just monkeying around…

by RaShell on 2008-02-18

I am in awe. I would call myself speechless, but since I’m still able to type, I guess it wouldn’t be entirely accurate…
This lady, Heather Moore, from Cape Town, South Africa, draws and then cuts out these unbelievable delicate designs which she then either leaves “as is”:

Or uses for screen printing:

She starts with a doodle:

Cuts them out with a sharp craft knife:

And Voila! Lace-like creation is born! The intricacy of these cutout masterpieces is mind blowing, IMHO:

And no, LeO, it’s not the same as carving bad Russian words on wooden benches. :-p
The graphic effect is stunning. I think you get the idea -I like them a lot!!!! Where’s my X-acto knife?

February 18th, 2008 at 11:57 am
11 Responses to “A Cut Above the Rest.”
  1. 1
    Judi Says:

    Oh.. pretty.. this does make you want to get doodling, huh? Wow.. very neat.

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Judi,

    Yeah, it definitely does. Very inspiring :-)

  3. 3

    Amazing! It’s not all that often I come across an art/craft that so totally intimidates me! Can’t even begin to imagine having such fine control of the hand and knife. Me too – almost struck speechless!

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    Diamond Digger Says:

    Beautiful and very intricate. Alas, I don’t think I would have the patience to be so “exact”. Then again…I can’t even doodle very well…lol
    Thanks for sharing this exquisite artwork.

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Jen,

    I can’t say paper cutting intimidates me, and I tried it before, so I speak from experience. But it also makes me understand better how amazingly precise her knife skills are, cause in a piece like this – one wrong move, and hours of hard work can go to waste!

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Diamond Digger,

    You’re welcome, and don’t be shy about your doodling skills. There’s really no “right way” to do it 😉

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    Those are excellent! I especially like the way she used them to create the apron. An awful lot of time must go into those.

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    Kelly Says:

    This is amazing! I’m no stranger to a craft knife, so I can really appreciate the work that goes into this art.

    Just discovered your site today, and have to say I’m inspired to stop tossing my doodles in the trash. Well, I’ll stop tossing them ALL in the trash. :)

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Michael,

    I agree :-) I’m afraid to think how long it might take, especially considering that this thing is actually pretty big.

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Same here, I dabbed in papercutting, so I know what it takes.

    Welcome to Doodlage! Glad to hear you’ll hold on to your doodles from now on :-) Feel free to send scans of some of them to us whenever you feel like it. We’re always looking for guest doodlers 😉

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    Gina Says:

    These are pretty amazing. I know I wouldn’t have the patience or the skill to do this sort of thing. It’s almost like being a surgeon.