Arting for 365 Day 171: Cut Paper – Celebration

Day 171 (10/16/12): Cut Out  - Celebration

8 x 10″ Layered Cut Outs

Some friends of ours are getting married this weekend. It should be a gorgeous fall wedding as golds, oranges and reds are still hanging tightly to most of the trees.

I think that all of our friends have come to realize that if there is a present to be got, they will be getting art from us. This occasion is no different.

Awhile back we received our invitation to the celebration. It was a 5 x 7″ card in pink and dark brown, with dark brown backing. Upon seeing it I realized I could create some sort of a cut paper design from the card as our gift to them. I wanted to create something that was a piece of art while also reminding them of their big day. Initially the piece had a different backing with much more cut out, but it seemed too ornate. The softness of the pink and the lettering along with all of the curved cut outs was just too much. I opted to back it instead on black and keep the cutouts to a minimum, which I think was much more successful.

There was one thing I neglected to think through with this piece. The boyfriend asked what time the wedding starts on Saturday and I couldn’t tell him. Turns out I cut that part out. 

Arting for 365 Day 146: Holding on to Summer

Day 146 (9/21/12): HOlding on to Summer

~3 x 5″ Ink and Cut paper on

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Things are finally starting to feel a bit more like fall around here and so I’ve really tried to soak up this fantastic weather. During the middle of the day yesterday, I decided the weather was just too gorgeous to not get out and enjoy. I packed up some paper, pens and markers and headed out to do some work in a neighborhood park.

As I sat enjoying the view, I saw one particular tree more majestic and seemingly strong than any around it. The tree had a full head of green leafed hair – not a touch of yellow could be seen. It appeared as though this tree was holding on to summer even as autumn quickly closed in on it.

Arting for 365 Day 116: Cut Outs Turned Jewelry

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

As some of you may know, from time to time over the past few months I have been creating paper cut outs. The detailed, flowing pieces are nice and I generally like them, but I have felt like I need to push the work in a new direction.

For day 116 I tackled the cut paper again. I chose to slice into an old, not-so-fabulous watercolor. This go-round, though, I challenged myself to do something different with the finished piece. I thought about keeping it whole and manipulating it to create a new form. But as I looked at the design more closely, I realized that many of the details would make really great individual pieces for necklaces. I sliced up the original and got prepped to dive into the resin again.

I really like this idea. The shapes are intricate and interesting, and each is an original.

My issue – surprise, surprise – seems to be execution. While I didn’t have near the mess on my hands as I did my first attempt with the stuff, there were some uneven areas and drips. The good news is that every time I take a whack at this resin thing I learn a little bit. So drips be damned! I’ve got a few more ideas up my sleeve to help me figure this process out.

Until next time.

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Arting for 365 Day 101: Fluorescent Cut Paper II

Day 101 (8/7/12): Fluorescent Paper Cut 2Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

You know when you do something and do it again in hopes of figuring out just exactly what you’re trying to do? Well, that seems to be the case with these cut paper projects. What have I figured out? I don’t know exactly except that:

  1. I go through a lot of X-acto blades
  2. My pointer finger ends up a smidge sore
  3. My flip off (aka middle) finger is building up a great callus
  4. The designs, while intricate and lovely, aren’t pushing my brain enough
  5. I need to approach them differently
  6. I’m not exactly sure what “differently” looks like

To be continued…

Arting for 365 Day 89: Cut Paper Abstraction 4 aka: First Official Project in New Studio Space

Day 89 (7/26/12): Cut Paper Abstraction 4Goal: To create one piece of work each day for 365 consecutive days

It is official. I am lucky enough to have landed some studio space at Rendition Gallery, a local joint here in Ft. Collins! I got all moved in yesterday and am super excited and a wee bit nervous for the opportunity to work and show there.

The downside to this big move is that my time spent working alongside Box (the cat) will be greatly diminished. I do, however, gain significantly more human interaction – with really great artists, no less.

My first official, completed project in the new space was this cut paper design. I feel like choosing to do a cut paper piece was a great decision for yesterday. With nerves being a bit high, it was a good way for me to relax and just enjoy the process of creating.

As for Box; his crying upon us getting home leads me to believe he is not as happy with the situation as I am.

Oh – If you’re in Ft. Collins, CO, over the next six months, stop on in. I’d love to see you!

Original piece available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 86: Berry Fields in Cut Paper

Day 86 (7/23/12): Berry Field Cut PaperGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Back roads under cloudy skies

Birds in mid-flight discussion

A cool breeze welcomed through a rolled down window

We travel on, while fields of blueberries ripen

Original piece available for purchase.