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Blue Ink by daegfire Blue Ink by daegfire
A few years ago i did a paper cut inkblot .... thing fav.me/d1fhx7k
I was planing on revisiting it for one of DAs contests, but never got chance (i went on holiday instead :P).
So instead i took the idea and turned it into a more symmetrical design, as i hadn't done any since my last lot of bookmarks.

This is about A3 in size, hence the photos and not scans. I painted the paper in Liquid watercolour before starting the cutting.

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anazhinka Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist
that is sick! how long do you take to do something like that?
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daegfire Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I never timed it ... And I dread to think XP I do remember that it once I'd finished cutting I didn't like it and ended up reducing its size and changeling it's shape. Basically cutting away about 8 hours or so of work. It hurt, but it needed to be done. Wish I had taken a picture of it before tho. 
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Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Frickin' AMAZING!!!
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AnkharaS Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Wow. I don't feel qualified to give a critique about your work as I know so little about this medium but would like to share what I feel from a layman's perspective. To that end I would say that it appears at the center line of this work that I see faces emerging in various poses to whit the center most face appears pensive and in thought while a winged heart symbolizing love/hope/inspiration/dreams? bursts forth from his brow and takes flight. The center "splash" looks to be in the shape of feathers/wings spread as if to take flight. The darker colors with the beastly face fading to light color with an evolved species look seems to suggest the hope and inspiration that can spring forth from even our darker more basic nature. As to the actual cutting, this looks like a LOT of delicate time consuming back breaking work :) There are a lot of what I think of as delicate parts as there is only small portions of paper supporting the weight of a larger area. This piece to me seems very dramatic. As the central figures almost seem to leap out at you in a thought provoking way. I could see this work in a light box curved slightly as if around a large pillar, the resulting shadows contributing to this piece as much as the swirling shades of blue to the overall mood and feel of this piece. I could almost think this has a comic book villain turned hero for love of someone feel to it. Feel free to hide my comment as I am sure I am just rambling at this point lol
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daegfire Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry its taken a little while to get back to you, been stupid busy!

Then I created this cut I started with a very very loose outline. Literally one that just placed where I wanted the image to stop. No detail, no planning. This is the way with a lot of my paper cuts. Considering that its very interesting to hear what you seen in my work.
For me I simply sat down and cut until it looked good, and much of that was done with the art folded in half, so I was never seeing the full image while working on it. For me it was simply an exercise in cutting paper on a larger scale.

What you have done is something that all art critics do. Look at some art and put some meaning to it, wether to explain it to yourself, or express how it makes you feel. Regardless of its origanal intent.
Personally I love this, art should challenge the viewer to explore how they feel about the work. It doesn't matter that to me this was half experiment half just something to do. Because others find meening in it more then I ever did or probably will.

Hope it doesn't bother you to find out that there is no depth in the creation of this work, but sometimes that's just the way it is. Some art has meaning, some art is just pretty and fun to make.
Thanks for your message, and again, sorry it took a while to reply xx
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AnkharaS Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Lol. It definitely doesn't bother me to hear that you went with the flow. What meaning we find in art is much like cloud watching since both are hard pressed for two people to see the same things. Seriously though, if that art were mine I'd attach it to a clear plastic sheet and bow it around a light source cause I think the resulting shadows would be AMAZING :)
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Dainty-Tea Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear god. This is so fantastic.
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daegfire Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha thanks xx
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KeiSuperstar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's such a hin work! great!
but what do you use? a cutter?
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daegfire Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do use laser and cameo cutters on occasion, but the majority of my work is done by hand with a scalpel. This one I hand cut. X
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! :)
Beautiful liquid dynamic, and colors.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a piece that only a lot of time and a lot of patience can do it justice. I think this "ink blot" idea is brilliant! And the size helps to bring out the sheer magnitude of this project as well... there's no mincing with size here. "Go big or go home!"

I like your designs with these bilaterally symmetrical cuts - sometimes it really pays off to expand your horizon and see where it will lead. And in this case, I think it's led you to a wonderful place.

Keep it up!
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daegfire Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Size definitely helps! Although this started life a little bigger then it is here. When i fist finished cutting i didn't like the shape i have created, so i cut it down quite a bit. Its hard to remove large chunks after spending so much time cutting it. But sometimes you have to, and it made the final image much more pleasing on the eye.

Thanks so much xxx
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes a little sacrifice can lead to a much better final result; letting go is not always a bad thing. I agree with you here, what you have done here is very pleasing to the eye. I still think you've done a wonderful job over all.

You're more than welcome.
Hope to see more from you in the future.
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daegfire Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep, it can be disheartening cutting things away when i've spent hours cutting it. but it was worth the sacrifice !
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It certainly looks that way to me. I don't know what you had to sacrifice to accomplish what you have here - but what you have here is smashing. :)
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casaye Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Brilliant -love the blue one, must have taken you ages
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daegfire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It did take a while. Thankfully i was doing it on and off around commissioned work, and it acted like a brake from other stuff. Does mean that any guess on how long it took is probably wrong :P
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LaChasseur Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Patience of a saint Amy :D How long did that take you?
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daegfire Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Honestly .... no idea. been doing over the past few weeks on and off whenever i get bored of painting. 10 -15 hours maybe ??? More time then the black one
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LaChasseur Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're both good but I like the blue one because blue is my fave colour! Honestly you have the patience of a saint and a hand steadier than...can't think of a good analogy but you get my meaning! :P
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daegfire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
NO!!!! i do not get your meaning !!! i demand you think of an analogy right now !!!

haha, thanks. I prefer the blue one as well, the colour somehow makes it look even more complex then it really is. Right now i'm just trying to find a way to frame it :S i've had some ideas, just need to see if any of them will work.
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MinObsi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it's perfect !
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daegfire Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha thanks :D
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GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Aww sweet,it's pretty cool,I like it:iconlikeasirplz:
Did you add ink to it?
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daegfire Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I painted it with liquid watercolour before cutting ..... which is a little like ink .... It occurs to me now that i miss named the image really haha oh well :P
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GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay.
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