Cosmos with morning glory, the final version

I made this watercolor/paper cut a couple years ago. I entered it in an exhibition shortly after I finished it.  When the show was over I  kept it wrapped for almost a year and only recently I removed the warping. … Continue reading

Wild Orchid watercolor/ paper cut

My latest watercolor/ paper cut “wild orchid” 20″x22″ is my most intricate one to date which took many days to compete but i really enjoyed the process because with each cuts my thought was just focus on what is in … Continue reading

Watercolor paper cut with shadow

Today with the temperature drops to -30C and is the coldest day of the year so far. However on the bright side, the sun is out. I took advantage the bright light to take some shots of my watercolor paper … Continue reading

How a simple idea expanded

Last week, I was making some bookmarks mainly try to use up some of the small strips of paper I had saved in my studio. Somehow my simple paper cut bookmarks started to expand and more ideas unfold:

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At first, I made some bookmarks using the image of Dahlias and then I started to expand into paper cut pop up cards.

Here is the first one I made.

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Almost as soon as I finished the first, as I was looking at it and feel the need to make it better for the next one: instead of having the whole flower pop out, I let only the center part as the pop up part. It seems to make it more three dimensional.

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This morning, I decided to make envelop to go with the bookmarks and cards.

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A book of three seasons

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During the recent move of my studio, I unearthed  some of my old art works which were  done my art school days. One of them were the little  booklets of how to use the school l library. One day, I found them outside the library in a boxful of them as discard. They are less than six inch square with twelve pages. I immediately attracted to them because of the size and picked up a large handful as not to let them end up in the landfill.

I created a different screen images for each page and  printed in one color except for the centerfold with two. My finished remade booklets were popular with my classmate which I had given most away.

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I was delighted to found the few remaining copies of the booklet  in my studio. Right away, I wanted to give it another make over.

My slow studio move took over six months started in winter, spring and into summer. During these times, each night after supper for relaxation I would work on my paper cut on the little booklet. Sometimes, I would worked on it few night in a row but then stopped for days or even week without  touching it.

Eventually when my move was done  I was able to finished the little booklet as well.

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paper cut on book

 

Drawing with my knife

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I been getting rather ambitious with my paper cutting. I wanted to see how  fine the cutting I can get. This latest paper cut of the Kingfisher I able to cut out some very fine lines as thin as pencil lines. It is like drawing with just my knife. I am happy how this turn out.  this piece is 8″x11″

It takes money to makes money

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Last year, I got a half five dollar bill as change while shopping. I didn’t realize until I got home. L figured it was useless just put it away.

When I was preparing my arts for last weekend art fair I came across that half five dollar bill again. Instead of thinking I was cheated I decided to use it to make art. .

This year at the art fair, I was showing my recycled art from coffee cups, shopping bags and boxes I collected from the recycle bins. I thought that half five dollar would fit right in with the recycle theme. I made a paper cut of a loon which is a Canadian icon and it is on the dollar coin and Canadian dollar often called Lonnie. I was quite happy this tiny 3”x3” money paper cut turned out and I sandwich it with two pieces of glass and put in a 6”x6” frame I made with corner frame samples I saved.

It was one of the first arts I sold at the art fair. An American tourist loves my recycled arts and my story behind that half five dollar bill. I made a great return on that half five dollar bill, better than any investment promised by Bernie Madoff