Having seen my paper cut pictures (see the pictures in Art Challenges 13 and animated in Art Challenge 15) my friend asked me to create a paper cut picture for her twin daughters. I said that I would but that i did not know when it would be. I let the concept work itself through in my mind and then one day in my studio having come across a die cut word ‘Twins’ I decided to create the picture. The twin girls are just 18 months old, but I felt that if i reflected baby aspects in the design that it would be redundant in just a few years. Instead I decided to make the design timeless, girly and hopefully as cool if they look at it at 5 years old as 15. Much beyond that I can’t account for or extrapolate what their experiences will be. I first added a background then started to create and add girly elements to the die cut word, roses, sunglasses, guardian angel wings, princess crowns, hearts and some more general happy days symbols kites, flying, hot air balloon, sunshine, stars. I added words from the Simple Stories craft paper ‘wonderful’, ‘sweet’ happy’ and so on. I added some glitter paint in places. Having chosen, cut, created and stuck everything down I then started to think about the background and what colour and texture would work best. I found that no one colour worked behind the whole word so I tried putting two different sheets together and after trying many combinations I felt that pink and apple green worked best. I also quite liked that there were two colours as after all the girls are two people and individuals. Having stuck the word onto the paper (really hope it stays stuck.) I then started to think about how to add the girls names into the design in a non-cheesy way.
After much practice ands feeling fearful of messing up the Simple Stories paper I had selected I painted the girls names. This was quite a step forward to mix painting with my paper cutting, I am normally afraid that I will spoil the picture. I chose a white frame for the picture and will be giving it to my friend this afternoon, I hope she likes it and that the girls can appreciate it throughout their early years.
Thank you for viewing this post, if you haven’t already seen my Beach Huts, Ski Chalet and Allotments paper cut pictures you can see those in Art Challenge 13. If you would like to see further art challenges please subscribe to the blog, or if there is someone you know that would like to see the blog please share it with them. Many thanks, Kim x
The amount of detail in each of the paper cut pictures meant that I wanted to find a way to enable people, who weren’t able to see the original pictures in real life, to be able to zoom in and see the features. If you haven’t seen the blog post that was Art Challenge 13 – Paper Cut Pictures you can enjoy it at this link. I wanted to move elements of the pictures to bring them to life, but having glued all the picture aspects in place I was too late. I therefore decided to animate the pictures through the choice of stills I used and also by drawing the viewers attention to aspects of the picture by using relevant sound effects. The first picture I animated was the allotments picture, I was keen to keep the animations short and to the point so that the viewer would hopefully keep watching to the end. You can watch each of the three movies by clicking on the images below – they are all around one minute long.
The second picture I animated was the ski chalet, I found this less charming as there weren’t as many ‘characters’ birds and so on, as in the allotments.
It was some time before I could gather the courage to animate the beach huts picture. As this picture was the first paper cut picture I created I was afraid of an animation that did not do the picture justice. I was worried but am pleased with the result. With all of the pictures the choice of music and sound effects is so key to the atmosphere created in the videos.
How I Created The Animations I used the Stop Animation app on my iphone to photograph each picture. Then added the video to Apple iMovie and titles, sound effects and finally the sound track. I am proud of the paper cut pictures and hope that more people can enjoy the detail of them through these short animated videos.
A couple of months ago I created three pictures from cuttings of the lovely patterned including paper by Simple Stories. The first picture was inspired by a visit to the Lincolnshire coast, Chapel St Leonard’s to be specific, where I was enchanted by a wonderful row of brightly coloured beach huts.
The second was a ski chalet, inspired by our visits to the resort of Courchevel in Les 3 Vallees in the French Alps. The third was inspired by the allotment sheds that I see on countryside walks near my home in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
I wanted to share these paper cut pictures on the blog as they are art works that I am very proud of and as they grew and developed on the paper were a delight to create. Secondly I wanted to show them as I have been working on an Art Challenge which refers to them.
With each of the pictures I started with no vision of what I would create but built the pictures up piece by piece as I went along. In doing so I was able to layer aspects of the picture, add something, replace it if i liked. I enjoyed the freedom of the medium to be able to change and tweak the pictures and add aspects as they popped into my head. Something that I don’t feel would be possible with painting unless you were using oil paints and they had chance to dry in-between.
Each of the designs features a small white dog, sadly our Maltese Terrier Sam died after I had created the first picture so I added him, then featured him in the chalet and allotments pictures as a tribute to him.
I was delighted with the results and proud to display them, I also had some bags, mugs and t-shirts made with the first design of beach huts which were gifts for friends and family. I also added the designs to products at my Zazzle Shop – click on the link to go there.
