The process of a new paper cut project


I’m working on something that I’m turning into a paper cut piece. I love how it grew from its initial idea to what I will actually use for the paper cut piece, so I thought it would be fun to show that process here.

Last week, in a rare relaxed moment at dinner this image appeared in my head out of nowhere:
tree 1
I immidiately knew I wanted to turn this into a paper cut piece.
I loved the idea, but I wasn’t happy with the tree shape I drew. I’m not very good at drawing (trees), and even though this one turned out ok, very much looking like a tree, it wasn’t the tree for this project. Not beautiful and elegant enough.

It took me a couple of days of thinking about what the tree should look like, plus flipping through my Paper Cutting book repeatedly for inspiration, to find that swirly branches, that I saw in some pieces in the book, where what I loved most. This led me to making the following sketch.
tree 2My enthusiasm grew, but the sketch wasn’t quit there yet. So I started another sketch, this time not a horizontal but a vertical one.
tree 3
LOVE! It reminds a bit of a loopy stem flower I did and in itself it reminds me of a flower too, with a small stem at the bottom and the swirls in the lower part of the drawing seem arranged like a flower.

So this is what I am going to be using for the paper cut piece. I’ll probably make a few, since I have a couple of ideas that I want to try, but I’ll talk about that in a different post :)

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