I took a lot of time off over the holidays since the boys and my husband were home for a couple of week and we were super busy with family stuff. While the time off was nice, by the end of winter break I was starting to feel cranky from not making any art! Still, getting back to the studio this week I've felt kind of aimless and had trouble getting back in the swing of things. I decided to combat my bad mental soundtrack of "I'll never have any more ideas or ever make any good work again" by just playing with some collage bits and making something just for fun. I've been wanting to do an illustrated alphabet for a while, so I started there, with E for elephant. We'll see what come next!
This is the seamless repeat pattern that these papercut icons turned into! It's my submission for the upcoming Spoonflower contest, with the theme of Kittens in Mittens. I scanned the pieces, along with some handmade textures, and then built the pattern in Photoshop. It won't be available for sale in my shop until I order a test swatch.
Have you wanted to try your hand at hand papercutting, but didn't know how to get started? I've added the first design in my new line of downloadable hand papercutting patterns to my etsy shop! Pretty much all you need is an exacto knife, paper, and a self-healing cutting mat to get to work. Lovebirds is sweet, easy-to-cut, and adorable in a frame. The digital download includes a pdf pattern sheet along with a sheet listing materials and packed with my cutting tips and tricks. More pattern designs will be added soon! Please note, this is a digital download, not a physical product.
Don't want to cut by hand? Check out my SVG cutting file here to use your Silhouette Cameo or other home cutting machine.