Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Woodland Rabbit Lantern


This project is slightly different to other items that I made before, although maybe not too much.
 Sunday was World Book and Copyright Day and, of course, when we went for a walk, it was only natural that we ended up in a bookshop.
Among different autobiographies, books telling you how to make your life better, or how to train your cat(I know, I don't quite believe it's possible either), I couldn't help myself and brought two new 'crafty' books home.
This <click> is one of the books and I decided to start from an 'easy' project - the lantern.

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I have tried papercut techniques in the past, the first time probably being in primary school when I was making a mock stained-glass pictures. Recently, I did some cutting while making one of my bags <Cut-out Bag>, but I thought I could try something different.
So I used the pattern suggested by the book, but instead of the ordinary paper, I used Washpapa shine - washable paper - as I want my project to last longer. 
Washpapa is a very versatile material and you can wash it, so there is no need to worry about dust and stains. The only difference is that it is not as easy to cut as paper. 
It is thicker and harder. Therefore you have to be prepared for sore fingers after cutting this cute little landscape ;)
Was it worth it? Well, initially I thought that maybe I am actually wasting my time.
But, when the evening came and I inserted a tea light (apparently you are supposed to use a battery powered one),I knew that it was worth all the effort.

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Now I want to make a new lampshade for our night table lamp, but I will have to make my own design to match the curtains.
In the meantime, I started cutting a motif for a new bag and will probably need a dressing on my fingers, or at least some cold bath for my hand, but I am not giving up. 
I just ordered a better-quality art knife from Fiskars with the rubber grip. Hopefully it will help a little. I will keep you updated!

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