Now Available! Paper Cuts: 35 Inventive Projects

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 4:24 PM 0 comments
Hey! Do you guys remember a while back when I said I was going to be in a book on how to papercut? Well, it's available now! I actually don't have one yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Here is is, "Paper Cuts: 35 Inventive Projects"

It's a compilation of 35 different papercut projects, 8 of which are mine! I'm super excited to see it. Let me know if you got the book and if you like it or not. This is one of the projects I submitted. I gave it to the publisher for photographing and need to make another one because it's sure cute.

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Template Tuesday - Lion Hearted

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 1:00 AM 0 comments
Okay, before we get down to brass tacks, I've got a question to ask of all of you. At the gallery/children's museum that I'm going to be showing my work at really soon, they are going to have a little section where the kids can go and try their hand at paper cutting. I am coming up with the artwork for this portion as well. My question is, what do kids love nowadays? I think when I was a little girl, I would have loved to cut out princesses and bunnies. What is hip with the younger crowd these days?

Now, on to the template. Boy, it feels like forever since I've done one of these. Here's one I did this weekend. I didn't have anything to reference when drawing the big cat, so I'm imagining he's more of a leopard than a tiger or lion.

Here's what the template will look like. I think the most difficult part will be the hands and the leash. Just remember to cut from left to right (right to left if you're left handed) so that you can see what you're cutting.

Download your free template here: Lion Hearted
Don't forget to write in your suggestions for what kinds of things kids would like to cut out!

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Winter Wonderland

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 9:10 PM 0 comments
Today I went to the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum to prepare for my upcoming art show there. Dana and I spent the whole day preparing the gallery.

When it was lunch time, we decided to try out the Bruges Waffle's & Frites place that I had heard about. Dana got one of the waffles and shared it with me and let me tell you, if I could bury my face in one of those waffles every Saturday for the rest of my life, I would be so happy. We each got a medium fry and their medium fry is NOT like McDonald's medium fry. We should have shared.

Then it was back to work! This is Dana. She is the one who is responsible for this whole event. I was having my show at the Masonic Temple and she came up to me and asked me if I would be willing to do one at the children's museum. I thought she would maybe call me a few months later, but no, she called right away and now here we are. One of the walls was a 90s yellow color and here she is painting it blue.

Kim! Kim came by after her date (I'm not going to tell you about it) and we put her to work. Here she is denuding the branches. We're going to spray paint these white and hang them from the rafters.

Here's a long view of the gallery. I'm kinda nervous about the whole thing.

Here's one set of windows. It's hard to see what it looks like because of the sparkly lights on the trees in the background.

This one is easier to see. This is the doorway to get into the place. The trees look better from the outside in the daytime and better from the inside during the nighttime.

The window beside the elevator. It was the last one and I had lost all my desire to paint another tree and then I got a second wind and got 'er done.

The window with the squirrel.

The first window on the left. There were 6 of these size windows and one door.

A good day's work. I hope that everyone can come to this show. It's going to be super fun. It opens to the public at Gallery Stroll on the 19th of February. There will be a kid's room where they can cut out their very own scherenschnitte. It should be very kid friendly. More information to come!

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No Excuse

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 8:52 AM 0 comments
Ugh! I'm so sorry that I haven't posted anything lately. The holidays were crazy and life in general was just plain crazy. Things are calming down now. They're also not calming down. I have a gallery show coming up in February that I'm crazily getting ready for (more info to come). I promise I will be better though!

Also, if you live in the Salt Lake area and have always wanted to learn Letterpress Printing, my friend Eva is teaching a class. It's a great price and a fun lesson to learn and I would suggest if you have the time to take advantage of this opportunity!

Sycamore Street Press :: Introduction to Letterpress :: Valentine's Class

I am hoping to be able to take the class! If I can't this one then definitely next one!

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