Well, it’s certainly good to be back.
A crazy few weeks of work, business-travel and a greater than usual number of plates to spin and balls to juggle has meant that creative things have taken a backseat of late.
But not anymore; the days are long now, with August just around the corner bringing a welcome reprieve and some headspace once more.
So let’s begin again…
Remember the old shipping maps, that I found in a vintage shop of a couple of years ago? One evening last week I unfolded a map, took out my trusty craft knife and had a go at creating a paper-boat seascape, setting a fisherman out to sail;
Here it is!
I began by making a simple paper boat (instructions here). Paper boat-making is about as close as I come to origami (apart from these stars, which are just as simple), but it’s a very lovely throwback to childhood and simple pleasures. Then I cut out the base for the paper sculpture; three tiers of paper waves, with a sliver of foamboard glued between each of them for definition and layering.
And now the hard bit; I used a sharp craft knife to carefully cut out one side of the boat cabin, and then cut a similar-sized piece of translucent paper to glue in its place. Freehand, I lightly drew and carved out shapes of a fisherman, wheel, lantern and a small shoal of fish, before sticking them into place. As a final touch, I pushed a battery t-light into the folds of the boat…
To create a mantelpiece luminary!
If the paper-cutting feels prohibitively complicated, stick to making simple paper boats which still look beautiful with a battery light inside them. A fleet of them down the centre of a dining table at night, or an armada of tiny paper ships floating on a pond or a pool if you have one would look lovely!
Have a wonderful weekend!