is really, really messy. that is in the best possible way. i have been working steadily on a series of eight new papercuts. i find it really hard to get myself started on a new project, but once i start, getting into work mode everyday is easy. the only problem is that the cutting process is really hard on my hands. i can draw for eight hours a day and feel fine, but have to limit myself to cutting for no more than four hours a days, so i don’t end up crippling myself.
so i end up trying to tackle the most intricate drawing first and then stagger the easier ones in between, as a sort of instant gratification. the process starts with lots of drawings that i use as templates for each cut.
the drawings then get attached to a nicer sheet of paper that will become the final cut.
a few months ago i made the financial investment into a full sized cut mat that fits over my table, and it is worth its weight in gold. once i have finished with the cut the template in unusable again, but i am never quite sure what to do with them, as they are quite lovely on their own.
and then there is the finished product. i have completed four and have four left to cut. i drew them all out before cutting to try and keep some consistency amongst the group.
so now i am off to finish writing a narrative for a grant application. it will be a nice rest for the old hands. especially since i recently had a knitting breakthrough and understand basic lace patterns and spend all of my evening time knitting myself a purple beret!! check out more creative spaces at kootoyoo.