Here’s the new central part of our window at work, with what turned into a sea-themed frame around the shop’s name/logo.
I did it in cut paper, so that it would blend with the cut paper birds and flowers that Emily Hearn did, years ago (we just love her birds too much to take them down!) Once I stopped thinking about it, and just started doing it, it only took an afternoon of doodling, using a scalpel and a swivel knife, instead of a pen. I penciled guidlenes in as I went, and the whole frame grew organically…only the logo/name was done according to a detailed sketch, to get the trademark letters right.
I learned to use the swivel knife on this project, and it’s one of my favorite tools, now.
When I started out I thought I was going to do something about clouds and the sky. But the sea took over, and before I knew it, in rushed waves, seaweed, a ship, and an octopus! Not surprisingly, as the sea is a huge part of my life.
Towards the end I really started to get into detailed cutting (that’s always the way, isn’t it? By the time you’re all warmed up and the ideas start to come, the job’s seven-eighths done!) and put in the West wind and a tentacled Kraken to flank the ship.