I will be posting short, (1 minute) animations of each of the pictures. If you would like to see those please revisit the blog next week or subscribe to receive a notification of when they are posted.
I really enjoyed creating the pictures and the nostalgia of the scenes, if others can enjoy seeing them that is wonderful.
I have been trying to find a space to use as a creative studio. I think that if I traced back to where I started trying to find this space I recon I would be going back around 15 years. The idea has had a few different visions over that time and I thought recently that this was a new desire until I found something I wrote in 2007 that stated I wanted a studio space. That surprised me and I realised how long his had been bubbling under the surface and working its way to the top of my agenda.
Anyway it’s there on the top of the water now, in hypertension and it’s starting to become a reality. Like most of my searches it gradually took me to Google, but I didn’t want an office space, a room in a business building, a hot desk, I knew what I didn’t want, but knowing what I did want took a bit more figuring out. I didn’t want an urban space, built up, hemmed in, I wanted green spaces. I wanted freedom to explore my creativity but didn’t want to be surrounded by accomplished artists who knew exactly what they were doing and where they were headed.
I decided to get local and as I packed away to clear the kitchen table of my work at he end of another day, before everyone arrived home, I thought how nice it would be to be able to leave my work out, to be able to make a painty mess and not get distracted by household distractions.
I searched for ‘workspace rural location’ and switched the results to Google Images, I was greeted with images of a delightful old building, which wasn’t far from my home, had a space available and was affordable. Ah I thought, what is the location like… so I zoomed in on Google Maps and saw green, lots of green, right next to the building. The building dates back to the 19th century, was built as a school and is now a social enterprise and is next to a park which was created from a former mining site.
The building is lovely, has a working clock tower on the roof that still tells the hour. Although it was stacked high with boxes I knew which room felt right and after a week or deliberation, asking for signs, consideration, excitement and then fear I got to the point that I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t take the room and the opportunity it presents.
So I have staked my claim on the room and we are agreeing when I can get in there and get creative, firstly creating my environment, which is already taking shape in my mind and on paper.
This is so exciting for me, I love how it feels so good and so right. The more I allow myself to be creative the more my mind is delivering me ideas, pictures, innovations. It’s like it has been waiting to wake up. It feels like I am getting back to my life, I have had a great time and enjoyed a great journey but this journey is for my soul and it feels like I am full up with enthusiasm.
Here are is my artist’s impressions, how exciting – being the artist, I have thrifty at my core so keen to make use and create from existing furniture and resources.
July 2015 – 9 months on from writing this post I have enjoyed my studio very much in 2014 but then my knee injury in January 2015 meant that I spent more time at home that I possibly ever have in my life since I was a child. I loved the safe, closed door, lockable sanctuary in which to nurture my art, confront my fear and see if art was the right path for me.
Here is my studio at its best when I was so in love with the space and the opportunity it provided.
Gradually as I spent weeks on end at home my art materials moved gradually back to our house and art sometimes became a group activity, but it was always convenient. I would get out the plastic table cloth, create, paint, and then wash up and put it all away. I felt safe at home and as I needed to be doing so many exercises and then icing my knee the rest of the time I got into the space. For the first time since moving here 7 years ago I feel truly settled and at home in the space.
So now I can drive again, I can go to my studio, it’s there for me but I don’t feel like I can be bothered to drive the 5 miles and all the materials I would use are here anyway. Which then makes me feel bad, although the it’s great to feel settled I feel that this experience has taken that space away from me.
So my question is, is it about geography, would I use a studio closer to home, or should I get a fancy shed and use that, or do I need to have a clear out to accommodate the other things from my studio and then work from home. I guess there is a social element to the question too, but I didn’t experience the buzz in my studio building that I had envisaged.
I know the room needs a sink to wash things, and a hard floor so I’m not have paint on carpet concerns, and there needs to be a buzz and space for people to join me for art sometimes. I don’t know if I’ll continue to want to spend some much time as home as I get stronger and to more normal mobility.
There is a room in a stable block of a local stately home, with a high ceiling, sink, hard floor, stable,door onto a courtyard where visitors will come seasonally. That is more money, but a bigger space and less than half the distance of my current studio. I have a viewing tomorrow, I’m not sure whether it would be right or whether I don’t even need a studio. Would I go to that more as its nearer, would it inspire me as people were visiting, popping by, there are other creatives there?
Well enough time pondering now I am going to do some art, as after all that’s where my pleasure is. Grateful for any comments or thoughts on this decision.