TREND: Tropical

This playful and fun interior trend is sure to brighten any room. Iconic Swiss cheese plant leaves make the base of most tropical prints, while exotic birds such as parrots and cockatoos will be centre stage. Flamingo pink and jungle green with accents of  gold, are the dream combination for this lively trend. Finish with neon lighting and pina coladas all round.

Tropical Trend Board

 

  1. Foliage
  2. Pink Wall
  3. Leaves
  4. Car
  5. Cheese Plant Leaves
  6. Tropical Wallpaper
  7. Tropical Papercut

 

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I Take Thee Papercut

This week we added a new wedding design to our shop! ‘Just Married’ can be personalised with surnames and dates, and is the perfect gift for a wedding or first ‘paper’ anniversary.

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Our collection of wedding and anniversary papercuts is growing, so we thought we’d give you a quick round-up . . .

Christening Papercut 7
Personalised Church Papercut £20
Just Married Papercut 5
Personalised Just Married Papercut £30
Commision Papercut
Personalised Commission A4 £45 / A3 £90
Wedding Vows Papercut
Personalised Vows Papercut £50
Wedding Anniversary Papercut 15
Personalised Bride & Groom Papercut £60.00

 

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Trend: Forest Green

There’s something rather relaxing about the colour of the season. It draws the outside in, whether it’s a fresh and light pastel or a deep, sumptuous dark forest green. Rich in botanical prints, it’s all about the leaf, so time to stock up on those house plants! Combine with natural materials, such as twine, cork and untreated wood to nail this laid back look. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite inspirations from pinterest, and we suspect this trend will be here to stay for the winter …

 

trend board

 

  1. Watercolour Wall
  2. Cushions & Throw
  3. Cushion Stack
  4. Botanical Wreath
  5. Initial Papercut
  6. Panelled Wall
  7. Hexagon Tiles
  8. Forest Green Wall
  9. Plant Stand

 

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Something Old, Something New

There’s nothing better than adding a nice, shiny, new product to our shop, and this weeks ‘vows’ papercut has been a fun one. We love the old saying ‘may you never steal, lie or cheat’ in our display piece (leap year, anyone?), read it in an Irish accent and it really comes to life. It can be personalised with your own vows, names and dates.

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One of our main projects over the next few months, is to expand our wedding collection. It’s such a special time for a couple, and we more than anyone (*ahem, perfectionists*) understand the need for every tiny detail to be perfect.  We want to create a range of products that are beautiful, stylish, and most importantly, personal. It’s funny how such simple things can represent a person or couple. Us, for example, could be defined by those that know us, by our hunter wellies. We wear them all the time to walk our dog. Our personalised commissions are made up of all these symbols, traits and experiences that make a person who they are. Which is why it is such a personal gift to give.

Wedding Vows Papercut 4

So why shouldn’t wedding stationary be just as personal? There’s so many elements of a wedding, and we can’t wait to start creating our new collection. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates. What would you like to see us create in our wedding collection?

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The Black Roses Collection

We have long since been fans of Timorous Beasties work. If your not familiar with their work, you really need to check out their wallpapers, as they blur the lines between decor and art. The pieces that first drew us in were the toile designs. From a distance, a skyline of London or Edinburgh, but on closer inspection you’ll find something a little deeper. We loved the idea of hidden details. The more you look, the more you see.

Hunting Papercut 7

With our new collection, we wanted to create something with more meaning, that asks questions, that draws from the modern world. There is a kind of juxtaposition between what you want to see and reality.

Desk Papercut 4

The  ‘Black Roses’ Collection has a darker feel than our usual work. It plays on the idea of thoughts and issues that aren’t being discussed, that perhaps should be. There are currently three pieces in the collection, which we so lovingly refer to as the ‘clock’ one, the ‘hunting’ one and, the ‘desk’ one. Which one’s your favourite?

Clock Papercut

 

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P.s. If you want to see a teaser video for our new collection head on over to our Facebook page…

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Cutting Shapes Out Of Paper . . .

Hare and Tortoise papercut nursery baby gift

So now you know why we started The Paper Roses, it’s probably time for us to tell you what it is we actually do? What is a papercut and how do we make them? A papercut is, in our mind at least, cutting a design from one single sheet of paper. It really is that simple.

