Papercutting “lace pages”

papercut page in BOD
“lace page” in my art journal

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.

papercut index card
First attempt – on an index card placed on a black background

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.


All shall be well

All shall be well

Yesterday and today I worked on a bonus art lesson from Effy Wild’s ( online Book of Days 2017 class. I stayed fairly close to what Effy demonstrated in her video. I need to just create something without any pressure, to soothe myself and relax a bit before I go back to work. I have been off (not teaching) since the end of April, so this will be a bit of a re-adjustment to schedules, traffic, and interacting with more people.

The art journal spread was done by first creating a background with several layers of acrylic paint. Then I added the face and plant shapes, fiddled for a while with shading, outlining etc, and finally added the text. The words I chose reflect my mood while I was creating. When I make these mixed media spreads I often add a sentiment that is a message or reminder to myself.

I have been taking mixed media art classes for about two years now, several with Effy Wild, plus a few with other artists like Tamara Laporte (, and Tammy Garcia (

BOD v3 week0 (2)Here is the first face I painted from an Effy Wild lesson, back in September 2015 for a class called “Facing Forward”.

At the beginning every lesson I did had new techniques to learn, and new media I had never used, and I followed every step in the lesson as closely as possible, even the colour palettes. Two years later I have learned SO MUCH. Now I am much more confident and comfortable making art, and am finally starting to alter the lessons to suit myself.