I nearly finished my second series of leaf cuts and since the interest seemed so big I decided to write more about them and explain a little.
Making art has in my opininon sometimes not so much to do with having good ideas, but with meeting them.
I met my idea in late summer last year, when I moved into a new flat which had a very big old Empress Tree with huge leaves on it standing in the yard. "As big as a sheet of paper", I thought to myself. And they got even more beautiful in autumn when they turned bright yellow.
By chance I stumbled over the art of a chinese art factory, which makes very detailed art on leaves without damaging the veins of the leaf. See an article about this here: gotopublicschool.com/art/natur…
I was very faszinated by that but couldn't think of a way how to do it at that time (actually I found out how they're doing it and I'll try it soon! ^_^). So I was thinking: "Why not making something like a paper cut on the leaf? Won't be as detailed as the ones I saw, but they'll look nice as well!"
So I went into my yard, picked up a nice big leaf and made my first leaf art:
It took me some time to decide on a motive but I wanted to do something linked to nature and autumn and so I decided to do some dears. At first I only cut the motive in the middle but I soon noticed, that it's possible to add even more detail and so I just cut along the veins until the whole leaf was very frail. I put it between some newspapers and put some books on top as I remembered it from my childhood days. Actually it was very nostalgic. ^^"
At first I thought this would be my only work, but then it received so much attention from my friends, that I decided to do another one.
suggested to do a tree next, so I did and it turned out to be my first DD. - Thank you again for that great idea!
Then I thought to myself: Does this work with all kind of leafes? Or are some of them not strong enough to take it?
Actually not one of my favourites...it looks not delicate enough.
One of my favourtie trees are Gingkos. So I really wanted to do something with them. But they are quite small and I was not sure how good you could cut them. So I put not one but many leaves together to form one picture.
They were really hard to cut and I don't think I'll use them again. I didn't get as much detail as I wanted to.
And this was the first series of leaf cuts.
I thought it would be a waste to stop cutting just because it's not autumn any more. So I waited for spring and summer to do some cut's on green leaves. I also wanted to try a lot of different leaves.
The leaf was to small here, I could't do any details.
The biggest challenge ever - cutting a ladybug into a clover leaf!!! (honestly? I cheated a little and added one leaf because I couldn't find one with four leaves^^")
Some kind of lime tree... I really like this cut. In my collection I put a golden plate under it, so it now looks even more like the hand of god.
In light of the upcoming 200 years Battle of Nations Monument festivities and huge pride of my hometown I wanted to make a cut of the monument on a lime tree leaf - the city was named after lime trees.
Last but not least the latest autumn series with faces of different animals that remind me of autumn:
I just love how this turned out! I used a brown calligraphy pen for adding a little brown on strategic points in the face. Actually they turned into a kind of greenish shade after drying and I was a bit upset. But after I fixated it with hairsprai they turned into a dark brown again! YES!
Second DD - thank you very much! The fold on the right side bothers me a little, but it turned out like this while drying, so I cant't do anything... after a request I did another one as comission with the same motive. The border is smoother there.
I thought very long about the meaning of autumn to animals and came up with this motive. I quite like it and I tried leaving out a supporting border for the first time. ^_^
And finally I managed to take some pictured and put them together to a making-off.
Sooo, that's all for now. But there are more to come. I hope you liked my little explanations. ^_^