Emily Brown’s Cut Paper Inspires

It comes as no great surprise — I love cut paper.  Love.  I find it highly inspirational.

But what is surprising about this artist, Emily Brown, is how she uses her cut paper.  Instead of simply framing it, which is amazing enough, she uses it to make a variety of prints including pillows with printed designs.

The next time you are thinking about how to make a living as a writer, think about Emily Brown.  Are there any “out of the box” ways that you can earn some writing income?

Although I still consider myself a children’s writer, I have earned income writing up organizational histories and even a family history or two.  I would never consider those my primary goals, but they have provided both income and experience.

What might you try?

Thank you Ann Martin of All Things Paper  whose blog inspired this post.



Inspiration — paper cutting by Lisa Rodden

You all won’t be surprised when I tell you — again — how inspirational I find various types of paper art.  But this time around it isn’t origami or other folded paper.  It is cut paper.

Lisa Rodden‘s work shows me how subtle something can be and still get across what she is portraying.  Cuts of a knife through white paper reveal the colored beneath and out swims a koi.  Or out flies a crane.

Take some time to check out her work.  As you browse, consider how you use the interplay between light and dark in your own work.  Does your hero have a dark side?  A flaw?  Is your antagonist all bad?  Or is there a bit of color coming through his dark exterior?

Trust your reader to understand the subtleties that play through your work.  Light and shadow and peaks of color can reveal a lot.

Special thanks to Ann Martin who originally blogged about Lisa Rodden on her own blog, All Things Paper.

So often, we don’t count on our reader to get what we are doing.  Instead of using theme and detail to strengthen our message, we state it baldly.  Of course, that’s also when we get rejected for preaching

— SueBE

Take Your Work Unexpected Places

How often do you manage to do something surprising with your work?  Or are your stories pretty predictable?

This is what I was thinking about after I saw some pictures of the orukami (Origami) created by Himanshu Agrawal.  Not only does his work encompass the amazing pieces that I think of us “normal” origami (a variety of small animals) but he does other work on a much larger scale.

Check out his work on his Flickr stream and you’ll see a Western-styled dragon made out of newspaper and an Eastern-styled dragon made out of the metallic foil used in cigarette packages.  Not only is the paper he uses sometimes a bit unusual but you’ll find some pieces here that are much larger than a human.

So, what can you do to make your own work larger than life?

Special thanks to Ann Martin of All Things Paper who first brought Himanshu Agrawal’s work to my attention.



All things paper Ann Martin

Paper Art — Fanciful Sculptures

Here I am again with my paper art — no surprise there.  But take a look at this video and see if Patti Grazini doesn’t manage to surprise you with her work.  She doesn’t just use paper — she uses letters, money and even sheet music.  These specialty papers each somehow relate to the sculpture in which they are used.

What are the limits of your work?

If you write picture books or even young adult novels, your work will be limited in many ways by your readers — who they are, their developmental levels and what they love.

But Grazini’s sculptures made me wonder how often our work is limited by us, by our lack of imagination or vision.  Her pieces look so fanciful but the series depicted in this video are based on real criminals.

Watch Grazini’s interview.  Then why don’t you try creating something beyond your norm.  You might surprise yourself.

Special thanks to Ann Martin of the blog All Things Paper who brought Grazini to my attention.