This summer I saw a post by Balzer Designs lace pages about something she called “cutting lace pages”. This technique is also called papercutting. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer has a video demonstration on her page, and I liked her no-plan, abstract design approach. I really liked the final effect, and it looked fairly easy, so I decided to try it. For my first one I used an index card to test the process, and because I was doing Daisy Yellow’s “Index card a day” summer challenge. I had a crappy craft knife and dollar store cutting mat, but was really happy with the result.
More recently I went and bought an x-acto knife and real cutting mat from a craft store. I made the second one (at the top of my post) on a piece of watercolour paper, and tipped it into my art journal, so that a gorgeous background I made from one of Effy Wild‘s tutorials in her “Book of Days” class would show through. I keep thinking I should add some words onto the background page to show through the gaps, but I haven’t found the right ones yet.
This is definitely a fun art journal technique that I will use again.