Sunday 7 April 2013


The theme for Collage Obsession this week is 'Faces'.  Life is busy just now, and I am cheating a little by using a piece I made a few weeks ago, just for the fun of it, so I hope you will forgive me.

Painted paper 'doily' collage, 
magazine image background 8"x8"

I started out by wanting to make a 'cut-out doily' as we did when we were children, but with a completely random shape rather than a circular  repeat pattern.

I kept folding the paper in completely different directions to cut out small shapes, which produced this result.  Then I didn't know what to do with it, so I stuck it over the magazine photograph.  Only then did I think of painting it - definitely not planning ahead.

Yes, that's Johnny Depp's eye peeping through a space that seemed to have been designed for him to look through.

Before seeing the Collage Obsession theme for the week I had decided to link this simple piece of paper cutting with with Manon's papercrafting challenge Paper Saturdays, so I shall be linking up Manon too.

Do check out both blogs for some interesting and incredible artworks. 


  1. Wow Jez this is fab!!!I like this very much and want to do this too.

    You can cheat any day and it really doesn't matter at all. I am just really glad you came to join us and hope to see you next Saturday:) Anything with paper on paper or whatever includes paper is great!

    1. Thanks Manon, I'll look forward to taking part again when time and inspiration allow.

  2. Hi Jez,
    Popped over from PS...used to love making paper doilies as a kid...great post. :)

  3. Ha I guessed it, not from the eye but the hair!! Good job... next time cut one of those and then use it like a stencil....I made a pieces of art like that and I love it... Started out to be a background but I kept it as it was because I like it so much!! Use a bit thicker paper so the paint doesn't rip the stencil!!

    Hugs Giggles

  4. Very creative art! Suppose Johnny Depp likes this, too:D

  5. Good idea Giggles, I shall definitely try that idea. Thanks.

  6. This is great, Jez! I love your papercrafted doily and the eye peeking out. Thanks for participating in Collage Obsession this week! Glad to have you join us.

  7. What a great take on the faces challenge...great job Jez!

  8. I'd say that was serendipity rather than cheating! Great paper cutting technique. I love the close up of the eye.

  9. Oh, I love this paper cut art with a famous face behind it. So fun that your cut paper art is like a mask!

  10. I just wish Johnny would peep out at ME! Your cut paper art has resulted in a most creative and original pice of art. Great job! xx

  11. That's really great idea :)

  12. I cannot believe how well that fits the shape of his face. Like you say - it looks made for him. How serendipitous :D


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