Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Playing with Punches

I found another beautiful wood scrap in the hubster's workshop and am trying to decide what I am going to do with it. Last evening I went through a magazine and punched out some circles and squares with my recently acquired Fiskars punches. They are the kind with handles that you squeeze and through which you can see exactly what you are getting. I think they are called "squeeze" punches.

The wood is so beautiful, I don't think I want to paint it or cover it completely with paper like I did when I made the elephant collage. I didn't really have a theme in mind while I was cutting, but I found interesting patterns. After trying to punch the thin magazine, I realized that I would have more success (I ruined a few of them) if I put a piece of card stock behind the picture when cutting. I had a piece of scrap card next to the printer behind me and just grabbed it. I notice now that the orange is a nice addition to the patterns. Serendipitous!

I will spend some time today trying to get a pleasing arrangement without covering up too much of the original wood and will post the result tomorrow. I also noticed how messy my art room is, so must spend some time today getting it organized. My treasures from last Thursday are still in their bags and are taking up much needed floor space.

See you tomorrow.....


  1. enjoy yourself! btw ... those punches cost a boom here!

  2. I think that's a great idea! Re using wax, does the hubster have another scrap you can practice with to see how you like the effect the wax makes? I see no reason why you can't use it as adhesive, as long as you like how it looks. hugs, nancy

  3. You can certainly use wax and if you have a heat gun you can heat the wax and move it around. Do you have a tiny iron? that works too! Dedicate a brush (natural bristles only!) to your wax and work in layers. Wish I could play with you!
    Tina Hamilton