norwegian festival that had a similar bird on it and that is the image that inspired the final designs.
Now I am in production mode. Each Christmas card takes a minimum of an hour to produce....but all made with love and care. All a little bit different than each other.
Monday, August 24, 2020
My sister called me to come visit after they took down a cherry tree. I took several green limbs home and am now regretting that I didn't take far more. I probably got eight spoons out of the lot.
Here's one I finished yesterday. It is being gifted to an old friend who grew up on the property from which that cherry tree grew.
I really like this one. I am working on thinning out the bowl. It seems to me that, out of caution, most folks carve thick bowled spoons in the beginning. Well, at least after they carve holes in them a couple of times. I feel as though I did a nice job on thinning this one out.
And I am happy with the chip carving.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
I carved this coffee scoop in the late spring. It was intended as a gift, though I loved it and wanted it for myself. (I have so few of my spoons that I love, as I give them all away!)
As I prepared carved wooden spoons for gifting, I photographed groups of spoons and let the recipients choose the one they wanted. No one ever chose this one. So, yesterday I decided that it was a sign that this was meant to stay here with me. It is so goofy at how happy I am at a gift from me to me.