Posts filed under ‘Papercuts’

White on Black or Black on White?

First I would like to apologize for not posting anything for a long, long time. Thank you for being patient with me.

Here are two exact-o knife (papercut) zebras I made with white and black cardstock paper. This goes back to the classic question: are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes?

Black on white zebras

So what do you think, white-on-black or black-on-white?

September 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm 4 comments

Papercut Panda

This is one of the first papercuts I ever made.

Papercut Panda

Here are a few other papercuts I’ve done:

Papercut Bookmarks

Papercut Tree

Papercut Horse on Flowers


June 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm 3 comments

Papercut Cactus

This is a papercut cactus I made years ago when I was first starting in this type of art.

Papercut Cactus photo

May 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm 3 comments

Another Papercut Horse

This is yet another papercut I did of a horse. This one is also colored, this time with markers.

Papercut Horse photo

May 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm 2 comments

Papercut Horse on Flowers

This is a papercut horse I made on a blue background. This one’s a bit different than others I’ve done since it’s colored.

Papercut Horse Photo

Detail of the head:

Papercut Horse Detail Photo

This shows you the size:

Papercut Horse Photo

Here’s an example of papercut art used in a different project to add variety and make it unique: Mini Hardcover Book. Also check out Papercut Tree.

May 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm 2 comments

Papercut Bookmarks

Here are 6 papercut bookmarks I made.

Papercut Bookmarks Photo

Stay tuned for detailed close-ups!

May 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm 5 comments

Papercut Tree

I love to cut paper with X-Acto knifes or craft blades to make pictures! This one is around 6″ by 10″, and has a layered paper background.

Papercut Tree Photo

Detail of the leaves:

Papercut Tree Detail Photo

When making a papercut (the name for this kind of art), I find it helpful to draw the design in pencil on the back of the paper, and cut it on the back as well. Keep in mind when cutting on the back that your design will be opposite on the front. For example, when you cut out words they be backwards when you turn the paper around.

Feel free to check out this Mini Hardcover Book and Mini Beaded Leather Book where I used papercut art in small books I made.

Also if you have any questions or comments feel free to enter them below:

May 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm 2 comments

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Almost halfway with this classic. Much more entertaining and insightful than I expected. Let's pretend I'm standing in front of a rack of spacesuits and am about to be shot to the International Space Station in order to conduct research on interplanetary travel and meet a delegation of aliens.
#skydiving ♫ I believe I can fly... and not die ♫
♫ After jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 feet ♫
#skydiving d r a g o n f l y

Pic taken in the midst of a dragonfly swarm years ago at a soccer park during the sunset. It's a chocolateX4 kind of breakfast today.

1. Rawchocolate cacao spiced milk

2. Cocoa nibs

3. Chocolate covered espresso caramel

4. Chocolate mint tea

Yum. 💚 Why do we have such an obsession to capture and share our lives?

I walked alone by the river this evening. The stream reflected the molten dusk light and the leaves sparkled with recently-fallen raindrops. I stood on the footbridge and watched tiny fish swim in the running water.

Then I had a dangerous thought: This would make a good picture.

Out my phone came. The rest of my wandering was spent attempting to capture the evening's brilliance. Smartphone technology can not capture nature, so I was left unsatisfied.

I spend hours every day staring into my computer under bright white light. This makes these moments in nature special. Even then, I could not escape from my phone. Its harsh light shone on my face as I tried to capture the essence of a glowing patch of green grass in the twilight.

If I only left my phone at home, I would have existed in the moment instead of trying to capture it. I would have experienced nature through my senses instead of pixels.

Perhaps wanting to capture is not a bad thing? Maybe I have this urge because I'm a loner and don't often share walks or thoughts with people?

Who knows. But next time I go on a walk, I may leave my phone behind. What fun it is to sit down and sketch the first draft of a new app mockup.
This how I design an app or software feature:
1. Recieve a brain dump from the person who has the concept. Scribble these thoughts down in bullet point format in one of my many notebooks.
(My current notebook is red with a vintage anatomical heart, which might seem a little goth, but I just intend for it to remind me not to be an emotionless robot in life.)
2. Sketch draft of initial app flow. I don't pay much attention to details at this point. It's intended for a high level proof of concept to make sure the features' structures I in envision in my head will work in two dimensions on the screen.
3. Create the screens as wireframes in the computer. Polish as I go to add detail and fill in gaps from the sketches.
4. Then I send for feedback and we iterate. This is my least favorite part, as often complicated technical questions come up I have to figure out, and I have to think at a high level of detail.
5. I take the final wireframes and create "pixel perfect" designs with color and fonts and pretty layout in Adobe Illustrator.
Then we're done with the mockups! Magic accomplished.
(Please add occasional half-steps for procrastination. To rejuvenate my mind, of course. Heh. That's what I'm doing right now by making this post.) Found in the mental disorders section. Misplaced? I disagree with anyone who sees introversion as a disadvantage. My first Malcom Gladwell book caused my worst sunburn in a while. I read along the river for three hours facing the same direction in full sunlight without suncreen, because I mistakenly think I'm invincible to the sun. I'm still peeling, but needless to say, enjoyed the book. Da fam Second ever family selfie Fun light from office window on Friday morning makes for a fantastic impromptu photo shoot at work.

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