Of course I had to get a copy of Kirstie's book. Me being the sort of person who watches her on Tv and all. (And I created a Category for her just to spite the school counsellor) It's got some good projects in it and I decided to take the plunge with the papercut bauble.
Only first I had to get some equipment. Turns out the cutting mat was a mere £4 and a scalpel £1.20. Then there was the paper...
I'd seen some examples of woodblock printing at a recent craft fair, the paper was lovely and thick and sort of spongy. I wanted me some of that, so went to the local art shop and got some decent cartridge paper, not quite what I wanted, and some watercolour paper. Exactement.
Out with the mat and the scalpel, tracing paper at the ready. Image onto spongy paper, knife in hand and off I went.
A short time later and I wondered what the strange sensation in my fingers was. Pain. My hand had crept down the handle to get a better grip and more control, resulting in the blade making unwanted contact with skin.
Points to note: Watercolour paper is very thick and difficult to plough through, especially for the novice. Scalpels are very sharp and should be held at all times by the handle provided for that very purpose.
All that considered it wasn't a really shabby first go (don't anyone dare contradict that) and from a distance is presentable. It's hanging on the ivy whatsit I bought a bit ago. The one that was in the dining room, but the cat has mauled it so many times it's had to be put on the mantelpiece.
I had further attempts, all much better, with considerably thinner card. I will show those later as they are for the upcoming swap. The watercolour paper hasn't been discounted, I just have to order a heavy duty blade. I will conquer it.