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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

This paper cutting style is called Wycinanki (Vee-chee-nan-kee) - this is a form of paper cutting found in the country of Poland.  This particular Wycinanki is a variation of the "Tree of Life."  Trees are a popular design element in Wycinanki.  This was cut from a sheet of computer printer paper.  The paper is folded and half of a tree is drawn on the fold.  It is important that the design be connected like the leading on stained glass. The shapes are cut out with an x-acto knife and when the cutting is complete, the cut-out design is glued to colored construction paper.  I gave this particular Christmas Tree of Life to my daughter as a hostess gift this evening.  It has become refrigerator art!


Ruth said...

Wow, beautiful design. No wonder this is frig art. Bet it gets framed for permanent keeping. Love all the shapes in this.
Merry Christmas to you, Barb

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Barb...did you have a pattern to follow for this? If not, I have to say only one who understands negative shapes as well as you could have drawn and cut out the positive shapes to allow the negative shapes to rule! This is a beauty.

Studio at the Farm said...

Barb, a happy and healthy holiday to you!!

Barb Sailor said...

Ruth - thank a lot. All I know is that it was on her frige last night when we left! Merry Christmas, to you too!

Barb Sailor said...

Susan...No pattern but you know I like negative shapes! I just sort of cut it out as I go along after penciling in some guide lines. I taught wycinanki paper cutting for years in the high school classroom. The students usually enjoyed this project once they caught on to the idea that everything has to be connected.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Barb Sailor said...

Studio - the same to you and yours!