For my mom’s birthday this year, I decided to make her a set of note cards. I knew she liked cherry blossoms, and I found this gorgeous handmade paper that was full of them! I used two different colors of paper, originally thinking I would use them both on one card, but it turned out they looked better by themselves – less crowded. And I decided to use two colors of cards, just for variety and because I thought they looked beautiful together as a set.
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This one was new for me, for a number of reasons. One being the treatment of positive and negative space: instead of Person being positive and everything else being negative, this was light and shadow. It meant dealing more with features and details than I’m used to, and I ended up with two complete images, which furthers the whole positive/negative space thing.
Also, I have got to resist the urge to work so small!! These images are ~4×6, which meant that some of the pieces were the size of dust (literally: at one point I thought a piece of dust was one of my pieces) – ridiculous.
I organized a Secret Valentine exchange for my work and we were only allowed to spend $5, and homemade gifts are always appreciated, so I decided to make the card (I also got my valentine a small plant). I made a heart out of like 20 different papers and then collaged them together on the front of a blank card. Happy almost Valentine’s Day!
Also while I was bored at home recovering, I made some portraits of models from magazine ads.
The gold hair girl is my favorite – crazy hair is always the most fun to make.
(Gold Hair and Blue Mom are available if you’re interested)
A friend told me he liked my art, but that he thought it would really only appeal to chicks (which wasn’t the first time I’d heard that). He said if I wanted to make something for dudes it would have to be a girl holding a gun or something. Done.
With all my time staying home recovering from surgery and unable to do much, I decided to make thank you cards for all my amazing friends who took care of me and kept me company. These are all cutouts from scrapbooking paper.
I tore my ACL playing soccer and was a little terrified about surgery. I decided to make a card for my surgeon with a guilt-trippy message about “thank you in advance for making me able to run again” and “I’m so grateful to be in the hands of such a respected surgeon” or whatever, and I put an image of a girl running on the front. The hardest part of this was making so small an image, but it worked out. And he did a good job!