Sometimes an idea comes to us straight away, and we can start drawing, and it’s not long til we can get to the good bit, and actually start cutting out. Other times … well, let’s just say we need a little bit of inspiration. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration, (if you’re not already following us but love all things pink, grey and white take a peep here) there’s such a wide range of imagery, and categories, there’s always something to kick start some ideas. If you’ve read our last post, you’ll already know that we’re drawn to nature in our work. So if we’re struggling for ideas, taking a camera out and going exploring is never a bad start.

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Once we’ve got our ideas together, it’s time to start drawing out. We’ve learnt the hard way that a lighter pencil like a 2H works best for us, because some days we just can’t draw. Things don’t go right, things don’t look the way there suppose to, and our letters end up several sizes bigger than when we started. So the point is, we need a pencil that erases well, and doesn’t leave smudgy marks all of the page.

It’s not only our pencils that have taught us as lesson or two. Paper can be a make or break factor of papercutting. Too thin, and it could end up tearing, too thick and your blades will drag, and blunt after a few cuts. We’ve experimented with a lot of papers over the last few years, and it has taken time to find the perfect one. Here a tip from us, don’t confuse paper weight with quality. We bought a cheap pad of supposedly quality artist paper, a nice medium weight. We spent a several hours drawing out some designs, then when we came to cut, it ripped. It was horrible. It pulled every time there was any slight curve in the cut. We have had lighter weight paper in the past that have been smooth to cut, but have torn after because they it was too flimsy to be handled.

Hare & Tortoise Papercut

When we have finished drawing out, we are down to the best bit … yay! There’s something really satisfying about cutting tiny shapes out of paper. Our go to blades are the Swann Morton blades, No.11 with our favourite handles by tonic studios. We used to use the general craft knife blades, but since trying the swann morton’s we were converted. We have had the same old green cutting mats for years, one has some random burn marks on from when we went through a ‘pyrography’ stage.

So to summarise, all we use is a pencil, paper, craft knife, and cutting mat, to cut holes out of paper. Well done if you got to the end of this, it’s been a long one.

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That Old Cliche …

We’re sure you’ve heard it a million times before when artists and designers say what inspires them. Yes you guessed it … Nature. We are of course, no different. It seems such a cliche to say we are inspired by the world around us . But it couldn’t be more true. Our name ‘The Paper Roses’ evolved from us unconsciously drawing roses in almost every papercut, but our love of roses developed long before we started papercutting. Since we were young we have always had roses in our garden. We photographed them, we drew from them, and created work inspired by them.

Everything's coming up roses papercut 6.jpg

All of that said, so many other factors influence our work. The majority of our pieces have been designed for a specific person, so the biggest inspiration is the people we are creating them for. What do they like? What are their hobbies? Where do they like to travel? Who are the important people in their lives? What makes them who they are?

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Our new collection that we are working on (more on that soon!) takes more inspiration from current issues, the nature of humans, yet still draws from the world around us, as we see it.

The Paper Roses x

 

Oh you’re a papercutter. That’s nice … What is it?

When you think of cutting, you think of knives and blades. Not the most delicate of images, right? Papercutting, however is the creation of something beautiful & delicate, with the use of only paper and a blade. Look around you. You’ll find paper everywhere. So how can you turn something so ordinary into something unique? The answer… with inspiration and a lot of patience.

Papercutting isn’t something we always dreamt of doing when we were little girls. We didn’t dream of taking a knife to a sheet of paper when we were five, (more of making beautiful dresses) so it’s no surprise that our creative roots didn’t start with paper, but with fabric. Our interests, at least until university, lay with embroidery, screen printing and sewing. That wasn’t to say we weren’t already “cutters”, we just hadn’t turned our minds to paper yet. We experimented a lot with reverse applique (stitching designs into layers of fabric, then cutting through the layers to reveal different fabrics), and later began to dabble with papercutting, but it wasn’t until we went to an exhibition of paper cut artists that our heads were really turned. 

It has taken us several years to develop our style and knowledge of papercutting, but we are by no means experts. We have learnt a lot about blades, scalpels and the importance of paper, how to cut thinner, neater. How far we can push paper to its limits before it tears. We are still learning, our style is still evolving.

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