Papercutting and silks

I’m working on a papercutting for somebody at the moment. Spent many hours this weekend on it and finally cut it this evening to see how it looks. There are several tweaks to make but generally am really pleased with how it’s turned out. What to back it with?! I remembered I did one a while ago and had had backed it onto raw silk. It looked pretty lush.

Saturday – went to a lovely shop that specialises in raw silk from China, Thailand and India. It’s called Roisin Cross. OMG. The shop has the most beautiful range of silks. Beauuuuutiful. I was caught up in the colours and textures and didn’t want to choose – wanted them all but had to make a decision in the end.

I chose three Dupion silks – these are woven in India and have a wonderful texture with little imperfections in the weave that makes them so pretty.They’re not so flowy or soft as the lighter weight silks as I needed the stiffer backing. They have a certain irridescence about them as well. Just so lovely.

The choice of colour had to be something that would contrast with white paper – Canson brilliant white, 250gsm, acid-free cartridge paper. In the end I chose a sharp green, a dark sea blue-green and a dark mulberry.

The pic above is the first cut, on Canson natural white on the dark sea green.

On the sharp green:

On the mulberry:

The Dupion silks:

Am so delighted to have found this shop. It’s been difficult to find good quality backing paper for papercuts for the past year and silk makes for a wonderful alternative.

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Well, the weekend has flown by and time to think about getting stuff ready for the week. Hope you had a good one. xox

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