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October 10, 2012
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Blue Ink by daegfire Blue Ink by daegfire
A few years ago i did a paper cut inkblot .... thing [link]
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?
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. 
Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Frickin' AMAZING!!!
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
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
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 :)
Dainty-Tea Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear god. This is so fantastic.
daegfire Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha thanks xx
KeiSuperstar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's such a hin work! great!
but what do you use? a cutter?
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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